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’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

    Forum post in the topic Stony Hill, Napa


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Stony Hill, Napa


  • 8th Generation Riesling 2013

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    8th Generation wines have been a little more difficult to obtain recently so this is the first in a while. The quality remains elevated, however; the wine is a beautiful pale yellow liquid with an evocative apple, lime and peach nose. The acidity is good as well with a touch of residual sugar and more citrus and green apple on the palate. Nicel... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Sorry, turophile. One day you may find yourself trapped in a big, scary, artisanal food desert. Fear not, for there is a silver lining. Such a scenario presents the perfect opportunity to marvel at human invention as manifest in processed cheese product. Once considered a miracle of modern life (along with canned beans, gelatin, and pressure coo... Read More

    From the article Unpretentious Wine Pairings: Cheese Product


  • I don't think the presence of RS in the "Grey Riesling" has much impact on whether it survived or not.  BTW, my research indicated that Gray or Grey Riesling was Trousseau Gris.  Alas, the problem with Wikipedia is no one checks for internal consistency.Wind Gap makes it, and I drank it recently at Pizzaiolo in Oakland.  It didn't strike me as s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Need a little...


  • My friend had some wines in a cement cellar up in Lake Tahoe.  She is not a wine drinker so brought them home for me but they are really old years and I don't know how to find the shelf life to know if they are still drinkable...Can someone advise please?1)  Bolla  Merlot  20022)  Sangiovese Di Romagna  20023)  Cotes du Rhone  J.Vidal.Fleury 200... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Need a little...


  • Let’s take a trip back in time. Close your eyes and imagine yourself an English explorer, a shipmate of Sir Walter Raleigh’s. You've just braved the Atlantic crossing and are rowing to shore towards a strange island on a forbidding coast. Yet immediately on landing, you see a very familiar site: Grapes. Lots of them. Coastal North Carolina at th... Read More

    From the article Underrated Wine Travel: North Carolina


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