“This year, there won’t be any controversy when Robert Parker isn’t inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame. That’s because Parker, the critic who invented the 100-point scoring system and is the most important person in the wine business, wasn’t nominated for the 2012 hall.” Jeff Siegel explains why “keeping Parker out of the Vintners Hall is like keeping Babe Ruth out of the baseball Hall of Fame because you don’t like home runs.”
“On the face of it, the argument should be this: California makes riper pinot noir than Burgundy does. Some people prefer California, some prefer Burgundy. But noooooooo – there has to be good and evil involved.” Dave McIntyre looks at the kerfuffle that has erupted over the most recent newsletter from Marcasin, led by Dr. Vino and Slate’s Michael Steinberger.
“Decanting is about doing two things. It’s about mixing oxygen in with the wine and about taking dissolved gasses out of the wine. So, if a little bit of decanting works, why not a lot?” In Bloomberg, Richard Vines profiles Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft executive who now takes molecular gastronomy to new extremes – and “hyper-decants” his wine in a blender.