Wine news November 16, 2015

CNBC on soaring wine sales in the US and Ray Isle's holiday picks. "Nielsen reported that while volume grew by only 1 percent from 2013 to 2014, revenue increased by 4 percent. This means Americans are buying more expensive wines."

The Los Angeles Times profiles Christian Navarro of Wally's Wines and Spirits. "Wally's was founded in 1968 as a liquor store by owner Steve Wallace. Since then it has grown into the best wine shop in Los Angeles, according to the Zagat Survey. Famous customers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Eli Broad and former President Bill Clinton."

The Wall Street Journal reviews Matt Kramer's new book True Taste. "Mr. Kramer asks, “How many times can you describe a Pinot Noir as being cherry-scented? So you get more specific, summoning up black cherry, wild cherry, pie cherry, maraschino cherry, cherry jam and cherry liqueur.”

InStyle on Tuscany wine travel tips. 

In Decanter Hospices de Beaune breaks record with proceeds dedicated to Paris victims.

In Wines and Vines surging sales for red blends.

Jancis Robinson on the rise and rise of the somms. "Bud Cuchet of London fine-wine brokers Fine + Rare Wines volunteered to me recently that he followed a number of New York somms on Instagram because 'they're ahead of the curve' with their shared images of wine discoveries – sometimes bottles so obscure they are known as unicorn wines."