Wine News 17-24 June

Welcome back! Here’s what we were reading this week:

John Walsh’s feature in The Independent presents “The might of Mendoza: The romantic tale behind Argentina’s booming malbec grape.” Warning: this story will make you want to run out and buy a bottle of Malbec immediately, or, if your budget stretches to it, board a plane to Mendoza. Hide your wallet before reading.

Eric Asimov’s article on California rosés in the New York Times, and his tasting report, may provide some inspiration for American readers. He’s looking for wines that fulfill “rosé’s prime directive, to invigorate, refresh and revive” rather than being heavy and overly sweet. As we recently mentioned, we’ve become enamoured of Famille Bougrier Rosé d’Anjou, and hope to sample a few more rosés soon.

WineFolly features a comprehensive guide to wine-based marinades for meats, seafood, tofu, and vegetables. There’s a recipe for a Zinfandel-Rosemary Marinade for Tri-Tip Roast, but readers outside the U.S. may need to try Wikipedia or elsewhere to figure out what that particular cut of beef is called locally. Or why not just substitute another cut and see how it goes? That’s what usually happens at Winetuned World Headquarters after we’ve looked at a few inscrutable diagrams of cow butchery (US and UK) and tried to work it out.

It seems everyone we follow on Twitter was recently tasting Grüner Veltliner in Vienna, Fiona Beckett included, and she has added an article to her site on what goes well with it. Some of the possibilities might surprise you.

Jancis Robinson’s team have updated her site’s article on “London for Wine Lovers.” Whether you live in London, plan to travel to London, or just wish you could, you should check out the revised list. It covers wine shops, wine bars, and what are called “Wine-Minded Restaurants In and Around London.” Really, the only thing missing is a calendar of annual wine-related events such as London Wine Week.

Absolute newcomers to Riesling and longtime Riesling fans may enjoy this article on The Savory about why Riesling is amazing. The best line? “Ever wished your glass of crisp sauvignon blanc embraced that ripe fruit a bit more than the cut grass covered in cat piss? Riesling.” Serious reasons to try Riesling, delivered with humour and some slightly odd images.

The Independent ran a feature with the misleading title, “A dummy’s guide to wine appreciation: A new crop of female oenophiles are keen to point out an appreciation of the drink isn’t just for snobs.” It’s actually a profile of one woman, Anne McHale, a 33-year-old from Belfast who is a recent Master of Wine now working as a Wine Education Specialist at Berry Bros & Rudd. McHale’s path into the wine industry makes interesting reading, and her wine advice for beginners is simple and down to earth.

Do Americans drink and appreciate more Italian wines these days than the Italians do? Alfonso Cevola explains how regional divisions, changing tastes, and unscrupulous business practices have put Italian winemakers in a curious position, with declining fortunes at home and new possibilities abroad in places like the United States.

In the US, people will soon be eating homegrown heirloom tomatoes, summer on a plate (quiet sob). While our hopes for a good crop of English tomatoes this year from our garden are not high, we’re taking note of the wine suggestions here just in case.

One final note: Mrs. Winetuned really wishes the US team were not playing all its World Cup matches so late at night. Caffeine consumption the next day has risen to epic proportions.


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