Hello and welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week.
Is That Wine Really Vegan?
The answer is almost certainly, no.
We all need to follow Jancis’ advice.
Redundancy and ‘weird ferments’ lead to a brave new world of wine
Cool wines made in Denmark….. Australia.
Is It Time for California to Get Rid of Some Vineyards?
Probably, but that’s not highest on the list of things to do.
The Best Wine Glass for Any Occasion: Our Critic Reviews 5 New Contenders
Eric Asimov swears no glasses were harmed in the making of this article.
A new level of identity for Canary Island wines
Finally, Canary Island wines can label using Parcela names.
The Lifecycle of a Wine Bottle, From Sand to the Economy of Recycling
Hint: most aren’t even recycled.
Wine drinkers face higher prices and less choice, firm warns
Brexit comes home to roost.
Alas, gone too soon.
Camins 2 Dreams: Two Cultures Align but Picking Dates? Not So Much
The romance behind Kitá continues, however.
Four fraudsters convicted over counterfeiting Penfolds in Guangdong
Nice to see a conviction.
The Next Varietal Trend—Analysts Weigh In
And basically avoid the question.
Why the drinks trade should be afraid of WHO
Bad news bears.
FUTUREWATCH: Critic Publishers
Robert Joseph on the proliferation of subscription sites.
Bobby Stuckey Chooses His Wines of a Lifetime
Sounds like a well-stocked desert island.
World’s First Molecular Beverage Printer Raises $30M to Produce ‘Infinite Amount of Drinks’
I predict after several rounds of massive investment: nothing we can drink.
What will happen to Hong Kong’s wine market if Covid isolation to last until 2024?
What will happen to all the markets?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!
- 2020 Domaine Haut-Gleon Rose (Vallee du Paradis): Long on tasty refreshment, short on personality (and finish). $15 B
- 2009 Le Ragose Amarone della Valpolicella Classico (Piedmont): An acquired taste combo of sweet, prune fruits and exciting vibrancy. $53 A-
- 2016 El Coto ‘Coto de Imaz’ Reserva (Rioja): Come for the game, tobacco, & cherry fruits; stay for the charming old school energy. $25 B+
- 2019 Rodney Strong ‘Upshot’ White Blend (California): Aptly named—Lots of tropical, zingy upsides, & very little downsides. $22 B+
- NV Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Brut Rose (Arroyo Grande Valley): Almost aggressively sexy red berry action… of that’s your thing, have at it! $25 B+
- 2019 Lake Sonoma Winery Lazy Dog Vineyard Malbec (Sonoma Valley): Quaffable and spicy, but might have you wondering “Where’s the beef?” $45 B
- 2018 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley): Delicious congruence of freshly tanned leather and pure, transparent raspberry fruit. $32 B+
- 2019 Mettler Family Vineyards ‘Epicenter’ Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi): Plucky, plummy, perky and (lip-smackingly) POTENT! $25 B+
- 2018 Four Vines ‘The Kinker’ Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles): Herbal, juicy, and satisfying… and particularly satisfying for your bank account. $18 B+
- 2018 OG de Negoce n 32 Cabernet Sauvignon (Dry Creek Valley): Like the pencil lead factory! What a spicy, gamey, and elegant bargain. $18 A-
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Alder Yarrow delves into the history and significance of Madeira. “One of the great things about drinking Madeira is knowing that you’re tasting something that isn’t far off of what folks like Thomas Jefferson might have been drinking more than 400 years ago. No other wine in the world can provide as accurate a window into the true flavors of the past.”
Sterling, one of Napa’s most visited wineries, unveils reopening plan after Glass Fire damage. Jess Lander has the details in the San Francisco Chronicle.
In the Napa Valley Register, Dan Berger ponders the role of authenticity and regionality in Randall Grahm’s Popeluchum.
On JancisRobinson.com, Samantha Cole-Johnson explores California sparkling wine. (subscription req.)
In the World of Fine Wine, Raymond Blake pays tribute to the late Anthony Barton, whose time at the helm of his family’s châteaux, Langoa and Léoville Barton, made him one of the most respected figures in Bordeaux.
Barbara Barrielle shares some of the latest research on smoke taint in Wine Industry Network.
In Vinous, Eric Guido on the pros and cons of Rosso di Montalcino and beyond.