A couple weeks back, Dave McIntyre wrote a blog post lamenting that he still hears people complain about the quality-to-price “value” of local wine. In the post, he wrote, “it really is irrelevant that $20 will give you more options in California Merlot than equal quality Virginia wine.” First Vine’s Tom Natan doesn’t think it’s “irrelevant.”
Wine Spectator reports on the early and unexpected departure of Noël Pinguet, the long-serving director of Domaine Huët. In Decanter, Jim Budd reports that the departure was the result of philosophical differences with the owners. Fortunately, Mike Steinberger isn’t worried about the future of the estate.
The HoseMaster of Wine notices that wine bloggers are vanishing. He isn’t too upset.
Over just four years, the brand manager for Moët Hennessy, Romain Brunot, stole 400 bottles of Krug. He’s now in jail.
On the Bloomberg wire, John Mariani offers his thoughts on some Rhone wines worth seeking out.