“In a Canton basement lit by fluorescent lights, a dozen glass jugs of fermenting grape juice share space with a washer, dryer and furnace.” And in that basement, Erik Bandzak, 30, has launched Baltimore’s first winery.
Tennessee is open for business! On Friday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law opening the entire state to direct wine shipments.
Last week at the Christie’s fine-wine auction in Geneva, a U.S. collector purchased a bottle of “1945 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Romanée-Conti for an eye-popping $123,899, besting the high estimate by more than 50 percent and shattering the world record for the highest price ever reached for a 750ml bottle of Burgundy at auction. Take that Hong Kong.”
In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson ponders the importance of matching food and wine. Her conclusion? “In the exceptional case of paying three-star prices in a restaurant with a very limited, static menu, then you’re justified in expecting the wine waiter to know each dish intimately and to be able to suggest several perfect matches at different prices. But… in general, the effects of a less-than-perfect food and wine match are overstated.”
Jay McInerney writes a really nice piece on Volnay — focusing on the 2009 vintage and the “unlikely” friendship of Guillaume d’Angerville and Frédéric Lafarge.