Americans Now Love Wine and Beer Just the Same; 200-Year-Old Bottle of Sauternes Sells for $117,000

“What about the three percent who prefer double-fisting?!” Photo: iStock Photo

• In a new Gallup poll, wine is tied with beer as the alcoholic beverage of choice for Americans: 35 percent say they prefer the vino. This is down from the post-Sideways heights of 2005, however, when wine temporarily surged to being the favorite of 39 percent of people in the same poll. [Business Insider]

• Contrary to popular belief, a new study suggests that drinking alcohol may actually prolong and worsen stress rather than relieve it. [Medicinenet]

• A fellow named Christian Vanneque, a former Parisian sommelier who once served as judge at the famed Judgment of Paris in 1976, just purchased the most expensive bottle of white wine on record, an 1811 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes, for $117,000. Robert Parker tasted the same 200-year-old vintage fifteen years ago and said it tasted like “liquefied crème brûlée.” [Scene Asia/WSJ]

• Bay Area native Ray Walker, 30, has become one of the only American winemakers in Burgundy, and he did so with very little experience, no connections, and zero background in the wine industry. [NYT]

• The Virginia wine industry is hoping to get a boost after just hosting the fourth annual wine blogger conference there. [Daily Progress]

• There’s a small island off the southern coast of France near Cannes where wines are made by Cistercian monks who’ve been making vino on the island since the fourth century A.D. Since the nineties, the wines of Lerins Abbey have been improving in quality owing to the expertise of several monks and have made it onto the lists of some high-end restaurants in France. [Reuters]

Americans Now Love Wine and Beer Just the Same; 200-Year-Old Bottle of Sauternes