Lots of news to report today. But first, a big welcome to all our new readers! Yesterday afternoon, social media guru, Wine Library co-owner, and Thank You Economy author Gary Vaynerchuk tweeted a link to Terroirist. Thanks, Gary!
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné argues that “bulked-up, oaked-up versions [of Pinot Noir] seem to be tapering away — replaced by an interest in talking about ‘balance.’” I think (and hope) he’s right.
Dr. Vino reports that America is now the “biggest wine consuming country in the world!” Go USA!
Bruce Schoenfeld, Travel + Leisure’s wine and spirits editor, writes a wonderful article on the “charming villages and passionate winemakers of the Rhône Valley.”
In the Wall Street Journal, Jay McInerney pays homage to Viognier, “a wine of instant gratification.”
Tennessee lawmakers would be laughed out of office if they prohibited Barnes & Noble from entering the state as a way to protect mom-and-pop bookstores. Yet the prohibition against grocery stores selling wine and beer somehow finds supporters.
In other Nanny State news, Massachusetts decides that discounted restaurant coupons from GroupOn, LivingSocial, and the like are in violation of the state’s “happy hour” regulation if booze is included in the deal.