On Saturday, I spoke at the 37th Nederburg Auction. The event was remarkably successful this year – it brought in about $800,000 (6.1 million Rands), which is up 8 percent from last year’s total, even though19 percent fewer wines were on offer.
In Esquire, an excellent essay from Cal Fussman that’s “ten years overdue.” In an effort to become the Perfect Man, Fussman attended the Windows on the World Wine in the months before September 11.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné details the journey of Copain’s Wells Guthrie from making riper blockbuster wines to a subtler, less ripe style. On Bonné’s blog, he offers some tasting notes.
Jancis Robinson has high hopes for Rutger de Vink and his Virginia winery. “There are many attractive wines made in Virginia, but what marks de Vink’s wines out is their density, without heaviness or marked alcohol. I suspect they will have a long and glorious life and, doubtless, raise the bar for other vignerons in the native state of America’s most famous wine-loving president.”
Last Wednesday, chef Daniel Boulud hosted a “so-called Sommelier All-Stars dinner in honor of the soms from his many restaurants.” As one might expect, Jay McInerney was there.
Jon Bonné dives into Antonio Galloni’s first California wine reviews in The Wine Advocate.