Daily Wine News: Rent-Seeking

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-08-2012

In New York, the two biggest liquor distributors — Southern Wine & Spirits and Empire Merchants — are trying to drive all the small wholesalers out of business. Not through better selection or pricing, but by lobbying politicians. Dr. Vino has more.

In a great Wine Spectator column, Matt Kramer addresses some common dilemmas of wine etiquette.

In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons navigates the “offbeat grape varieties” of Spain’s contemporary wine scene.

Even though certain critics have blasted Joe Roberts for overemphasizing the importance of social media, he isn’t stopping. In fact, he thinks the wine industry should be making “more of a fuss” about the importance of social media and engagement.

In the Wall Street Journal, a fascinating article on the “soured relationships” among the wineries of Treasure Island, the “365-acre piece of man-made land, built atop dredged mud and below the Bay Bridge.”

Although Alder Yarrow thinks it’s “obviously ridiculous to pass judgment on an entire vintage in any way, shape, or form,” he is able to offer some “generalizations” about 2007, 2008, and 2009 in Napa Valley based on a recent blind tasting.

In New York, “Governor Andrew Cuomo has drafted two bills he says will provide a boon to the state’s beer and wine industries.”

In Rioja, two producers “have revived the region’s tradition of producing late-harvest wines.”

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