Australia’s wine industry is suffering. As Caroline Henshaw reports in the Wall Street Journal, “Australia’s wine industry is turning sour as the strong local currency and a glut of grapes have driven export profits to a decade-low.”
For Dave McIntyre, “wine is exciting because of its diversity.” As he explains in the Washington Post, he “[feels] the anticipation of exploration with every pop of a cork or twist of a screw cap,” and that’s why he’s so excited about Italy, which has “the greatest varietal variety of any country.”
Is it possible to explore terroir in Sherry? The BrooklynGuy gives it a try by analyzing Macharnudo Alto.
In Garden & Gun, a great profile of Julian P. Van Winkle III, the third-generation whiskey man at Pappy Van Winkle.
“Wine is one of dining’s, and life’s, great pleasures. Yet it can seem anything but when an esoteric or pretentious list leaves you stumped over what to order.” So shouts New York Post food critic Steve Cuozzo in a rant about wine lists that leave him “stumped.” Tyler Colman solicits advice on how to help Cuozzo avoid confusion.
In New York Cork Report, Evan Dawson writes about Bloomer Creek Vineyard, “The Cult Winery of the Finger Lakes [that] Continues to Take Chances.”
“Winning a Bronze Medal for your high-end Zinfandel is like getting 98 points from Wine and Spirits — no one cares.” The HoseMaster writes about wine competitions.
In the drinks business, Patrick Schmitt writes about the “increasingly forceful and organized voice in opposition to booze.”