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Snooth User: Carly Wray

Favorite wine bloggers?

Posted by Carly Wray, Mar 30, 2010.

We've officially launched a new Q&A series here on Snooth known as "The Grapevine"; each week we'll be spotlighting a new wine expert, writer, or blogger. Our first interview is with the illustrious Craig Camp. Let us know what you think -- we'd love to hear what other wine blogs you read or wine experts you'd love to see answer our questions.

 

 

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 30, 2010.

Make one of your central focuses winemakers, I think.

I'd love to see interviews with pinot and syrah winemakers and winery owners in Sonoma and Santa Barbara. Hirsch, Thomas, Clendenen, Tolmach, Neyers, Turley et al (see list below for more). Though with some of them fullblown interviews by Greg might be the better call. Nonetheless there are enough good people out there now that many of them could fit in the Grapevine format.

Ditto for restaurateurs and their approach to wine. Try a whole series of towns in the San Francisco Bay Area (San Fran, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, several townships in Marin, and then of course Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino). Also in the LA and Santa Barbara areas. Could be an interesting series, leading ultimately to Snooth paper-based publishing, too. I say don't be bashful about contacting even the Chez Panisses, Gary Dankos and French Laundries. You might just get lucky. ;-)

And sommeliers at interesting restaurants all over (who these days are sometimes becoming winemakers, too).

Then some wine importers and merchants who are worth talking to. There are a surprising number of them out there.

 

As referred to above, here are some other winery operations where it'd be good to talk to the principals:

  • Kalin
  • Copain
  • Ceritas
  • Peay
  • Salinia
  • Anthill Farms
  • Mt. Eden
  • Parr
  • Wind Gap
  • Arnot-Roberts
  • Drew
  • Qupe
  • Natural Process Alliance

 

And I'm only talking California here. After them, there's the Pacific NW, then Oz and NZ, then S. America, S. Africa. Oh, and that little place called Europe where even some of the French speak English...

 

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 30, 2010.

This may seem to be beyond your status of focus on winebloggers, but you/Snooth are the bloggers, so why not go to source?

Only a few actual winewriters/bloggers are all that interesting, IMHO, though some of them certainly are. Why not try to hitup some of the critics in the WA/WS/Tanzer circle? Again, you might be lucky enough to get a bite. And the NYT is right nearby, so why not Asimov?

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 31, 2010.

'to be beyond your stated focus'

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Reply by amour, Mar 31, 2010.

SNOOTH paper-based publishing.....a dream...dmcker...

on the wish list....to die for....

and very much attainable.....if you know what I mean!

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Mar 31, 2010.
  • Kalin
  • Copain
  • Anthill Farms
  • Mt. Eden
  • Wind Gap
  • Qupe

These would definitely be on my short list of interviewees.

 

Seam Thackery would be super interesting as well.

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Reply by Carly Wray, Mar 31, 2010.

You've all read my mind, we'll be launching a wine-maker specific Q&A in the next few weeks. These are terrific ideas.

Dmcker - I very much appreciate your list; hadn't thought of restauranteurs, but any reason I can find to contact the French Laundry ... I'll take it! As for more traditional wine writers and wine experts, Asimov has agreed to participate, look for his feature in the next few weeks as well.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 31, 2010.

How about the Brits: Jancis, Hugh Johnson, Broadbent et al.? No harm in asking them, is there? Still think it would be interesting to go for the big raters, as I mentioned abo e. And I think the winemaker names in my paragraph at top would be as interesting as my list down lower that Greg was kind enough to second. Focusing on merchants could also be interesting, including Spurrier, because that's how he started, and Kermit Lynch, but also the right people at a few select operations like Rarewineco and BPWine, and maybe even Garagiste. Also BBR in Britain, perhaps. Certainly a range of styles there... ;-)

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 31, 2010.

And California is doing wine-friendly restaurants perhaps more interestingly than the East Coast, even NYC, the past couple decades, though I'll likely get some arguments about that. Maybe it's the feel of the lifestyle and winecountry nearby, but that's why I pointed towards those areas for restaurant closeups first. It's worth a long series, rather than just a few highlights. You can always do an East Coast series later, or even in parallel, but my money would go for getting into California (and Portland/Wilamette, and Seattle/Walla Walla to lesser extent) in some depth first off.

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Reply by dmcker, Mar 31, 2010.

Oh, and I'll second Greg's idea of Sean Thackrey.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 2, 2010.

Perhaps you could also specialize even further, and talk to someone with total mastery of a specific region like Harry Karis and C9dP....

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 7, 2010.

Matt Kramer and Allen Meadows. Specifically ask them about US West Coast pinot noir (and N.Z., too).

You need to add a few questions to your standard template, appropriate to that person. The last interview fell a bit flat. The Inside the Actor's Studio model is fine, but it has a few advantages you don't have, so customize your interviews a bit more...


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