“Balance for one is, for another, a wine awry, something we should keep in mind when we talk about this stuff. Some of us like green tomatoes, some of us prefer them dead ripe. There really is no single answer.” Harvey Steiman writes a thoughtful piece on the ripeness discussion at this year’s IPOB SF.
“Cornelissen’s approach is increasingly precise. The winery is spotlessly clean, and replete with technology to monitor and stabilize the environment.” On Tim Atkin’s website, Simon Woolf writes a fantastic essay on Frank Cornelissen, who “seems hellbent on learning his craft the hard way, through trial, error and – some would say – sheer bloody-mindedness.”
“For $35, it’s hard to beat a Central Otago Pinot Noir. They’re consistently fresh, with great food-friendly acidity and good berry fruit. They’re delightful.” W. Blake Gray writes about the financial challenges faced in New Zealand’s Central Otago.
João de Vallera, Portugal’s ambassador to the UK, is working hard to promote his nation’s wine industry. Jancis Robinson reports.
Fred Swan offers a few more thoughts on blind tasting.
“After 25 years, Beaucastel continues to be the model. But the winery has also forged its own identity.” In the San Jose Mercury News, Laurie Daniel profiles Tablas Creek.
The HoseMaster offers some tips on “How You Can Help With the California Drout.” It begins with saving letters.
“’I don’t like aftertastes and I don’t like bitterness. I don’t like acidity,’ Gifford, 60, says. ‘I don’t want an interesting wine.’” Kathie Lee Gifford launches her own line of wine by telling the world how terrible it’s going to be.