Daily Wine News: Pioneering Spirit

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-03-2012

The view from Stone Cottage Cellars.

In Palate Press, Joe Roberts profiles three winemakers in Colorado’s Western Slope, “where a pioneering spirit has combined with high-elevation grape-growing potential to attract well-off, intrepid, would-be winegrowers to capitalize on what might be one of the last U.S. fine wine frontiers.”

In Alsace, according to Jancis Robinson, vintners are “starting to be seriously worried about the competition posed by Germany’s new generation of dry wines.”

Elsewhere, Jancis Robinson has selected Gallo’s 2011 California Moscato as a wine of the week. Seriously.

In Argentina, reports Bill Faries in Bloomberg, “the combination of high-quality wines and affordability is the hook that keeps drawing investors to the country and the concept of private vineyards.”

Jon Bonné offers a few words about tipping on wine.

“No other white wine grape exists that, simultaneously grown in separate parts of the world, can make a ravishingly electric wine like the Loire’s Savennieres, as well as the blandest, most lifeless Central Valley jug wine, in flavor only one wee step beyond water.” In the Chicago Tribune, Bill St. John writes about one of my favorite wine grapes, Chenin Blanc.

In Drawl Magazine, Katie Hunter sips her way through the Olympics.

Fred Swan offers some fun wine reviews – ranging from a 1955 Domaine Faiveley to a 2011 Massican.

In his latest column, Andrew Jefford offers some quick impressions on a recent blind tasting of “almost ninety of Languedoc’s finest red wines.”

Decanter.com reports that “Evening Land Vineyards has purchased Château de Bligny in Bligny-lès-Beaune.”

Which wine works best with a burrito? Bert Celce investigates. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

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