Daily Wine News: A Marked Cooling

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-21-2011

Wine writer Robert Lawrence Balzer.

Strong overall sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s “mask a marked cooling in prices on the wider market for top-end wines. This appears to reflect lower enthusiasm around the Bordeaux 2010 en primeur campaign and, more recently, jittery financial markets.”

In The Daily Meal, Colman Andrews pens a wonderful memorial to Robert Lawrence Balzer, “The First Great California Wine Writer.” (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

Mike Veseth, the Wine Economist, wonders if “Carmenere [can] be for Chile what Malbec has become for Argentina — a game-changing wine that opens up new markets and upgrades perceptions in old ones?”

According to Tom Wark, Jamie Goode and Sam Harrop can’t possibly justify the central premise of their book, Authentic Wine.

In Reuters, Chris Taylor reports on signs that the wine world is entering the “Age of the Buyer.”

Joe Roberts (aka, 1WineDude) releases his list of the “Top 10 Most Interesting Wines Of 2011.” I’m honored to have been there — and tasted! — when Joe sampled his #2 pick: the 1999 Royal Tokaji Mezes Maly 6 Puttonyos.

Meanwhile, Steve Heimoff details his ten highest-scoring wines of 2011.

According to Ben Parsons, owner of Denver-based urban winery The Infinite Monkey Theorem, “young Americans are developing a thirst for wine in cans.” I haven’t witnessed this “thirst,” but I’d certainly support it!

Interested in some “RedNek Wine Glasses?” Carson Home Accents has the goods. (H/T: Dr. Vino.)

The Vinturi Wine Aerator certainly changes wine. But not always for the better.

Comments (3)

  1. That juice was EPIC. Happy Holidays!

  2. Agreed. A really long finish, too — 10 months have passed, and I can still taste it!

  3. HA! Forgot to mention that in my tasting note… ;-)