I’m adding a new feature to STBNY — an occasional, and highly unscientific, round up of my favorite wine news. I consume an embarrassing amount of wine media, and really I would feel less guilty about spending so much time reading all those articles, blog posts, Tweets and the like if I could share them with you. Plus, there’s lots of stuff here that even people who aren’t nearly as wine-obsessed as I am would find amusing, entertaining, and even useful.
- English sparkling wine takes top honors at Italian wine competition. I don’t always put a lot of stock in wine competitions, but it’s still pretty remarkable for an English bubbly to beat out some stiff competition from Champagne. And no, I’ve never had an English sparkling wine.
- What Do Women Want. I’ve been having a bit of a Women’s Studies moment lately (the bonehead naming of the iPad must have set me off) and I enjoyed this piece from Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon on marketing wine to women — and what might make his wines particularly interesting to the fairer sex. Not sure I buy all of it, but there’s some interesting stuff here for sure.
- On a somewhat related note, check out this post about the lack of diversity among wine bloggers. Slightly self-promotional here as I’m prominently featured in the comments section but, well, I had a lot to say on the topic. And yes, it’s absolutely true: from my experience working in several wine stores, the most unpleasant, arrogant customers are always men. Then again, the vast majority of customers who stumbled in drunk were women, so we’re no picnic ourselves.
- Wine for Haiti auction on Palate Press. One of my favorite things about the wine industry is how many people in this business are truly kind and generous. This auction is but one great example…plus a nice opportunity for you to get your hands on some excellent wines in the name of a worthy cause. If you or someone you love is looking to take her wine knowledge “to the next level,” as they say, I would highly recommend bidding on one of the subscriptions to www.JancisRobinson.com, which is hands-down my favorite source for tasting notes, news, and the like. Dork that I am, I’m gunning for the University of California books myself.