Daily Wine News: State of the Grapes

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By highlighting Clos Saron — a Pinot Noir producer in California’s Sierra Foothills – Matt Kramer explains why “small, local wineries are slowly but certainly reshaping what American wine lovers expect in and from their wine experience.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Steve Heimoff pens his 2012 “State of the Grapes.”

On Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill legalizing the direct shipment of wine from producers to consumers in the Garden State.

In Wine Review Online, W. Blake Gray profiles Georges DuBoeuf, who heads up one of the of the largest wine merchants in France. On his blog, he details his thoughts on Beaujolais.

Elsewhere, in Palate Press, W. Blake Gray argues that “Brazil is the next great frontier for the wine world.”

Reuters reports on the “dampening prospects for the eastern American ice wine industry” due to the “unusually warm winter.”

Forgotten Man Films releases the trailer for Somm, “the story of four Sommeliers attempting to pass the Prestigious Master Sommelier Exam.” It looks awesome. Mike Steinberger is “eager” to see the film, and wonders if “the next set of big-time wine communicators [will] come from the ranks of America’s sommeliers?”

Meanwhile, Steve Heimoff wonders if sommeliers are an “endangered” species?

Over at Brooklyn Guy Loves Wine, a lively discussion on opening and pouring old wines. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

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