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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  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's (at least in the case of 'white wine' in general, not PG--ever had any aged white Burgundy, Mosel or Rhein riesling, Champage blanc de blancs, Loire chenin blanc, various from the Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill... Read More

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  • Italian Wines, for $1 each?Yes. I found them, and they're quite nice! Well, I have to admit that for about a year now, my favorite type of wine is Pinot Grigio. But I have to say, the Soave Classico is what I'm sipping now and it is very SMOOTH. Unbelievable for a buck. This is the Orangevale, California Dollar Tree and they also have a Moscato,... Read More

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  • According to the Wine Institute, in 2015, over 28 million liters of wine were produced by sixty-three different wine producing countries. There are currently 195 different countries in our world, which means that a whopping one third of it is making wine. We all cherish our favorite wine countries and regions, but there are some superior wine pr... Read More

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  • Galileo once said “Wine is water, held together by sunlight.” With all the record rainfall that NY has been getting this year, it’s been impossible not to think about how water affects wine quality.  Too much or too little can significantly impact the way a harvest will develop.  Since the largest chemical component of wine is also water, Galile... Read More

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  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, Jamon, and assorted pickled/dried vegiesThe Charles Orban Blanc de Blanc was excellent according to the ladiesThe 2010 Pewsey Vale Contours Riesling was an excellent maturing Riesling from the Eden Valley in SA and showed that under screw cap we are not seeing the fl... Read More

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  • Riesling, sherry, and claret, most likely. Those are what Queen Victoria liked.And according to some, that was the golden age of wine. Gladstone reduced tarriffs on wine in the mid 1800s, hoping to turn Brits into wine lovers and not beer lovers or even worse, gin fanatics. In the late 1800s gin was like crack in the 1980s and 90s. Eventually, t... Read More

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  • Hello,I am a writer working on a historical piece, and wondered if anyone had any ideas about what fine wines and champagnes Londoners would have been drinking in the late 1930s. Surprisingly hard to find!Thanks,Alan Read More

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  • Stephen, any comments on the Aussie wines and their prices towards the top of this list?  Clos du Rouge Gorge, young vines, in the Roussilon A Connoisseur's Cellar, Part 10 of 8: some fine bits towards the endWe might get another round, but after today there will be a break for at least a little while from this relentless assault of interesting ... Read More

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  • DOing a tasting tonight04 Janz Sparkling - Tasmania05 E&E Sparkling SHiraz08 Mesh Riesling Clare/Eden Valley Blend [half Grosset half Yalumba hence Mesh]08 O'Leary Walker Polish Hill Riesling Clare16 Orlando ST Helga Riesling Eden Valley05 Zeghesio Zinfandel02 Yalumba Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Blend05 McWilliams 1877 Cabernet Sauvignon/S... Read More

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  • Sometimes we get used to paying upwards of $100 for a nice bottle of wine from the wine shop.  Those are the 'good days' that we want to remember, but soon you notice your bank account is dropping faster than Trumps approval rating, so you start looking for more value-oriented wines that are tasty in their own right.This topic is all about value... Read More

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