Daily Wine News: Waking Up

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-10-2014

Courtesy of Tim O'Rourke.

Courtesy of Tim O’Rourke.

“Collectors have woken up to the fact that the crème de la crème of this classic world-class wine might be expensive for most people, but they are dirt cheap when compared to the crème de la crème of Bordeaux and Burgundy.” In Wine-Searcher, Tom Stevenson explains.

“Just for laughs, Santa, make wineries tell the truth about their production levels. Let regular wine folks know that Silver Oak is about as hard to get as food poisoning from a Tijuana taco truck. That Opus One is about as exclusive as the Hair Club for Men. I’d appreciate it.” The HoseMaster writes a letter to Santa.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has purchased the North American rights to David Kennard’s documentary “A Year in Champagne,” his follow-up to “A Year in Burgundy.” It will be released this coming spring.

“Wine labels impact us, and we respond.” Isaac James Baker admits that sometimes, he buys wine based on the label. So he has decided to detail his favorite wine labels of the year.

In Bloomberg, Tejal Rao reviews Aldo Sohm Wine Bar.

Lenn Thompson wonders if Long Island wine prices are sustainable.

In its 40 Under 40 issue, Fortune profiles Gary Vaynerchuk.

“I don’t think craft beer and cider are threats, but I do see them as challengers.” Wine economist Mike Veseth wonders if wine should “fear beer.”

On Forbes.com, Robert Resiss shares “The Incredible Story Of Starting The World’s Largest Wine Brand, Barefoot Wines.”

In Wine-Searcher, “10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Henschke.”

In Palate Press, Mary Orlin reviews Alder Yarrow’s The Essence of Wine.

The “San Francisco Champagne Society” is a thing.

Delectable: A Wine App That Could Revolutionize Drinking

Posted by | Posted in White's Wines | Posted on 12-09-2014

delectableAs regular readers know, I write a free, twice monthly wine column that’s distributed to newspapers across the country. These columns are hosted by Grape Collective.

If you don’t see my column in your local newspaper, please send an email to your paper’s editor and CC me (David – at – Terroirist.com).

In my latest column,I explain how Delectable could revolutionize how Americans purchase wine.

Delectable: A Wine App That Could Revolutionize Drinking

Alexander Niehenke began to appreciate wine ten years ago. But for the first four years, it was simply a beverage he enjoyed with dinner from time to time, especially when cooking at home.

But then he put his nose in a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from Justin, a winery based in Paso Robles, California. He was at a bachelor party, where few attendees were paying any attention to the wine inside their glasses. But for Niehenke, the aromas were intoxicating. Something clicked. So he promptly dove into the world of wine.

For the next five years, Niehenke’s passion for wine grew steadily and predictably. As a resident of San Francisco, weekend trips to Napa Valley and Sonoma were easy — so he started driving north regularly. He began attending tastings, reading wine publications, and even collecting.

Then he discovered Delectable, a mobile wine app. Since downloading the program last fall, Niehenke has been moving towards oenophilia at lightning speed.

Check out the rest of the piece on Grape Collective!

Daily Wine News: Puffeney To Retire

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-09-2014

From vintagesonline.com.

From vintagesonline.com.

At year’s end, Jacques Puffeney will retire. He plans to lease most of his vineyards to the Burgundy producer Marquis d’Angerville for its Domaine de Pélican label.

Jonathan Lipsmeyer is convinced that “we’re star struck with aged wine” because we’re preoccupied “with our own mortality.

To bridge “the UK’s polarized wine markets,” Tim Atkin thinks that “a minor scandal that exposes the way bargain basement wine is made, blended and traded” might be needed.

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague attempts to pair Zinfandel with food.

On a “Nebbiolo pilgrimage across Northern Italy” Robert Camuto visits “Ar.Pe.Pe. — the perfectionist, traditionalist producer in the grape’s alpine frontier of the Valtellina valley bordering Switzerland.”

In Palate Press, Erika Szymanski Waiheke Island, just off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. The island has no public water supply, but plenty of blue and green water, and not just from the ocean.

From Wine-Searcher, “The Busy Wine Lover’s Guide to Château Giscours.”

“Since his furtive return from the Zurich hospital under the cover of darkness at age 96, about 3000 of the estate’s 5000 roses have been removed to make way for the roughly 18 acres of indigenous and international varieties that are grown.” Alder Yarrow visits Casal Santa Maria in Portugal.

On Forbes.com, Nick Passmore details “The World’s Most Expensive Champagnes.”

Jean-Charles Boisset hopes that Americans will embrace the wine equivalent of a tupperware party.

In Wines & Vines, Paul Franson looks at the lingering effects of Prohibition.

“They were even encouraged to skip the glass and pour wine straight into their mouths from a Porron wine pitcher, followed by the choice of a palate cleansing Cheeto or Cool Ranch Dorito.” In the Durham Herald-Sun, Alex Dixon visits the Rx Wine Lab, a new project from master sommelier Fred Dex.

Daily Wine News: Lots of Lists

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-08-2014

Syrah. (Flickr, McD22.)

Syrah. (Flickr, McD22.)

Jon Bonné names his top 100 wines of 2014.

In Grape Collective, Christopher Barnes chats with grape geneticist Carole Meredith.

“Nothing prepares you for the moment you lose everything, and even now, Ms. Viader has difficulty talking about that day.” In the New York Times, Colleen Debaise profiles Delia Viader.

“In a bid to win back customers, the natural cork industry has launched a new advertising campaign directed at Northern California winemakers.” Los Angeles Times reporter David Pierson has the details.

In the Press Democrat, Virginie Boone lists her top wine books for the holidays.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre offers some tips on “what to give, and not give, to wine lovers on your list.”

The Tig asks Blackberry Farm wine director Andy Chabot for some holiday wine selections.

According to Grape Collective’s Michael Woodsmall, “if there is any time in the last 35 years that Parker’s 100 point scale has looked its weakest, it is now.”

“It would seem the sleeping ghost wine of the Rhône has been woken up.” James Molesworth visits Château-Grillet to check out the effects of regime change.

Over the weekend, Dallas food and wine feminist Diane Teitelbaum passed away.

Alfonso Cevola writes about “Wine After Death.”

Wine Reviews: Grab Bag of Italian Reds

Posted by | Posted in Wine Reviews | Posted on 12-06-2014

Every time I sit down to taste Italian wines, I think the same thing: Why don’t I buy and collect more Italian bottles? Sicily, Veneto, of course Tuscany, there are so many exciting wines and only one lifetime.

But now that it’s cold outside and dark by afternoon, and I find myself at home cooking a lot of hearty fall fare, vino rosso is a no-brainer.

This grab bag report focuses on a few interesting reds from Sicily, Tuscany and Veneto. All these wines were received as trade samples and tasted sighted.

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Weekly Interview: Steve McIntyre

Posted by | Posted in Interviews | Posted on 12-05-2014

Steve McIntyre

Steve McIntyre

Each week, as regular readers know, we pose a series of questions to a winemaker. This week, we’re featuring Steve McIntyre, the proprietor of McIntyre Vineyards, where he is also involved in winegrowing and winemaking.

Steve is one of the most experienced wine growers in the Central Coast, even setting aside McIntyre Vineyards. He was a founding member of Monterey Wine Company and for the past three decades, he and his wife, Kim, have owned and operated Monterey Pacific. Today, they farm 11,000 acres in Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, San Bernabe and Hames Valley for some of California’s most prestigious producers. Steve alone has planted more than 20% of the SLH AVA!

Check out our interview with Steve below the fold.

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Daily Wine News: Tough Work

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-05-2014

Flickr, cbransto.

Flickr, cbransto.

“But the best part of practice involves a deliberate effort to do more swirling, sniffing, and swallowing. It’s tough work, but I’m sure you’ll manage.” Alder Yarrow details the science behind tasting notes.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné previews his Top 100 list.

Eric Asimov names “The Best Wine Books of 2014.”

In Wine-Searcher, Tyler Colman chats with Meursault winemaker Jean-Marc Roulot.

Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, Adam Lechmere details his top destinations for wine lovers visiting London.

In the Wall Street Journal Europe, Will Lyons praises the Southern Rhone for offering “rich, ripe and warming wines that come into their own around this time of year.”

In Wine Spectator, MaryAnn Worobiec picks her top stocking stuffers for oenophiles.

“This is the first time globally that such a detailed test has been carried out, looking not just at the taste but the specific aroma molecules transferred to wine by barrels.” In Decanter, Jane Anson writes about the efforts to test oak influence on wine aroma.

Daily Wine News: Top Posts

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-04-2014

A vineyard in South Africa.

A vineyard in South Africa.

Pia Mara Finkell asks some of her “go-to wine blogger buddies” (including me!) to list “their favorite blog posts of the year.”

Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute has taken a “Snapshot of the American Wine Consumer in 2014.”

In Wine-Searcher, Tim Atkin wonders if South Africa is the most underrated wine producing country in the New World.

Elsewhere in Wine-Searcher, “10 Things Every Wine Lover Should Know About Henschke.”

“Truffles, burrata cheese, prosciutto, feta, Roquefort, baguettes, foie gras — almost every Western gourmet item has been tackled by Chinese entrepreneurs for a new audience of adventurous diners.” In the Wall Street Journal, Tony Perrottet looks at Chinese efforts to duplicate the West’s high-end food and wine culture.

“Despite the myriad challenges and setbacks, tricky weather, fickle markets, entrepreneurial souls continue to plunge headfirst into wine.” In Zester Daily, David Baker writes about America’s wine story.

Most American wine enthusiasts struggle with French, German, and other languages. But as Tom Natan explains, we try!

“Eclectic and exciting, Rorick’s Forlorn Hope lineup of wines boast maximum flavor and minimal intervention.” In the San Francisco Examiner, Patricia Decker hangs out with Matt Rorick.

Daily Wine News: Algorithmics

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-03-2014

SAMSUNG“Any app that makes you think you’re getting bespoke advice is playing to your vanity of centrality. Only you can know your palate.” Matt Kramer explains why an algorithm can’t replace a critic.

“We’re working with iconic varietals on quality sites. I hope people understand one thing about our region. We make wines for everyday luxury.” In Grape Collective, Lily Elaine Hawk Wakawaka explains how Domaine Paul Mas breathed life into the Languedoc.

According to Sarah Washington, an “expert geologist [now] doubts safety of Mosel bridge.”

Mike Dunne thinks that wine competitions need some reforms.

In partnership with a medical marijuana dispensary in Santa Cruz, Melissa Etheridge is cultivating a line of “cannabis-infused fine wines.”

Humans have been drinking for 10 million years.

Emirates Airlines has dropped $500 million on “a long-term investment” in wine.

In Punch, Hanna Raskin writes about the first attempts to revive Carolina Gold rice wine.

Saperavi, a dark red variety from Georgia, is now growing in the Finger Lakes.

Daily Wine News: It’s Science!

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-02-2014

Flickr, ILESH.

Flickr, ILESH.

A scientist has claimed that “a bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking.”

Eric Asimov’s next wine school? Vouvray Sec.

Thanks to Amarone, Alfonso Cevola has “finally learned to stop worrying and love the fruit-bomb.”

“As much as I myself prefer drinking French wine in France, I’d be remiss not to point out that The Beast is the one Paris venue I can think of where serious US wines might sell at their relatively stratospheric prices.” Aaron Ayscough visits The Beast, a brand new BBQ joint in Paris.

“Behind a shelf of the latest wine books, he removed his secret lapel pin from his pocket and fastened it to his suit jacket. His transformation was complete. Wine knowledge flooded his brain.” Ron Washam profiles Brett Bung, a Certified Specialist of Wine.

Just in time for Christmas, Bill Ward lists the “best wine books of the year.”

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre explains why “Maximilian Riedel wants us to leave [Champagne] flutes and coupes in the cupboard.”

Finally, Hasbro has released “Le Monopoly de la France Viticole.”

Catie McIntyre Walker, known as the Wild Walla Walla Wine Womanhas released Wines of Walla Walla Valley.

S. Irene Virbila lists “11 inexpensive wines for holiday parties.”