According to W. Blake Gray, it’s unfortunate that so many consumers “see wine as a romantic product.” As he explains in Palate Press, “In almost every instance, the idea of “romance” leads wine to be less than it should be.”
Wine Spectator, meanwhile, publishes a short history of wine’s connection to sex and romance.
Steve Heimoff remembers Steve Pitcher.
The New York Cork Report announces its 2011 Wines of the Year. While the NYCR team really enjoyed the sparkler from Lenz Winery on Long Island, Howard Goldberg thinks the reds are worth serious attention.
Fans of Texas Wine (and the Drink Local Wine movement) should already have Russ Kane on their radar. Tomorrow, his book on Texas wine – The Wine Slinger Chronicles — is officially released. Personalized copies are available on Russ’s website.
At a recent tasting of Bordeaux’s 2008 vintage, Jancis Robinson was “left with the impression that with the reds, the disparity between the top wines and the rest is particularly marked.”
“Sicily’s white grapes are finally getting the recognition they deserve. It only took two centuries.” So concludes Talia Baiocchi in the San Francisco Chronicle.