“On these shores, the Rhoneish blend — most typically with Mourvedre and Syrah in the mix, although not exclusively — has never been in better shape.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné praises America’s “Rhoneish” blends.
“In the popular imagination, wine and cheese were meant for each other. The reality is more frictious, and the cheese usually wins. Its waxy texture coats your palate and its powerful flavors saturate your senses, making it impossible to taste the wine. And then there is Vin Jaune, the vinous pride of the Jura region of France. Vin Jaune is one of the few wines that can stand up properly to cheese.” Eric Pfanner writes a fantastic column on Vin Jaune.
“Sometimes, you gotta Krankl.” In Wine-Searcher, Jennifer Ashcroft profiles Manfred Krankl, “the motorcycle-riding Austrian making California’s best Rhône blends.”
Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, Rebecca Gibb chats with Ned Goodwin MW. An Australian, Goodwin lives in Japan, is “the wine buyer for Nippon Airways, the face of Heidsieck Champagne in Asia, runs Wine & Spirit Education Trust classes in China and has launched his own label, Good Wine.
Lettie Teague profiles Pierre-Yves Colin, “The New Master of Affordable White Burgundies.”
“Instead of fretting about the complexity of the subject, Rupert offers this council to the Port-phobic: ‘Don’t bother to understand it, drink it.’” From Jameson Fink, a great piece about “unwinding” with Port.
Great Northwest Wine profiles Josh Maloney, the former winemaker at Chateau Ste. Michelle, Milbrandt Vineyards, and Wahluke Wine Co. He is launching his own small operation called Maloney Wine, and the first vintage is already in barrel.