“Consumers, of course, have no way of proving that a wine Hughes sells for $15 should have cost them $30. But the wines are indisputably of high quality, and they cover a variety of styles.” In his latest Washington Post column, Dave McIntyre highlights the work of American negociant Cameron Hughes. McIntyre also offers several recommendations.
In Decanter, Andrew Jefford stands up for bulk wine — and hopes “it plays an ever-greater role in the international wine-trade in future.” The reason? Carbon footprints. As he explains, “From an environmental perspective, glass is a catastrophically poor way to transport any liquid over a long distance.”
W. Blake Gray becomes Palate Press’ first columnist. His first piece is great, so I’m really excited about this announcement.
And in what could be huge news for organic grape growers, W. Blake Gray reports that “a petition to allow USDA Organic wine to include sulfites cleared the second — and perhaps most significant — of four procedural hurdles.”
Some sad news for Pennsylvania wine lovers — it looks like privatization won’t happen this year. As the Patriot-News reports, “If ever there was a time when selling the state’s liquor stores seemed like it was really going to happen, this appeared to be the year. Combine the installation of a Republican governor and Legislature, a desperate need for revenue and polls showing strong support for the idea: It seemed like the perfect recipe for privatization. But momentum has slowed this fall.”
According to Jon Bonné, Oregon’s 2009 wines show the “potential” of the Willamette Valley’s wines. Not because they’re “uniformly great,” but because they’re “distinctive,” and “show the virtues of experience – and transparency – in letting a vintage unfold in all its unpredictability.”
Daniel Opalacz, a former student of geology, has launched a wine-mapping project — called Vinosum – that “catalogs and displays information on about 500 premium California vineyards and 3,000+ single vineyard wines.” In addition to soil, geology, elevation, the site also tracks winemakers, average wine bottle price, and average Wine Advocate scores. It’s incredible – and according to Tom Wark, “one of the most amazing timesucks on the Internet.” Check it out!