A Brief Timeline of Events
January - Legislation passes that allows New Jersey wineries to ship directly to customers in New Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie signs this into law on May 1st.
January - French food & beverage exports increase over 8%, led by wine and cognac.
June - Australia & New Zealand report a high quality harvest with lower yields than usual. Most producers make great quality wine, in smaller quantities.
July - Laura Maniec launches the Champagne Campaign at Corkbuzz!
Our favorite bubbles are now more accessible than ever before (after 10 pm, that is)!
September - Burgundy harvest is small due to hail damage, but of high quality.
October - Wine Grapes, the most extensive resource to date about wine grapes, is published.
October 30th- Hurricane Sandy hits the east coast and destroys tons of houses and brings dining to a halt in certain parts of Brooklyn and lower Manhattan.
November 7th- Somm documentary premiers in Napa
November 13th - The Questions Heard 'Round the World- Pete Well's review of Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant
November 14th - Wine Enthusiast names Michael Madrigale "Sommelier of the Year"! Go Michael!
November 16th- President Obama gives Speaker of the House Boehner a bottle of Poggio Antica 1997 Brunello di Montalcino and sent the twitterverse abuzz!
December 3rd- Soldera Winery is Vandalized in Montalcino
December 8th- Robert Parker Sold the Wine Advocate and caused a stir!
December 17th- Talia Baiocchi makes Forbes 30 under 30!
Some great writing has been published about wines and restaurants this year. Here are some favorite books, articles, and blog posts from other bloggers that I found to be poignant and amazing in 2012:
Pete Wells' Hurricane Sandy Article
In lieu of his weekly restaurant review, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy he instead published a love-letter to downtown restaurants, encouraging people to support them as they struggled to re-open. Later that very night he was spotted downtown doing just that!
Only twice have I read wine writing like this, that just made me stop and realy re-think perspectives on wine. This is a fascinating, brilliant article, and it draws wine into an interdisciplinary conversation that does nothing but enhance our wine-based professions.
Eric Asimov: How to Love Wine
Eric Asimov publishes his "Memoir & Manifesto" How to Love Wine. His touching way of relating his experiences causes pretty much everyone in our industry to stop and think...
Peter Liem & Jesús Barquín released their book, Sherry, Manzanilla & Montilla.
This awesome, insightful book is the new go-to sherry reference.