Christopher Hitchens didn’t drink quite as much as you think.
The Drinks Business reports that the Institute of Masters of Wine has opened an investigation into the conduct of Pancho Campo MW. Decanter.com offers more details. Mike Steinberger chimes in with his thoughts, and offers some great commentary: “The fact that Parker’s investigation is being conducted by the law firm of his personal attorney suggests that Parker probably doesn’t need to sweat the outcome.”
“The tasting on Manhattan’s Upper East Side came and went and I didn’t wear a woolen cap, flannel shirt, or use empty 40-ounce cans of PBR as decanters.” But at a tasting of “hipster wines,” Dr. Vino tasted some “some fine and fun wines, if quirky and hard to find.”
In Wine Spectator, an analysis of the various winery and vineyard sales that took place in California over the past year.
In Wine Enthusiast, Steve Heimoff reports on the approval of Fort Ross-Seaview AVA.
In a video on the Wall Street Journal’s wine blog, Will Lyons and Lettie Teague offer their advice about “what wine to bring to a dinner party or other holiday celebration.” Meanwhile, in print, Lettie Teague takes a look at all the various wine accessories one might purchase this holiday season.
In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné offers a “perfect starter kit” for those looking to explore sweet wines.
Howard Goldberg reports: “Despite the major problems that recurring rains caused for Long Island vintners during this year’s growing season, two leading producers are quickly releasing successful 2011 whites.”