Daily Wine News: Washington Privatizes!

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 11-09-2011

Some huge news for wine consumers in Washington: The state’s Prohibition-era monopoly on liquor sales is over! Last night, the effort to privatize liquor sales in Washington sailed to victory with nearly 60 percent of the vote.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov gathers the “Thanksgiving wine panel” to “test specific bottles with representative dishes, and, even more important… reassess the coherence of our assumptions about which wines to serve with the bird.”

Slate recently ran a piece urging Americans to drink cheap wine. Not just cheap, but really, really cheap wine. Former Slate wine columnist Mike Steinberger has responded – explaining why the piece is bunk. He’s also highlighted an excellent takedown of the article from Young Winos of LA.

Last month, Platter’s South African Wine Guide announced its “5 Star” wines of 2012. Today, the indispensible guide released the latest edition of its annual book – and revealed Chamonix Pinot Noir Reserve 2010 as the Red Wine of the Year and Badsberg Badslese 2009 as the White Wine of the Year. (H/T: Jonathan Snashall.)

“Fake bottles of Lafite-Rothschild grab headlines, but… amuch bigger worry for Bordeaux is wine labeled with fictitious châteaus using Bordeaux AOCs.” Wine Spectator reports on Bordeaux’s effort to convince Chinese officials to regulate wine labeling.

Disgorgement dates are important. On Dr. Vino, Tyler Colman explains why he’s “in favor of Champagne producers putting some sort of legible, comprehensible form of disgorgement dates on the (back) label.” I am, too.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, some of the city’s top bartenders create drinks that pay homage to the city’s neighborhoods. Recipes included! (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

Tom Wark, right as always: “Here’s the honest truth about wine reviewers like Robert Parker, Jim Laube, Steve Heimoff, Jancis Robinson, Stephen Tanzer, Allan Meadows and all others who have amassed a loyal audience: No matter how great they say a wine is, the moment their readers disagree en mass with them they will no longer matter because they will no longer have an audience.”

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