W. Blake Gray gets together with Stuart and Charlie Smith, owners of Smith-Madrone Winery, and has a blast. In case you’re wondering, the two brothers decided on the “Madrone” addition when they launched the winery 35 years ago because they were “totally crazy for hyphenated French names like Lafite-Rothschild and Romanee-Conti.” Hilarious.
On Snooth’s blog, Gregory Dal Piaz investigates which wines pair best with burritos from Chipotle.
At Vinexpo’s “Napa Valley Climate Seminar,” Christopher Howell of Cain blames different viticulture techniques and later picking times – not climate change – for rising alcohol levels in California’s wines.
Acker Merrall & Condit is headed to Chicago. Earlier this week, the New York-based wine auction house acquired Chicago’s Edward Roberts International for an undisclosed sum. Wines for the first Chicago auction, to be held on October 22, will be stored at Domaine Wine Storage.
This summer, Arianna Armstrong thinks you should get acquainted with Gavi. I agree.