? Decanter goes to 100-point system: Decanter, the British wine magazine, will start scoring wines with the 100-point system in its annual buying guide. ?Introducing the 100-point system is essential as Decanter is now a global magazine with more than half its readership outside the UK, ? said the magazine. This is shocking news, not only because Decanter is giving in to something that continues to lose favor, but because it has always been the most sensible of the Winestream Media (for what that ?s worth). The reason for this, I think, is the Chinese market, which has everyone in the wine business salivating (though there is no truth to the rumor that a Chinese language Wine Curmudgeon will soon launch ? the Wine ju l ot u). The Chinese may not understand the Decanter review, but they ?ll recognize the 100-point system ? another of the legacies the U.S. has given the world, like fast food and Coca-Cola.
? Wine prices slump: Those investments in fine wine continue to look like Florida swamp land. Wine sales at the world ?s top five auction houses were down 25 percent in the first half of 2012, which coincides with the slump in the fine wine stock market. I mention these things not because it ?s actually important, but because anyone who buys wine as an investment instead of drinking it — it's the world's best wine, after all — deserves whatever happens to them. Which, frankly, I kind of enjoy watching.
? Vegetarian food: It ?s summer, it ?s hot, and we ?re eating lighter, which includes vegetarian meals. My pal Dave McIntyre looks at the difficulty of finding wine to go with vegetarian dishes, since it would seem to exclude red wine. Writes Dave: ?On the whole, I ?d say don ?t sweat it so much and feel free to experiment. ? One key ? choose wines from cultures, like Greece and Italy, that do a lot of vegetarian food.