Daily Wine News: Balancing Act

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-21-2012

Shanken News Daily reports that the CARE Act is now “officially off the table.” Let the celebrations begin!

“If you believe wine populists… there’s no such thing as a wine truth. It’s all so personal, they say. Everything is subjective and no two wine drinkers are alike. This, in a word, is nonsense.” In Matt Kramer’s latest column, he offers “three truths about wine.” What do you think?

I’m not sure what “The Balancing Act with Rajat Parr” is going to be, but nonetheless, I’m stoked.

The wine world has been chatting quite a bit about Bordeaux since Robert Parker released his 2009 scores — and many have been wondering if the rising prices will cause a large-scale consumer backlash. Joe Roberts was looking for some intelligent commentary on this topic, so reached out (intelligently) to Eric Asimov.

“You can give me a basket of the best organic vegetables available from Sonoma County, and Cyrus chef Doug Keane a basket of plastic-wrapped veggies from Costco. Whose meal do you think ends up being tastier?” W. Blake Gray explains why terroir is only as important as the producer.

“Fifty years ago, if you tasted a wine from Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, or New York, chances are you’d be lucky if it was even drinkable. A lot has changed since then.” So proclaims Dan Berger in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

In his latest column for Jancis Robinson’s The Purple Pages, Alder Yarrow writes about the American Pinot Noir producers pursuing balance. (Subscription required.)

Over at Connections to Wine, Panos Kakaviatos posts an interesting write-up on a recent tasting of 12 Cru Bourgeois wines from 2009, all of which cost less than $20 per bottle.

Some advice for sommeliers: “‘An excellent choice, sir,’ is a great thing to say — even when it isn’t true.” Or so contends W. Blake Gray.

In C-Ville, Megan Headley writes a great piece on the lessons she learned at this year’s Wine Writers’ Symposium.

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