Tyler Colman reports: “In a surprising setback for selling wine online, the New York State State Liquor Authority ruled yesterday that the sale of wine by third-party ‘advertisers’ violates its code.” This could have a huge impact on firms like Lot18 and newspaper wine clubs.
“Totally pleasant and totally bland. Appropriately.” In Buzzfeed, Michael Madrigale — the head sommelier at Bar Boulud – ruthlessly evaluates 15 celebrity wines. (That particular tasting note was for Dave Matthews’ “Everyday” White Blend.)
“We will be keeping the traditional style of Figeac the same, and don’t want to tamper with its signature elegance and freshness.” Frédéric Faye, director of Château Figeac, promises that the property’s wines “won’t change” under Michel Rolland.
“Because of their relative isolation, they’ve harbored fantastic winemaking traditions that have only recently come to international notice. Whether it’s nero d’Avola from Sicily, assyrtiko from Santorini or rosé from Corsica, there’s something sexy about the idea of vines surrounded by water, cut off from the rest of the world.” In the Oregonian, Katherine Cole praises the wines of Mallorca.
Gregory Dal Piaz writes about his efforts to gather a group of “wine writers in a Chinese restaurant to taste some of the finest wines of Piedmont.”
“Paso Robles is positioning itself to give Napa a run for its money.” Michael Cervin praises the wines of Paso Robles for “offering incredible value and diversity.”
Tom Wark praises The Godfather (and wine).
In The Buzz Bin, Pia Mara Finkell highlights “Three Craft Beer Trends to Watch.”