Ever wonder why James Bond was sipping Chateau Angelus in Casino Royale? Product placement. As Dr. Vino discovered, the placement was paid for “in cash and wine.”
In the New York Times, Eric Asimov urges readers to “consider rosé as a wine, rather than as a prop” and drink it during the winter. Nate Freeman at the New York Observer disagrees, accusing Asimov of throwing “caution, etiquette, logic and sanity to the wind.”
Jon Bonné writes a follow-up to Sunday’s column about Zinfandel. He recognizes the grapes “potential as a serious, nuanced, terroir-expressing grape,” but does a good job explaining why so many Zins are just “grubby,” and why “critics don’t even know what we’re supposed to be looking for.” I love a good Zin (like those made by Turley, Carlisle, Talty, Porter Creek, to name just a couple), but too many taste like syrupy, unbalanced ports.
Speaking of TV, PBS has announced the creation of “Vine Talk,” a roundtable discussion and wine tasting hosted by actor and writer Stanley Tucci. The show is premiering in April. Wine Spectator has more.
The secret to selling more wine? Targetting millennials.
In Wine Enthusiast, Michael Schachner visits Mendoza. I only ate there once, but I second Michael’s recommendation of 1884 Restaurante Francis Mallmann.