For several years now, I’ve told everyone who will listen that Mike Steinberger is the world’s best wine writer. As regular readers may recall, I was thrilled when he launched his blog, Wine Diarist, back in February. Yesterday, Steinberger confirmed (on twitter) that his wine column was cut in Slate’s latest round of layoffs. His column will be sorely missed, but I’m excited for whatever’s next. As Dr. Vino wrote, Steinberger “writes with tremendous verve, brio, wit, knowledge, and a nose for a good story as well as a great wine.”
Wine writer Karen MacNeil has become editor in chief of The Daily Sip, the e-newsletter of Bottlenotes.com. In the Daily Beast, MacNeil sits down with Sophie Menin to talk about her new role, why women drink different wine than men, and what she’s drinking and loving now.
The upcoming ceremony for the 2012 Vintner’s Hall of Fame inductees is already generating controversy. To calm some controversy – and answer some questions – W. Blake Gray, chairman of the Vintners Hall of Fame Electoral College, names this year’s nominees.
Joe Roberts wonders if Pinot Noir has found a new spiritual home in the West Sonoma Coast.
In Napa Valley, “the kids are back in school, September just around the corner, but the harvest has yet to begin.”
On Eater, Talia Baiocchi wonders if farm-to-table restaurants are hypocrites for not serving local wine.