“His passion… was crafting beautiful wines, and evangelizing the wine-centric lifestyle, a mash-up of good wine, good food, good conversation, good friends, fine art, hard work, and above all, an appreciation for all the pleasures that ensued.” In honor of Robert Mondavi’s 100th birthday, Paul Gregutt writes a touching post.
“Maybe it’s a matter of experience. Or maybe it’s contrariness. But what is it about some wine lovers that makes them so unwilling to accept certain realities?” In his latest WineSpectator.com column, Matt Kramer brings attention to two realities that wine enthusiasts seem unwilling to accept.
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre profiles Carlton McCoy, a DC-native who recently earned the rank of master sommelier.
Elsewhere in the Post, McIntyre suggest “5 summer wines to try.” (Domaine Pfister’s Cuvee 8 is absolutely delicious.)
In Sonoma, the value of grapes is skyrocketing.
“Culture, not politics, is key when it comes to selling Turkish wines in America.” Mike Veseth writes a thoughtful piece on Turkish wines.
At Wakawaka Wine Reviews, Elaine Brown previews Forlorn Hope’s 2012 St Laurent.
“[Oregon] is inspired by Burgundy, but it’s not Burgundy.” In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray chats with Veronique Drouhin-Boss, head winemaker at both Domaine Drouhin in the Willamette Valley and Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy.
Over at Reign of Terroir, Ken Payton chats with Pierre Galet, the “father of modern ampelography.”
Jamie Goode offers some quick impressions from Vinexpo.
E! News reports: “Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s wine has been a nonstop success since it first landed on the shelves in March of this year.”