Daily Wine News: A Growing Divide

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 08-05-2011

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In a post that highlights the growing divide between fans of Robert Parker and members of the anti-flavor wine elite, Dr. Vino lambastes the most recent newsletter from Marcasin. Can’t we all just get along?

Lettie Teague declares that birthday wines “should always be exciting and preferably new, not in terms of the vintage but in terms of an experience.” I always thought that birthday wines should be from one’s birth year, so long as it’s affordable (and worth drinking).

On Palate Press, W. R. Tish and W. Blake Gray square off on the 100-point scale. (Apparently, they agree on replacing their first names with an initial!)

Some great news for beer lovers in California. Last month, the California state Senate approved legislation that will make it easier and cheaper for craft beer breweries to open tasting rooms.

Like Evan Dawson and Lenn Thompson at New York Cork Report, I’m generally “leery of new trends in social media and wine” but “deeply admire the work done by our friends at VinTank and Cruvee.” So I think that VinPass, a new social game, could succeed. Earlier this week, Dawson took a look at the app. (In June, Terroirist Rebecca Canan reviewed it.)

The Massachusetts Food Association filed two ballot questions with the Attorney General’s office on Wednesday — one which would allow food stores to sell wine and a second to allow grocery stores and supermarkets to sell beer and wine, under local control. The group hopes that at least one question will be certified for the 2012 ballot. If you live in the Bay State, get involved!

In Wine Review Online, W. Blake Gray profiles Jeremy Baker, owner of Thomas George Estates.

Fans of Eleven Madison Park should check out the New York Times’ in-depth profile of restaurant titan Danny Meyer.

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