Daily Wine News: Required Drinking

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 09-24-2013

kutch“If obsession mixed with passion, and then seasoned with a good dose of the fastidious is the recipe for good winemaking, we theoretically could have seen someone like Jamie Kutch coming.” Alder Yarrow explains why Jamie Kutch’s wines “are simply required drinking for anyone who wants to see where Pinot Noir is headed in America.”

In the Village Voice, Lauren Mowery profiles Yannick Benjamin, a sommelier who “works the floor on wheels.”

The HoseMaster offers a (blind) review of Jon Bonné’s forthcoming book, “The New California Wine.”

“For decades, South Africa has been the promising but slightly troubled cousin of the wine world. However, a new generation of vintners are creating distinctive, and some say world-beating, wines.” In Wine-Searcher, Andrew Beatty looks at “South Africa’s Rapidly Changing Wine Scene.”

Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka tastes through 24 different bottles of dry Riesling from Australia.

Meanwhile, the Lodi Winegrape Commission chats with Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka about Lodi wine country.

“It’s probably a good year for amateurs to turn pro, as there should be a lot of good-quality grapes looking for homes.” James Laube offers an early look at this year’s harvest in California.

Jo Diaz interviews wine writer Eric Degerman.

“Catastrophe. Puff pastry is so-called because it puffs. My little shells had popped and puffed, sending beans flying everywhere.” Meg Houston Maker attends a two-day boot camp at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

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