Daily Wine News: The Greatest Time

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According to Paul Mabray, Steve Heimoff has no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to social media. It’s an excellent post and has generated some great comments.

Eric Asimov is certain that “we live in the greatest time ever to be wine lovers, with access to more high-quality wine in more different styles from a greater diversity of places than ever before.” I agree. A big reason? The “soaring cost” of Bordeaux and Burgundy.

Jon Bonné and W. Blake Gray comment on the news that Chinese NBA star Yao Ming is launching his own Napa Valley winery, and will retail it for $289 per bottle in China.

Wine Spectator reports on the shift from Bordeaux to Burgundy at Asian wine auctions. “‘While Bordeaux prices have moderated in recent months, Burgundy has taken off,’” explains Hart Davis Hart CEO Paul Hart.”

Andrew Jefford recently attended Alain Brumont’s “Rendez-Vous des Icônes,” where the winemaker “pits three of his own best wines against seven of the world’s best. Twice.” As a moderator of the event, Jefford tasted sighted — while everyone else was blind. As one might guess, the event provided for some interesting observations.

Over at Wine Diarist, Mike Steinberger has introduced a new series: The Wine Ethicist. Steinberger promises to post every Monday, or “until we run out of subjects or it is clear that this was a bad idea that interests no one.”

“[Australia's] biggest and best-known family-owned wine companies have posted flat revenue and shrinking earnings for the past financial year, as the sector faces a maelstrom of external shocks, led by the high dollar, which has cut exports, and a grape glut and competition from new world producers.” In the Sydney Morning Herald, a detailed look at Australia’s wine exports.

This week in Milan, winemakers appeared most interested in the egg-shaped wooden fermentors produced by Bordeaux-based artisan Joseph François

Elsewhere in Wines & Vines, a look at Joseph Gallo’s recent speech before the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association.

Napa Valley has been named the “official wine region” of the next year’s America’s Cup, which will take place in San Francisco Bay.

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