“I believe 80% of pre-1980 Burgundy sold at auction is fake.” Decanter reports on Laurent Ponsot’s assistance in Rudy Kurniawan’s arrest.
Meanwhile, over at the HoseMaster of Wine, the transcript of a conversation Rudy Kurniawan recently had in prison! In the days leading up to Wednesday night’s state dinner, the White House kept its wine selections a secret. CellarTracker founder Eric LeVine spilled the grapes, though, and Jon Bonné thinks the White House missed an opportunity “to shake things up a bit and give some airplay to little guys who are trying to compete with the very established names” that comprised Wednesday’s selections.
Over at Wine Words, Peter and Allie visit one of my favorite new labels, Two Shepherds Wine.
Joe Roberts profiles Philippe Melka, one of the hottest winemakers in Napa Valley.
Tom Wark takes a look at how much money the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America spent on campaign contributions and lobbying last year.
In China, the super wealthy are rapidly purchasing “European vineyards as they look to capitalize on a growing domestic thirst for foreign wine.”
Bordeaux Chateau Brane Cantenac has brought back Carmenere!
Will Lyons explores some unusual wines – “not from the outer fringes of the wine world, but from its heart, the countries where it all began.”