“The Hall now has in it seven additional men who were true pioneers, who bucked the odds, who literally tilled the soil, and who crafted a culture for wine that thrives in the spirit of those for whom wine is a calling, not a ticket to wealth.” In the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, Dan Berger writes about the newest members of the Vintners’ Hall of Fame.
“It’s not entirely clear to me which is more remarkable: the fact that before this book was published there was no definitive guide to one of France’s most unique and historical wine regions, or the fact that this gorgeously exhaustive guide was entirely self-published by a wine lover who decided to do something about that lack.” On his blog, Alder Yarrow writes a wonderful review of Harry Karis’ 2009 opus, The Châteauneuf-du-Pape Wine Book.”
On the Wall Street Journal’s wine blog, Jay McInerney writes about the second and third wines put out by the major Super Tuscan houses. In a nutshell, he thinks they’re great.
Big news at Diageo, the world’s largest spirits company. According to Reuters, the company has “promoted Ivan Menezes to a new role of chief operating officer on Wednesday, in a move that could see him eventually take over from 56-year old chief executive Paul Walsh. Menezes, 52, has been president of Diageo’s biggest region North America since 2004, and will take up his new role on March 1. He will lead Diageo’s operating business globally, making him the leading internal front-runner for the top job.”