The Age of Riesling

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Nearly thirty years ago, I stumbled into the wine business, more or less by accident, because my primary profession, that of writing poetry, did not provide much of an income. (And believe me, it still doesn't!) I needed a job with defined hours so I could do graduate work, thinking I might become a teacher. At the time, I was working as a mediocre carpenter across the street from the old Wine and Cheese Center down on Jackson Street in San Francisco. I used to get my sandwiches there, and occasionally buy a bottle of wine. One day I walked into the store and, thinking the wine business might be a pleasant change, not to mention solve the problem of fixed hours for classes, asked for a job. Somewhat to my astonishment, I got it, but only because the owner was an ex-English teacher and, somewhere in the interview, got to discussing favorite writers. At first, I sold cheese, but gradually worked my way into the wine department and, under the excellent tutelage of Mel Knox and Jim Olsen (both of whom some Read more »

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  • There are going to be some exciting changes at Snooth in 2016! We have a few new additions to the team who are sure to enrich your wine and food experiences. These three writers come from various wine backgrounds and will offer you a variety of perspectives about our topic du jour. Meet them now: John Downes, MW We are pleased to announce that M... Read More

    From the article Meet Snooth's Brand New Editorial Team!


  • I'm pretty bad about naming the 10 different Crus of Beajolais but the article I have linked does a good job of explaining it, and maybe I'll be getting closer to becoming familIar with them, because taking a shot on a bottle of J.P. Thevenet last week for Turkey Day really turned my head. It has that direct and effortless quality with good back... Read More

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  • DM - as you know, it's originally from Spain in Aragon. It was the most widely planted red variety in the world just a few years ago and may still be. It was also the most planted red grape in Spain, which still has like twice as much as anywhere else in the world. Relatively speaking they have even more Monastrell, but that's a different story.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha as a choice for certain palates, and in certain contexts. Most of the mention here is pretty generic, and doesn't get down to any level of detail.Would like to suggest we take up the subject of wines from this grape with better focus. Where is good, who makes the goo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...


  • I have a big burgundy tasting on Sunday in Las Vegas, and have had to think about how to best stage and prepare some bottles for the tasting.First, the wines were both pulled from my storage about 6 days in advance and brought to my place. There, I have a few different options of where to put them.1. In my wine cooler, where its kept at a consta... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Staging Question - Burgundy...


  • There’s nothing quite like having wine friends. After all, our mutual topic of interest is a social lubricant. But there’s so much more to it, as Snooth’s recent blogger trip will attest. Earlier this month we had the opportunity to explore one of the country’s oldest and up-and-coming wine regions: Lodi, California. It still amazes me that a si... Read More

    From the article Lodi Wines: Past, Present, Future


  • Finally made it up to Stony Hill for a tasting, and came away impressed. First off, the view up there on Spring Mountain is worth the trip alone, definitely up there with my favorite views in Napa, overlooking Howell Mountain. It was definitely interesting to try their Chardonnay, which doesn't go through malolactic fermentation (blocked!), but ... Read More

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  • Hi everyone, This thread is dedicated to your thoughts about the wines of Lodi, more specifically for those who attend next week's virtual tasting. Here is a link to the virtual tasting page:http://www.snooth.com/virtual-tasting/video/lodi-presents-1/The tasting will take place next Wednesday, June 3rd, at 8:30pm Eastern/5:30pm Pacific.         ... Read More

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  • While the wine lists of today are California- and Europe-heavy, the wine lists of tomorrow may not follow the same tune.  Wines from around the world – and from places you might have never heard of – may very well be the quaffers you’ll find on your neighborhood gnosh spot’s wine list in five years, according to a recent story by Jonathan Crista... Read More

    From the article Looking Ahead: L.A. Mag Features "Futuristic" Wine List


  • Does anyone have any experience with these wines?Seems like it would suit my palate. Interesting that they're a Napa producer known for their whites, and their blocked malo/ neutral barrel Chardonnay. Apparently the winemaker who's been there for 40 years was an assistant for Ric Forman for a couple years before getting plucked by Stony Hill.I'm... Read More

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