“If it seems like overreaching to pair elegant Champagne with humble pizza, perhaps that’s because we underestimate pizza.” In the New York Times, a brilliant piece from Eric Asimov on a perfect food-and-wine pairing.
Elsewhere, Asimov offers a “happy solution” for those who would “like the opportunity to drink aged wines without paying a fortune or waiting them out.” (Rioja Reservas, of course.)
“2011 is especially difficult to sum up. It is a vintage for careful note-taking, with some very good wines and quite a few disappointments… If you’d rather drink great wine than invest in it, then the 2011 whites, both dry and sweet, are the clear choice.” In the International Herald Tribune, Eric Pfanner writes a great En Primeur report.
Meanwhile, over in Bloomberg, Elin McCoy offers her dispatch — explaining why “This year, it’s all about price.”
In case you missed it, “Chateau Lafite Rothschild has released its 2011 at €420 per bottle (about $552) to the wine trade, a reduction of 30% on last year’s price.”
Talia Baiocchi previews the 2012 Rosé season with some of New York’s top sommeliers.
In Newsweek, Alice Feiring explains “why we should love natural wines.”
“As long as someone enjoys what they’re drinking, the romance will still be there.” New York Magazine looks at the debate over whether wine labels should list ingredients.
In the New York Times, Howard Goldberg contends that “Chardonnay made in stainless-steel tanks is emerging as a strength at Long Island wineries.”