Daily Wine News: Winter Rosé

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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 TurleyCarlisleTaltyPorter Creek, to name just a couple), but too many taste like syrupy, unbalanced ports.

Three Thieves premiered last night on the Cooking Channel. I didn’t watch, but I’m looking forward to it. Yesterday, BottleNotes interviewed one of the show’s stars, Charles Bieler.

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.

Wine prices appear to have leveled off. What does this mean for closeout retailers like WinesTilSoldOut and Cinderella Wine? Have buying habits forever changed?

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.

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