“As for Monastrell, its reputation for much of the 20th century was as a sturdy workhorse… primarily as a blending grape for big, dark, coarse wines. In the last 25 years, though, Monastrell has redefined itself.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov writes about the dramatic improvement of Monastrell, aka Mourvèdre.
Meanwhile, in the Daily Beast, Eric Asimov tells Sophie Menin “why tasting notes are pointless, how he fell in love with the juice, and his high school beer column.”
“With this particular vine he knows precisely how much water is flowing in the pipe at any given moment. That’s because he can see inside.” In Wired, Jeffrey O’Brien writes a fascinating profile on Fruition Sciences.
WineSpectator.com reports that Helen Keplinger has left Bryant Family Vineyard.
“Humboldt’s 26 wineries draw from vineyards spread out over a huge surface surrounding a central No Man’s Land — a hundred unplanted miles separating the Pinot Noir country of Southern Humboldt from the Bordeaux-like inland warmth of Willow Creek and Orleans in the County’s north east corner.” In Appellation America, Clark Smith writes a fantastic piece on the terroir of Humboldt County.
In the Bellingham Herald, a look at Washington State’s newest American Viticultural Area.
“Storytelling has its place, but whenever you hear someone talking it up, look for their agenda. Little wineries such as Failla or Saxum have great stories, but journalists didn’t get around to writing about them until they [the wineries] proved themselves by establishing quality. People tend to forget that quality must precede the story.” From Steve Heimoff, a piece on story telling and wine sales.
Warning: A fraudulent Master of Wine is connecting with wine industry folks on LinkedIn!
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