Daily Wine News: New Rules of Wine

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 10-10-2011

Randall Grahm

“You chill your whites but not your reds, pair your fancy bottles with fancy food, and skip right past the pink champagne. Guess what: You’re doing wine all wrong.” In GQ, the 25 “new rules” of wine. My only gripe with the piece? The claim that Peay Vineyards’ Sonoma Coast Chardonnay costs just $20. If that were the case, I’d order a pallet!

In Gourmet, a claim that “pot-infused wines are the open secrets that present themselves in unmarked bottles at the end of winemaker dinners and very VIP tours.” (H/T: Dr. Vino.) Really?!?

Jeff Siegel, aka the Wine Curmudgeon, catches up with Randall Grahm. Siegel’s two-part series makes for a great read.

On his blog, Bonné updates us on the 2011 harvest in California. His conclusion? There probably won’t be as much wine to go around, and there’s the “chance for the sort of wines that stylistically appeal even to those who have dismissed California wine for undue ripeness.”

In the Napa Valley Register, David Stoneberg rounds up some all-star winemakers for harvest reports from all 13 American Viticultural Areas in Napa Valley.

In the Wall Street Journal, Will Lyons explains why Amarone makes for a “sublime” match with dark chocolate.

Jon Bonné tastes nearly 40 different Pinot Noirs from the 2009 vintage in Anderson Valley, and concludes that the region’s wines are “back in form.”

A reminder: Terroirist is giving away two pairs of tickets to Wine Riot DC on October 22.

Comments (1)

  1. I have done a lot of wine and chocolate pairing over the years and the main thing I’ve learned is that there is no one wine that pairs well with all dark chocolates. A particular Amarone might have paired well with whatever chocolate was sampled that day, but I guarantee you I could find plenty of dark chocolates that it wouldn’t pair with. Methinks Lyons just got a little carried away.