W. Blake Gray anoints an “unobtainable” Virginia wine – the 2009 Otium Cellars Dornfelder – his “wine of the year.” The reason? In 2012, he’d like you to “think about all the great local wines that you can buy and I can’t.”
Jeff Siegel offers his predictions on the wine trends we’ll see in 2012.
In Palate Press, Evan Dawson brings attention to “a small commune called Ovada, [where] a group of winemakers is trying to convince the world that there is something magical in the DNA of [Dolcetto].”
Wine Spectator pays tribute to the well-known “winemakers, grapegrowers, enologists, distributors and all-around industry promoters” who died in 2011.
Tom Wark takes proponents of the natural wine movement to task. The reason? “In order to gain attention for the wines, gain legitimacy for the wines and in order to define the wines, proponents… have taken to denigrating wines and winemakers that, in their view, fall too far outside the ‘Natural Wine’ orbit.”
The San Francisco Chronicle’s tasting panel makes it through some Alsatian whites – and remains puzzled.