Friday, May 14, 2010

Weekend Reading

With the work week drawing to a close, this is the perfect time to start considering some weekend reading. Here, then, are three articles that are worth the time to check out this Saturday and Sunday.

First is this week’s wine article from The New York Times, this one on Cava. With warmer weather here and the thirst for bubbles peaking, Cava should be on everyone’s mind. Last weekend, in fact, after the Race for the Cure here in Philadelphia, I brought along a bottle of Juve y Camps Reserva de la Familia Brut Nature 2003 to enjoy with brunch with my wife’s extended family, and it was fantastic--mature, nutty, complex, and wildly affordable. The article, including a rundown of styles and standout bottles, is right here.

There was also an excellent piece on the cork industry the other week in The Wall Street Journal. And while I’m no great fan of plastic corks--though I’m a huge one of screw caps--this article on them is eye-opening, to say the least. You have to respect the in-roads that synthetic closures have made.

Finally, a mystery: Domaine de la Romanee-Conti was the victim of an attempted blackmail recently. You just have to read it to believe it--the full story is here in the UK's Telegraph paper. Sad that this is what the wine world has come to. Thank goodness the caught the culprit.


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