“Though there may be more coveted cult wines than those of the Scholium Project, the charismatic and somewhat quixotic Schoener is possibly America’s only winemaker with a cult following of his own.” In the New York Times Magazine, an excellent profile of every oenophile’s favorite philosopher, Abe Schoener.
“These are the wines that I have come to believe are capable of greatness, especially in a vintage like 2011.” Elsewhere in the New York Times, Eric Asimov writes about the incredible wines coming out of Beaujolais this year.
“I’ve tasted Oregon pinot noir, Santa Barbara pinot noir. I don’t think any of them have the depth of character Russian River pinot has.” In the Press Democrat, Virginie Boone writes a wonderful profile of Davis Bynum, the Russian River Pinot Noir pioneer.
“So to recap, I had one Gewurztraminer in Washington, and it was great. Therefore, Washington makes great Gewurztraminer.” W. Blake Gray praises (a single) Washington Gewurztraminer!
In Palate Press, Gary Thomas chats with Jancis Robinson about American Wine.
“I’m not saying we should dumb down our wine tasting conversations. But I do think beginners, especially, over-sciencize it.” Steve Heimoff urges wine tasters to quit trying so hard. I agree.
Unsurprisingly, Napa Valley is home to the most expensive agricultural land in the country.