I cover several newsy items in my Star Tribune column this week, but of course there’s lots more going on in the wide Web world:
• The Washington Post’s terrific wine columnist Dave McIntyre profiles a guy who’s investigating what domestic wines the Founding Fathers might have consumed. Catawba, anyone? Meanwhile, a California newspaper investigates WWJD (What would Jesus drink?).
• Another redoubtable vinous scribe, Mike Steinberger, reacts to a screed about Sine Qua Non’s wines. Love his takeaway: “the millions of dollars that are spent chasing [Manfred] Krankl’s confections are millions of dollars not spent chasing the wines that I happen to prefer.”
• I still cringe whenever I see “impact” used as a verb unless a tooth is involved, so let’s call this reassurance about how the wine biz won’t be hugely affected by the California drought.
• This look at tasting terminology contains some fabuloso illos.
• Finally, a sign of the times. Any times: