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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  • If the numbers are correct, quality wines will soon have their renaissance in Germany. This past week, research group Mintel released a report which said, according to their study, wine drinkers in Germany are prepared to spend money on quality wines. “As competition abounds on the best deals for consumers across the food and drink sector, Germa... Read More

    From the article Cheapskates They Are Not: German Drinkers Ready To Spend


  • Sandra and I were fortunate yesterday to attend a quickly sold out (57 minutes after the e-mail went out to the RdV Ambassador members, it was fully booked) 'Introduction to Blind Tasting' class at our favorite Northern Virginia winery, RdV.  Getting our two slots in this class was tough, as we didn't call them until 5 or 6 hours after their e-m... Read More

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  • Good producer and a good wine.They don't get the same respect, but SA Prum is worth looking for too. They're cousins if I'm not mistaken. In blind tastings, the SA wines don't always do that poorly. But as I've mentioned before, when it comes to Riesling, I really prefer them on the younger side. Have some Auslese from 2001 and a few Spats but g... Read More

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  • If anything, here's something to get me to drink more German wines. Over the past couple of years, the few that I have had were newer releases, with the occasional older wine from someone else's cellar. Seems like 8 - 10+ years is a good window to start drinking many Spatlese, or lower levels. This 2007 showed a little young tonight, though it h... Read More

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  • Hi All!  I could really use some advice.  My husband and I run a restaurant and we are having a 4-course Valentines dinner and I'm looking to pair each course with wine.  Affordable wines...lol!  The courses I need help with are: ginger soy braised beef with crispy rock shrimp tempura(think Nobu style) with cauliflower puree carrots and snap pea... Read More

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  • Vino, my personal favorite is 'herr doktor professor' in that language with so many examples of officiousness and titular overkill. IMHo the least romantic of the European languages, forgetabout such ridiculousness as capitalizing every noun. We should be thankful that label size doesn't allow inclusion of the other two words (in the event any o... Read More

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  • Due to popular demand (don't ask where that demand came from or you'll spoil my fun), we appear to need some new wine discussion topics.  This topic was only relevant to Thursday as a test case but was subsequently expanded to cover the weekend too.  What ever you bring up in this topic should either occur on a Thursday - Sunday, or it could be ... Read More

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  • Breakups with boyfriends and guilty pleasures haven't quite been the same since New York-based Mercer's Dairy released their wine-infused ice cream a few years ago. The champions of cherry Merlot and chocolate Cabernet are back in the headlines after this summer's release of Strawberry Sparkling, the seventh in the company's series of decadent c... Read More

    From the article Wine Ice Cream Getting Scooped After New Release


  • Box wine, depending on who you ask, is either the future of wine or the ugly stepsister. Long hailed with amazing potential, what actually gets to the market rarely seems to live up...or does it? Over the last few weeks I've been hard at work tasting every imaginable box wine I could find, ranging in price from about $10 to over $50, to bring yo... Read More

    From the article Don't Belittle the Box Wine!


  • Winemakers are fascinated by its diversity, winegrowers love its transparency, restaurant sommeliers appreciate its friendliness for food, and wine enthusiasts cherish it for its approachable smoothness and range in levels of sweetness. Oregon Riesling is on the rise, and everyone from vintners to consumers are taking note.Riesling thrives in Or... Read More

    From the article Oregon's Riesling Revival


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