Wine writer Tom Maresca writes a scathing blog post about James Suckling – questioning his ethics and criticizing Decanter’s decision to feature Suckling so prominently in its latest issue. The piece is worth reading. (H/T: Dr. Vino and Mike Steinberger.)
In Wine Enthusiast, a great piece from Steve Heimoff on Calistoga’s renaissance.
“You’re not qualified to compete. You’re not a professional. You’re a…a…a…writer!” GQ’s Alan Richman competes in the 2011 Best Sommelier in America contest – and lives to tell about it.
“For the most part, Oregon’s wineries are outside of city limits. They’re close to the grapes, not the people. That’s beginning to change.” In the Oregonian, a great article on some local winemakers who are making their wines in the heart of Portland.
Wine Spectator summarizes some of the major legislative wine fights happening in the states.
In Wine Review Online, Ed McCarthy looks at the trend toward dryer Champagnes.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné reviews some 2008 Burgundies.