“Shops and restaurants that heretofore spurned domestic wines… are now expanding their offerings to include California selections — particularly the bottles of winemakers who are starting to dial back on the power and brawn, picking grapes at lower sugar levels and concentrating on matching the grape varietal with the soil type.” So proclaims Alice Feiring in the latest issue of Newsweek.
“Acidity is plant excrement.” In his latest Decanter.com column, Andrew Jefford chats with French soil consultants Claude and Lydia Bourguignon.
In Palate Press, Talia Baiocchi suggests that the red wines of northeastern Italy “are often the best translators of this glorious intersection of the Alps and the Adriatic Sea.”
Jon Bonné drinks White Zinfandel! On his blog, Bonné brings attention to a surprising new offering from Turley that “drinks closer to a rosé from the Loire Valley or Provence” than the “sweet tones of Sutter Home.”
Over at Decant This!, Bill Ward brings attention to a new project from Ryan Hodgins, the chief winemaker at Breggo Cellars. Ryan and his wife Molly recently launched their own label, M. Autumn. (As regular readers know, we featured Ryan in a winemaker interview back in December.)
In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson contends “it would be crazy to invest in smart 2011 vintage Bordeaux when those from 2009 are keenly priced and already delicious.”
In Portugal, “wine tourism is increasingly looking like the boon… vintners need.”
The Wall Street Journal reports on California’s wine grape shortage.
In the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Cathy Bussewitz explains why “the unraveling of Ascentia Wine Estates… is a cautionary tale of the dangers of leveraged buyouts, a reminder of the critical role that distributors play in the wine business, and an example of how hard wineries can fall when the economy slows.”