Daily Wine News: Heart & Hands

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 06-30-2011

Hermann Wiemer.

In the latest episode of Daily Grape, Gary Vaynerchuk also films a new episode of Wine Library TV! Gary Vee sits down with Evan Dawson to discuss Finger Lakes wine and his book, Summer in a Glass. As regular readers know, we recently reviewed Dawson’s book and recently interviewed Finger Lakes winemaker Tom Higgins of Heart & Hands.

On his blog, Eric Guido writes about Massican Winery. Headed up by Larkmead’s Dan Petroski, Massican is “turning out some really exciting white wines from Napa, but with a northeastern Italian flair.” I agree with Guido – “they are stunning.”

Tomorrow, oenophiles in Virginia and Maryland “can come out of the shadows.” In Virginia, it will finally be legal for restaurants to let consumers bring their own wine. In Maryland, the prohibition on direct shipping will finally end.

Direct-to-consumer wine sales are way up! Tom Wark has the detailsMore thoughts from Steve Heimoff.

In the Wall Street Journal Asia, Kristiano Ang catches up with Julia Sherstyuk, the Singapore-based restaurateur who recently paid a world record $42,758 for a 170-year-old bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne.

According to data from Neilsen, “sales of Moscato, Riesling and Malbec have shown ‘explosive’ growth” in the United States in the last two years. Analysts credit the growing purchasing power of both Millennials and the Hispanic population for the sales growth.

On February 24, 2011, I had the good fortune to taste the 1971 J.J. PrümWehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese, courtesy of Doug Cook, creator of the indispensible Able Grape. At the time, Alder Yarrow wrote about the wine, calling it “outstanding.” Tyler Colman (aka Dr. Vino) recently tasted the same exact wine. His impressions are similar.

Comments (1)

  1. $42,758 for a 170-year-old bottle of Veuve Cliquot Champagne.

    Glad to see the wine business is in full swing!