Daily Wine News: Good Riddance

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Frances Dinkelspiel reflects on the life of Mark C. Anderson, the man behind the arson blaze that destroyed $250 million worth of wines in 2005, who died last month. “For me, the fire was personal. About 175 bottles of wine made by my ancestor in 1875 were lost in the fire, and I was always hoping Anderson would explain his crime. I first spoke with him in late 2009 while he was awaiting trial for the fire…He never did explain, always insisting he was innocent, but spun many other stories about his life and accomplishments, many of them likely not true.”

“For many, Caymus epitomizes “special- occasion wine,” representing a sumptuous expression of California Cabernet made in a way that clearly resonates with its legion of devotees. It’s also something of a lightning rod for criticism, drawing fire — fairly or not — from a cohort of (mostly younger) wine professionals and enthusiasts for its winemaking style and ubiquity, which happen to represent two of the keys to its persistent commercial success.” In VinePair, Clay Dillow explores what makes Caymus one of the most loved — and loathed — American wines.

Infusions of coca leaves in wine were popular in the 19th century, and none more so than Vin Mariani. But can a sanitized recreation of the eponymous Corsican chemist’s recipe live up to the celebrated original? Stuart Walton takes a look in the World of Fine Wine.

In the Buyer, Richard Siddle looks at what the AOP Languedoc, one of the fastest growing and most influential wine appellations in France, has to offer.

“Six new Peruvian wine grape varieties have been identified by researchers in the desert province of Caravelí in the Arequipa region of south Peru,” reports Darren Smith in Decanter.

Rebecca Toy offers a wine lover’s guide to Slovenia in Wine Enthusiast.

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