“Normally, I imagine, George would conclude the annual event with a collective pat on the back and a pep talk for the impending harvest. This year was unique, however: It was the first year George wasn’t present.” Over at Serious Eats, Stevie Stacionis writes about this year’s Ribolla Fest.
“Comparing riesling’s residual sugar to soft drinks and orange juice is brilliant… [as is] noting that a Starbucks-style latte has eight times the sweetness of a riesling.” Jeff Siegel praises an infographic on Alsace Riesling — and explains why we need more like it.
In the Miami Herald, Connie Ogle reviews Somm.
“In the early 20th century, there were nearly 100 wineries surrounding San Jose.” In the Salinas Californian, Laura Ness writes about the historic wine reboot taking place in Silicon Valley.
“The next installment of the photo-journal series ‘Wine Dogs’” will feature cats, not dogs. Rebecca Gibb has the details.
Terroir is getting serious. On the blog for First Vine, Tom Natan profiles Cave la Romaine, the cooperative winery in Vaison-la-Romaine, and its efforts to make “three wines with exactly the same composition of grapes, 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, the same fermentation techniques, and the same aging in concrete tanks before bottling.” The only difference? The grapes come from three different CdRV villages.
“I… realized that there’s never going to be a day when I just really feel like drinking a Salta Malbec-Tannat blend, so I better pop the corks and taste them.” W. Blake Gray wonders whether one can taste the terroir of Salta.
Tim Fish confesses that he doesn’t “always drink the perfect wine with [his] food.”
Dave McIntyre wonders if regional wine has officially become mainstream.
“The Holy Grail for California wine has been China. With its hundreds of millions of emerging upper-middle class consumers, Cali producers see a vast new source of demand.” Steve Heimoff explores what it will “take for the Chinese to embrace Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.”