Panos Kakaviatos responds to the news that Michel Rolland has been hired as a consultant for Château Figeac.
W. Blake Gray wonders if it’s unethical for a wine critic to make wine. Paul Gregutt, the main Washington critic for Wine Enthusiast, just launched a project with Precept Wines, Washington’s second-largest winery.
GrapeRadio shares the audio from the talk by Allen Meadows at the 2012 International Pinot Noir Celebration.
In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague chats with New York City sommelier John Slover, who recently left Le Bernardin.
In Decanter, Chris Mercer reports that “most major port houses are expected to declare” the 2011 vintage.
J. J. Buckley’s Chuck Hayward puts the spotlight on Howell Mountain.
Slate’s Explainer, Brian Palmer, asks if a $30,000 bottle of wine is really that good.
In Wine Enthusiast, Janice Fuhrman samples “the best hike-and-imbibe tours.”