In the newest episode of Mad Men, viewers meet Michael Ginsberg, “a plaid-jacketed nudnik who lives in a hovel with his father.” Ginsberg’s real name is Ben Feldman, and he’s an owner of Angelica Cellars, a boutique Syrah producer in California.
Jancis Robinson is regularly asked which “Bordeaux vintages are ready to drink.” She tackles that question in her latest Financial Times column.
At Jon Bonné’s “last broad tasting of Napa Merlot,” most of the wine was a dud — so he once again assembled the panel to sample some wines. The results weren’t much better – and Bonné is starting to question “just how much Merlot belongs in the heart of Cabernet country.”
“The wines themselves are remarkable. The red… is like an otherworldly Bordeaux, rich, ripe, lightly spicy with its own peculiar funk that people tend to love or hate. The white is even more unusual.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov writes about the wines of Chateau Musar in Lebanon. Asimov writes more on his blog.
At a recent taste-off between Zinfandels from Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley, Dan Berger was unimpressed – as things were too hot. Fortunately, Dave McIntyre has found some Dry Creek Zins worth sampling.
Christian Seely, the managing director of AXA Millésimes — which owns Château Pichon-Longueville and a host of other properties – writes a thoughtful piece on rising alcohol levels in Bordeaux. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)
In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Bill Ward praises Oregon’s white wines — which are “every bit as stellar” as the reds. I agree!
Ever wonder about Poland’s best-selling imported wine? Me neither. Until I found out it’s Carlo Rossi.
“Americans are purchasing French wine in record amounts.”
In Wine Enthusiast, a helpful explanation of tannins.
On the Wall Street Journal’s wine blog, Will Lyons explains why price drops are expected at En Primeur.