|Wines in the press, April 26-28|
|Monday, 30 April 2012 13:55|
Fiona Beckett says from the lists of supermarket promotions she receives every month, you'd think the British drank only Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and occasionally Chardonnay, or Shiraz and a Rioja for reds.
She thinks some of it must be to do with anxiety about what friends and colleagues might think of our inability to remember or pronounce wine names. If you're a relatively new wine drinker, how do you break out of this rut? She asks. Beckett recommends setting a target to try a new grape variety every four or five weeks. The Dominio del Plata's 2011 Torrontes (pronounced ‘torron-tez' £7.99, Marks & Spencer) could be the first, she says. It's from Susanna Balbo, who in Beckett's opinion is one of the best producers in the Salta region of Argentina. Or she suggests going Greek with the "crisp, zingy" Hatzidakis Assyrtiko 2010 (ass-ear-ti-co, down to £8.24 Waitrose), from Santorini. It's perfect with chargrilled squid, she says.
The Financial Times
When the FBI arrests someone for wine fraud, you know the crime has moved into the mainstream, says Jancis Robinson MW. Young wine enthusiast Rudy Kurniawan (he used several aliases) was rumoured to have been recently arrested and photographs of counterfeiting equipment, including wads of labels of Châteaux Pétrus, Lafleur and Lafite were circulated. Château Latour is to stop selling its wine en primeur and will only be sold form its château from next year, concerns about provenance is a significant factor in this decision, she says. Very soon, Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, will also offer a new tracability system, which should be relatively easy, says Robinson, since all DRC labels are individually numbered. There is no such obvious numbering on the labels of Château Pétrus, but a subtler verification system for each bottle was instituted in the mid-1990s and other top Bordeaux have followed suit.
The Mail on Sunday