Wine News 15-22 July

Welcome to this week’s wine news! We’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about wine along this year’s Tour de France route, but here are the other articles that caught our attention this week.

Tasting and Blind Tasting:

Maria Konnikova’s article “What We Really Taste When We Taste Wine” in the New Yorker looks at blind tasting and the role of expectation plays in taste.

And if Konnikova’s article makes you want to try tasting wines blind to see how influenced you are by what you know, you may want to check out the Oxford Wine Blog’s six-part Wine Blind Tasting Guide.

So Much Italian Wine:

Wine Folly has another fantastic resource for you. If you want to choose an Italian wine, look no further.

Eric Asimov is tasting Soave in the New York Times. As always, he gives a good overview of where the wine has been, what it’s like these days, and where it’s going.

All About Alsace:

Wine Shout just wrapped up their week of Alsatian wine. Check out the tasting notes and the “Alsatian Wines 101,” if you want to come to grips with the basics.

On his wine blog, Tomas gives an introduction the wines of Marcel Deiss, his tasting notes, and an account of his visit to the domaine. It’s a good comprehensive post useful to anyone interested in Alsatian wines in general or Marcel Deiss in particular.

Truths Stranger than Fiction:

Wine-Searcher features an article by Tom Stevenson on the war-torn Champagne region in 1914. Did you know children brought in the harvest of 1914 amid sniper fire and indiscriminate shelling? Or that a battle was fought underground in the Caverne du Dragon?

Maximillian Potter has written a book on the plot to extort money from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 2010 by threatening to poison vines. There is apparently lots of history of the domaine, if you have an interest, and “gripping” depiction of the crime, which saw a criminal living in nearby woods as he created his maps of the vineyards and schemed.

In the Middle of the Atlantic:

Sarah Ahmed, the Wine Detective, visits Pico in the Azores, which she calls the Santorini of Portugal. After long specialising in  licoroso wines, which are cask-aged late-harvest or fortified wines, winemakers on the volcanic island are branching out into dry minerally whites.

Very Useful:

Have you seen this cache of great maps on the blog of the Society of Wine Educators? In fact, have you seen the fantastic collection of resources on this site? We’re still exploring it days after we ran across it.

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