What I’ve been reading this week, and other links, notes, bookmarks and briefs…
But before we get to that, here’s a heads-up to urge you to listen to the latest ‘I’ll Drink to That! Wine Podcast‘ which features a wide-ranging interview and discussion with San Francisco Chronicle wine writer Esther Mobley, one of the best wine journalists working today. It’ll be an hour very well spent.
Ok, let’s get to it..
Austria – on the country’s ‘other’ whites, Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller in particular. Going Beyond Austria’s Grüner Veltliner from Wine Enthusiast
Chile – An interview with Viña Concha y Toro’s Isabel Guilisasti. Wine and Woman from Prestige.
Argentina – a brief 2018 harvest report. Hopes are high. From Wine Spectator.
Argentina II – Meet the Women Changing Argentina’s Wine Industry. Vogue.
Food – Not all wines are vegan. Here’s how to find ones that are. – Washington Post.
Organics – Is organic wine really better for you? You decide. But please, don’t believe the ‘no hangovers’ nonsense. From Greatist.
Natural – And another quick read/intro on what ‘natural wine’ is. In Vino Veritas, Sort Of: Growing interest in minimally processed wines is shaking up the wine industry. Inside Science.
Auctions – Records are made to be broken – this one may last a while. Sale of Legendary Burgundy Vintner Henri Jayer’s Personal Cellar Shatters Wine Auction Record: Jayer’s last bottles of Pinot Noir spark fierce bidding, earning $34.7 million. From the Wine Spectator report:
Not surprisingly, the top lots were from the Vosne-Romanée premier cru Cros Parantoux, the climat that catapulted Jayer to cult status and a vineyard that was virtually a monopoly of his. Lot 88, a magnum of Cros Parantoux 1978, reputedly Jayer’s best vintage, sold for $144,893, more than three times the high estimate of $40,248.
Six magnums of Cros Parantoux 1999 went for $531,274, while a 15-magnum vertical spanning the vintages 1978 to 2001 fetched a hammer price of $1,171,217, well over double the high estimate. There were only nine bottles of Richebourg in the sale, including two magnums. One bottle of the 1986 sold for $50,712.
For perspective on the $34.7 million single-cellar auction sum, the previous record sales figure of $24.7 million was achieved at the now-infamous 2006 auction of wines “procured” by Rudy Kurniawan, who was in 2013 convicted of selling fake collectible wines. More recently, the 2016 sale of more than 20,000 bottles from the cellar of billionaire collector Bill Koch netted $21.9 million.
Basketball. This off-season, LeBron James –you know, that noted oenophile who also happens to be one of the best basketball players in history– is probably leaving my old hometown of Cleveland. Lots of people are weighing in on where he should go. Even wine critics. From Slate, Where LeBron Should Play Next Year, According to a Wine Critic.
👑Last night was mad real, fresh out of Advil- Jesus grab the wheel👑Sheesh!!! You had to be there to truly Understand. Even though I wish you were there so u could. #VinoChronicles🍷 P.S. don’t talk to me about wine like u know it if you really don’t know what you’re talking about. Seriously! Thank you! 😉👍🏾🤣🤷🏾♂️
Before signing off, back to reality. Here’s an interview with another entertaining wine writer, Marissa Ross, Author of Wine. All the Time: The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking and more recently of Bon Appétit. From Sprudge Wine.