IT could be that I’m a crank. Or a grump. Or maybe I’m anticipating that time in life when I’m not expected to be anything but cranky or grumpy. But I must call attention to an almost reflex practice among many American wine drinkers that troubles me in the extreme.
'CHEAP VERSIONS OF wines that should be expensive are almost always disappointing. Expensive versions of underrated ones are usually a revelation," wrote British author Patrick Matthews in his terrific 1997 wine book, "The Wild Bunch." "Real value in wine is more likely to come from an £8 bottle of Muscadet," Mr. Matthews further opined, "than an £8 bottle of Meursault from the Cote D'Or."
I headed toward Savigny-lès-Beaune in the mist, with the smoke from the burning of vine cuttings illuminated against the hills. It was my last day in the Côte d’Or.
The cellar was cold at Domaine Chandon de Briailles, where Claude de Nicolaÿ-Drouhin gave me a tour of the 2007s. We started in Savigny, moving to Pernand and finally the grands crus of Corton.
The bottling began in November at the domaine, two months earlier than usual. “I wanted to capture the freshness of the vintage and, because we use whole berries, the wines can get dry if you ...
The two largest liquor wholesalers in NY State are pushing a new "AT REST" bill in both the New York State Senate and Assembly. If they succeed small wholesalers will effectively be shut out of the New York market. The press has jumped on the issue with three articles criticzing the bill and the people behind it. Read them here:
Huffington Post, New York Declares War On Wine
New York Post, ...
YOU don’t have to scratch too far under the surface of most wine lovers to find fond, possibly romanticized memories of a special bottle that changed everything for them.
Before that bottle they may have liked wine well enough. But then, often by chance, they drank a particular glass that opened them up to the range of possibilities in a bottle, transforming them into wine fanatics who forever after would plot ways of repeating that illuminating experience.
Often, the epiphany came after drinking one of the greats: a Bordeaux, a Burgundy, a Barolo, an old Napa cabernet. The pantheon was not a ...
Square peg. Square peg. Square peg.
Couldn't get that out of my head during my recent tastings of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
After all, Napa Cab is the benchmark by which California wine is measured. And here I had arrived at the 2011 vintage, as round a hole of a year as you could expect - one of the coolest in recent memory, and a particularly tough one in Napa.
Wine importer and distributor David Bowler has one of the most exciting portfolios in the business. Today he recounts his long history in the New York wine scene and talks a bit about where his company is headed.