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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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime throughout my teens and I'm just now picking it up again - after 30 years!  I can't believe how light the reels and rods have gotten!But back to wine and yes California, particularly in the Central Coast, gets little precipitation.  Many vineyards out there remain dry-far... Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ago..alas) and have recently joined Snooth.  I was a former winemaker and enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and eno... Read More

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  • Wine myths are often unspoken but incredibly pervasive. Their looming presence may prevent wine novices from feeling confident about how they drink. Most would agree that wine experiences are best enjoyed with friends, but myths can hinder otherwise joyous wine drinking occasions. “Sparkling wine MUST be enjoyed in a flute glass, or else!” “Wine... Read More

    From the article Wine Myths: Debunked


  • Columbia Valley, Columbia Gorge, and Walla Walla Valley: a triumvirate of outstanding wine producing regions with a fascinating twist. While there are numerous ways in which these three areas are vastly different from each other, they have one key similarity. Their acreage spans across both Washington and Oregon states. I spent a week traveling ... Read More

    From the article Washington & Oregon Wines Tread the Line


  • GdP, Jamie Wolff and I went up to Menaggio on our last day in Italy a couple years back. Stunning place.  They ought to try growing a little Riesling up there as well with the steep spots above the lake. I've had Codero di Montezemolo Monfalletto and it is a good Barolo, but I'm going to bet the Massolino is far the more age-worthy, and more tra... Read More

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  • This book looks enticing but was looking for feedback from anyone who may have read it. Thanks Read More

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  • A few days ago I participated in a tasting/pairing event that featured white wines. One of the wines was Chablis, and, while discussing this one, the facilitator stated that it was fermented in steel and had never seen oak.  I asked if that was common for the region and he responded that it was absolutely the case, and was so for all white wines... Read More

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  • Those who know Riesling intimately, and drink it often, can argue that the top Rieslings are some of the greatest white wines in the world. It is interesting to think about its greatness in comparison to another top white variety – Chardonnay. Chardonnay is a chameleon, having a great affinity for expressing winemaking techniques and terroir whi... Read More

    From the article Australian Riesling: No One Formula for a Great Wine


  • ProWein, the annual wine and spirits fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, is the high water mark for wine brands, regions, and drinkers worldwide. Nearly every wine producing area you’ve ever heard of (or not heard of) is represented at this event. The event is so huge that it should have its own postal code. This is one of those rare instances in life ... Read More

    From the article We Know Where To Find The World's Best Wines


  • 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!


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