Wine had once carried the unfortunate stigma of only being for the rich or snobby --or both. But recently, a fun twist has been put on the beverage-- adding colorful attractive labels and blending grape varietals--making them more friendly to the masses.
The beginning of July saw updates to the Liv-ex Indices as they welcomed the addition of the 2009s. On the Liv-ex Fine Wine 100, low liquidity pushed out several 1990s (Cos D’Estournel, Krug, Leoville Las Cases, Montrose, Pichon Baron) and...
I was over at a friend’s house for a birthday barbecue and, as per usual, I brought the wine. All the bottles were already open, and one person asked me: “Why?” I replied that I always open my bottles in the morning, even when I am drinking at home.
If you follow along here at Wine Time, you know that we frequently cover Natural wine and the vitriol-fueled debate on Natural wine that often eclipses the wines themselves (and we have written about Natural wine in Texas here).
We sacrifice a lot of flavor in our quest for cheap, easily shipped food. But the industry is headed in the right direction. It's only a matter of time before tomatoes will have their Paris Wine Tasting moment.
Speaking at the Fine and Rare Specialist course at Vienna’s Palais Coburg on 29 June, he said that annual US fine wine sales through retailers amounted to US$3.2 billion, before commenting, “The US is a larger fine wine market than people think”.
A joint venture between Jaboulet and the Perrin family from the Southern Rhône, Nicolas Perrin launched at the end of 2009 with just four wines – a St Joseph, Hermitage white and red, and a Côte Rôtie. Having since built on this offering, Jaboulet confirmed: “Now we have a complete range of Northern Rhône wines, from Condrieu to Cornas.”
There are at least eight Bordeaux wines that can rival Château Lafite Rothschild's immediate charm, but the Pauillac estate has in recent years eclipsed them all. Columnist Will Lyons on the Lafite phenomenon.
Remember the Soave Bolla commercials from the 1970s and ’80s? They seemed like outtakes from bad Italian movies. But worse, while Bolla reached millions of people and became the most imported wine in the U.S., the name Soave was tarnished — not least because the wine was barely palatable.
To learn the mysteries of wine, we need to know geology. This simple observation can sustain doctoral dissertations, but was driven home to me recently in a 10-minute conversation with Roy Cloud, managing partner of the Washington importer Vintage 59.