Slate’s wine critic, Mike Steinberger, makes a compelling case for treating Champagne just like any other wine. I agree -Champagne should be enjoyed all year long, and not just when celebrating. On a related note, Steinberger needs to write more regularly!
The Wine Spectator has some exciting news for all those folks who want to prove that cheap Pinot Noir is about 24% Syrah. As the Spectator explains, “When a wine label reads ‘Merlot,’ most consumers believe that’s what’s inside, but while scientists can genetically identify grapes, there hasn’t been a way to ID grape varieties in a finished wine. But now an ongoing medical study at the University of Texas may have found a solution that could give the wine industry a new tool in authentication. Scientists at the university, with help from colleagues at the University of California at Davis, have developed a sensor that can identify grape varieties in wine by measuring and identifying the tannins.”
A reminder: don’t serve booze to your pets. Would anyone actually think this is a good idea?
Boston toasts the end of taxes on alcohol.
Jay McInerney visits Veritas, the New York City restaurant with more than 75,000 bottles (and more than 3,000 selections) in its cellar.