Wine Columns for Weeks of April 4 and 11

Wine columns these last two weeks continue to be awash with whites. With winter long gone - and evidently sick of "wines that stain your teeth" (as a salesperson at Sherry-Lehmann puts it in Wednesday's NYT) - writers are showering us with white Burgundies, Viogniers, Rieslings, well as more obscure grapes like Loureiro and Moschofilero. As always with typically po-faced wine writing, the more entertaining copy tends inexorably to the unexpected. Most worthy of mention is the SF Chronicle's cheeky-chap duo of Camper English and W. Blake Grey, who (if you read Jerry Shriver's Cheers blog) are providing better value than a 2005 Columbia Crest Two Vines Sauvignon Blanc.

Camper manages to turn an innocuous item on the San Francisco World Spirits Competition into a come-on ("chances are you can find something good from the [winners] list in your price range...if your price range is $2,600, call me; I'm single"). Not to be outdone, and with baseball season upon us, Blake gleefully tries to stuff as many bats and pitches into the Chronicle wine section as Jon Bonné will let him - going so far as to devote an entire article to the selection of wines at our local stadia.