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02.12.2019

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 2/10/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. How Proven?al Winemakers Are Responding to Climate Change New grapes? New sites? Can Cabernet from Sonoma Be as World-Class as Top Ones from Napa? That was proved many years ago already... Madeira's Role in the Declaration of Independence All great writing needs lubrication. From Burgundy to Champagne, the Wine Trends You Can... continue reading

02.10.2019

Episode 460 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Joel Peterson, Founder and Winemaker at Ravenswood winery and the Founder and Winemaker at Once & Future Wine, both in California. Joel Peterson's wine career spans the arc of California wine from the 1970s to now, and for him it went from making a few barrels of wine in a shack to later being in charge of a million-case wine facility. In between were encounters with some of the early pioneers of post-WWII California winemaking, people like André Tchelistcheff and Joe Swan, and a key realization... continue reading

02.09.2019

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 2/3/19

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included all sorts of goodies, all of them red. Let's start with what might be one of the best wines made by cult Pinot producer Williams Selyem, their Rochioli Riverblock bottling. Just down the road from Rochioli, Williams Selyem has been buying fruit from this legendary Pinot vineyard for decades, and makes a select few bottles of it each year. This site... continue reading

02.09.2019

An Infrequent Encounter with Bordeaux

The World Atlas of Wine describes it as the "largest fine-wine district on earth," and while we make a big deal in the wine world about the link between geography and flavor, in Bordeaux the Atlas notes that "no where else in the wine world is the link between geography and finance so evident." Bordeaux is certainly the most famous wine region on earth, having captivated everyone from poets to politicians for centuries. But for many wine lovers, especially Americans, it remains one of the most difficult wine regions to understand and enjoy. The Cabernet and Merlot dominated wines... continue reading

02.08.2019

Vinography Images: Every Last Berry

Every Last Berry POMEROL, FRANCE: A harvest worker unloads the last of a load of Merlot at Chateau Pétrus in Pomerol, on Bordeaux's Right Bank. Pétrus became famous in the late 1800s after winning a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition, beating out many more famous estates. One of the most expensive and sought-after wines in the world, Pétrus is widely regarded as the single best bottling of Merlot to be found, and remains the shining star of the Pomerol apellation, which has never been classified. Consequently it cannot truly be called a First Growth, though it clearly... continue reading

02.05.2019

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 2/3/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Supermarket Wines Are Poured, and Worlds Collide Eric Asimov gets Apothic hate mail. Rustic Fizz Takes Root in US Pet nat is the rage. French Wine Estate Explores its Wild Side All creatures great and small. How many 100-point scores do critics really give? David analyzes. Discovering the Origin of Zinfandel Carole... continue reading

02.02.2019

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/27/19

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a number of wines from the folks at Williams Selyem, who have been making highly-sought-after Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County for a long time. Williams Selyem, in fact, might be called the first "cult" producer of Pinot Noir in California, having begun to allocate its wines to an oversold mailing list of customers before... continue reading

02.02.2019

Vinography Images: Looking West

Looking West SAUTERNES, FRANCE: The setting sun dips below the horizon across the western vineyards of Château d'Yquem in Sauternes, an appellation within the Graves region of Bordeaux. In the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, d'Yquem was the only winery in the Sauternes region to be accorded the status of Premiere Cru Supérieur. Its golden, sweet dessert wines are among the most famous, and long lived, in the world. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the... continue reading

01.29.2019

Episode 459 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Jasper Morris. Jasper is the author of the book Inside Burgundy: The Vineyards, the Wine, and the People, and he recently launched the website Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy. Jasper Morris fell in love with Burgundy over a bottle 66 La Tâche. A notably good choice for an induction into a new stage one's life. Subsequently he traded in Burgundy at his own import company and then for Berry Bros. & Rudd in the UK. Over the course of many years in the trade Jasper learned quite... continue reading

01.28.2019

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 1/27/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Why the increasing retail availability of wine might not be such a good thing Dave McIntyre does thought experiments. The Natural Wine Movement Is Gaining Ground in Colorado High elevation naturalistas. Direct Sales Alters US Wine Market $3 Billion and counting. Obstacles Emerging Wine Regions Must Overcome Michelle Williams on the marketing... continue reading

01.25.2019

Vinography Images: Old Hat

Old Hat PAUILLAC, FRANCE: A harvest worker and his hat have both seen a number of vintages at Chateau Latour in Pauillac, part of the Medoc region of Bordeaux's so called Left Bank. Latour is one of the oldest and most prestigious of the Bordeaux First Growths according to the 1855 Classification, having been planted more or less continuously since the 14th Century. The estate's namesake tower is tiny compared to the fortifications that stood on the site in the 13th and 14th centuries, and is actually a pigeon roost. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image... continue reading

01.21.2019

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 1/20/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Wine's Most Inspiring People 2019: A Wine Communication Artist Elaine gets well-deserved press. Are words better than numbers for describing wine quality? Depends, of course. The power of wine's collective spirit Tim Atkin likes a team effort. Zinfandel Is Nothing to Be Ashamed Of Still drawing crowds in San Francisco. Farewell to... continue reading

01.19.2019

Vinography Images: Pebbles

Pebbles POMEROL, FRANCE: The pebbles in the gravelly soil are mirrored by pebbly skies above Chateau Pétrus in Pomerol, on Bordeaux's Right Bank. Pétrus became famous in the late 1800s after winning a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition, beating out many more famous estates. One of the most expensive and sought-after wines in the world, Pétrus is widely regarded as the single best bottling of Merlot to be found, and remains the shining star of the Pomerol apellation, which has never been classified. Consequently it cannot truly be called a First Growth, though it clearly ranks among... continue reading

01.17.2019

Where (Else) Wine Geeks Gather

One of the most essential of wine's gifts has long been its ability to bring people together. This truth expresses itself in the world of wine in two distinct ways. We share wine among those with whom we gather, in joy and celebration of our shared humanity. Equally, though, when wine becomes the subject of our passion, we gather together in pursuit of deepening that enjoyment. Wine geeks love to talk wine. And for the past decade, thousands have been doing so on an oddly named website that most of the wine world has never heard of, but which continues... continue reading

01.15.2019

Wine News: What I'm Reading the week of 1/13/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Meet the Women Pioneering Idaho Wine Nice profiles. Defining Japan's Terroir New rules and regulations. Redefining Wine Shop Design, Inside and Out Some of the best, profiled. Look To The Douro For High Quality Bordeaux Style Wines Michelle Williams goes to Portugal Is Royal Tokaji's Essencia the Most Luxurious Wine in the... continue reading

01.12.2019

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 1/6/19

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included more whites and reds, so lets dive right into some crisp fruity goodness. We can start with the Sauvignon Blanc from Acumen in Napa. I tasted through their reds the other week and sort of forgot this bottle in the pile, but having tasted those wines, I'm not surprised to find another competent wine, crisp with green flavors that won't disappoint... continue reading

01.12.2019

Vinography Images: Chilling

Chilling GIRONDE, FRANCE: Chunks of dry ice cool fruit in a tank at Chateau Ausone in Gironde on Bordeaux's Right Bank near Saint-Émilion. Ausone is one of only 4 wines classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé in the Saint-Émilion classification. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper,... continue reading

01.07.2019

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 1/6/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Prosecco Bursting the Champagne Bubble With some data to back it up. Exploring Oregon's Other White Wines Paul Gregutt goes Gris and beyond. The Growing Thirst for Exotic Wine Thank heavens. There's more than Chardonnay. Seven Ways Wine Will Change in 2019 Elin McCoy prognosticates. Organic Grape Growing Harms Vineyard Soil, Says... continue reading

01.05.2019

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 12/30/18

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included a bunch of Chardonnays from up and down California. Perhaps the most striking of these was from Talley Vineyards, whose Rosemary's Vineyard Chardonnay from the Arroyo Grande Valley was lean and pithy and pretty racy for a wine that could have easily been made in a different style amidst that generous climate. While we're in the middle of the state, let's... continue reading

01.05.2019

Vinography Images: The Harvest

The Harvest POMEROL, FRANCE: A cascade of perfectly ripe Merlot falls into the hopper at Chateau Pétrus in Pomerol, on Bordeaux's Right Bank during the harvest. Pétrus became famous in the late 1800s after winning a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition, beating out many more famous estates. One of the most expensive and sought-after wines in the world, Pétrus is widely regarded as the single best bottling of Merlot to be found, and remains the shining star of the Pomerol apellation, which has never been classified. Consequently it cannot truly be called a First Growth, though it... continue reading

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