Acclaimed wine importer Joe Dressner, “a tireless defender of honest, simply made bottles,” passed away this weekend. A number of wonderful tributes have now been written, including postings from Jon Bonné, Eric Asimov, Tyler Colman, Mike Steinberger, Alice Feiring, Lyle Fass, and Tom Wark.
In the International Herald Tribune, a wonderful piece on terroir and what it means.
In Wine Spectator’s report on California Pinot Noir, “a whopping 55% of the 350-plus wines from the 2009 vintage had scores of 90 points or higher, including 15 wines that scored a classic 95 or better. It’s the category’s best performance ever.”
Want some 3-Isobutyl-2-Methoxy-Pyrazine? I don’t – this “chemical gives Cabernet Sauvignon its herbaceous green pepper aroma.” In Wired, a look at what’s inside red wine.
Chang-rae Lee buys wine online, even though he doesn’t want to.