Time to do a bit of venting; however I’m in too good of a mood to be overly negative today. So no cussing about liberal bloggers who dare bring wine into their dark political sphere or selfish asses that market wines to commemorate 9/11 since they can’t sell their swill on their own merit. Okay, okay enough of that, I was just stating the facts, not getting worked-up.
In all honesty I’m truly in a darn good mood. Must be due of one of the following reasons:
- I’m tipsy
- It’s late, I’m tired, and I’m tipsy
- I’m tipsy.
Maybe it’s a combination of a productive day and sipping on some really good juice? BTW, this ’04 Chateau Pesquie “Artemia” from Ventoux in the Rhone Valley is delicious. It has loads of red fruit and chocolate aromas and if you close your eyes it’s clearly reminiscent of chocolate covered strawberries. PLUS, the feel of this wine on your palate is sensual and velvety. Did I mention I was tipsy?!
Yet I digress, on with the show…
Acker, Merrall & Condit set the stage – What better way to display wine’s resiliency as an investment than having 97% of the lots sell at their first auction of the fall for a total of $3.8M. Considering the world is falling apart and people are less than enthusiastic looking forward, I’d say this is just another indicator that the rich really like their wine!
California 2011 – Given what I’ve heard about the growing season in Napa this year, I’m happy to hear that there are healthy signs of an optimistic end of the season for 2011. Just to put it in perspective, one winemaker I spoke with in June said that this vintage could end up being a disaster. Luckily for us, Mother Nature stopped her mood swings and has provided very even and dry weather since that time. Due to the early misfortunes, I still think this will be another vintage that separates the great vineyards and great winemakers from those who simply collect a paycheck thanks to great weather and grapes of the past.
The Chinese are rich and the wine world knows it – I’m done fighting it, sell to these jokers. If they’re willing to spend $539k on a 300 bottle lot of Chateau Lafite then more power to them. Who cares if they secretly prefer to mix Coca-Cola with said Lafite?! But in all seriousness, a healthy Chinese wine auction market means a healthy US auction market as the supply is greatly impacted by the total number of transactions, no matter where the auctions take place.
Limited-time wine sales sites – Yes, limited time wine sales online are becoming a great way to get amazing discounts; however all isn’t well in wine land. Just as Amazon.com has killed off many bookshops and countless other caring, neighborhood oriented establishments, sites such as GiltTastes.com and TilSoldOut.com could mark the end of some mom & pop wine shops. Just think, having a spot to go sample interesting and esoteric wines you may never have tried (and liked) and having a knowledgeable guide to turn to for that special event or gift wine may end up being a thing of the past. It’s kind of unfortunate, but being a free market capitalist, this innovative development is great; however as a nostalgic history major I’m saddened. How confused am I? I have an ad for Wine Chateau, an online wine site, sponsoring this article (check out the site for great deals), yet I’m complaining. Damn, I seriously am my own worst enemy, a Republican with a heart…crap.
2011 Bordeaux – There’s never a good time to get a hailstorm when you’re in the wine industry, well unless it’s in the winter, but that’s just what parts of Bordeaux received a week or so ago. There was damage to parcels of vineyards at two of the most famous chateau in the region, Lafite-Rothschild and Cos d’Estournel. From the sounds of it, they’re already harvesting; however one can only think this pushed forward harvesting across the region due to fear. I hope not, because the articles states that there was 2 inches of rain within a 15 minute spell. That should be a warning sign. Does anyone have the balls to wait for full physiological maturity and a little more warm weather to help with stabilizing the effects of the deluge? We’ll see.
Alright, I’m tired, I’m tipsy, I’m out…peace!