“According to the new ‘girly-wine’ brand marketers, we want to be skinny, to toss our hair playfully like ponies as we pick our bottles to match moods, not foods. We also crave an easy-sipping flavor profile with a naughty edge of sweetness.” In Bloomberg, Elin McCoy takes wine marketers to task for treating 21- to 34-year-old women as if they have “no more sophistication than a bevy of sorority sisters on spring break.”
“These are deck wines, boat wines, outdoor wines, picnic wines — easy and accessible.” In the Seattle Times, Paul Gregutt explains why he loves drinking rosé this time of year.
Dr. Vino poses an interesting question: “Which do you think represents the greater opportunity for improving quality particularly in far-flung or emerging domestic wine regions, tourism or locavorism?”
“With the Ironworkers Union and a window wholesaler as neighbors, Ed Kurtzman has pioneered San Francisco’s urban winery revolution — producing top Pinot Noir and more not only for his label (Sandler) but also with partners Gary Franscioni and Howard Graham for the Roar and August West labels.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné writes about “Square 33″ of San Francisco.
“We are convinced that 2012 is the year that third party wine marketers will demonstrate not only their staying power but also their long term importance to the wine consumer and wine supplier that they bring together.” So proclaims Elizabeth Hansen of ShipCompliant.
“Juve y Camps Brut Nature Reserva de la Familia 2007… is an excellent example of what Spain can produce in a sparkling wine. At $20, it tastes like a $40 champagne. You could fool your friends, but Spain deserves the recognition.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre writes about travel in a bottle.
“According to the Department of Motor Vehicle’s 2012 California DUI Management Information System report, Napa and Sonoma counties posted the highest rate of driving under the influence arrests in the Bay Area in 2010.” NBC Bay Area runs an investigative report on the prevalence of drunk driving in wine country. (Tom Wark listed drunk driving as an “uncomfortable truth” of the California Wine Routes earlier this week.)
From the AFP, an article on the efforts of Chinese vintners to convince local wine lovers that they “can compete with the very best there is.”
Lettie Teague visits the bar on Metro-North Railroad’s New Haven line, and discovers that the wine isn’t very good.
In Sommelier Journal, an interesting piece from Tim Gaiser, MS on the importance of mental imagery when tasting wine. (A reminder: Terroirist readers can get $10 off a 1-year subscription to the magazine by using the code TE1 at checkout.)
Attention DC wine lovers! Derek Swanson reports that Domaine Wine Storage is slated to open a facility in DC in the next few months.