Despite claims to the contrary, “SAQ, the state-owned wine entity that has a monopoly on wine retail in Quebec, paid wine critic James Suckling $24,000 last year.” So reports Dr. Vino. My take? This wouldn’t be a scandal – or even unethical – if the parties hadn’t lied about it.
After chatting with Bill Harlan, Steve Heimoff concludes that “optimism [has returned] to Napa Valley, after a long, dark recession.”
“You’ve heard of eating local, but what about drinking local?” On The Kojo Nnamdi show, Dave McIntyre of the Washington Post, Todd Kliman of The Washingtonian, and Virginia Tech enology professor Tony Wolf discuss the local wine movement.
“In the United States, the “American Viticultural Area” (AVA) designation is based more on, well, politics and marketing. AVAs often seem to have no rhyme or reason except for their marketing value, which is questionable.” In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre explains why AVAs have “no rhyme or reason” by profiling the Sonoma Coast. Elsewhere, he offers some Sonoma Coast wine recommendations.
In Wine Spectator, Tim Fish details the “time-honored etiquette to BYOB that newcomers should learn, but even veterans need the occasional refresher course on.”
Eric Asimov offers some wisdom: “It’s… wholly unnecessary to get overly caught up in the intricacies of wine and food pairing.”