When someone thinks of mold on fruit, it usually has a very negative connotation. However with grapes, there are two sides of the mold story when talking about a very specific fungus called Botrytis cinerea. This is a fungal pathogen affecting grapevi...Read more »
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We hear a lot of talk about organic and biodynamic wine but do we understand its importance in the world of wine? And its impact on the planet? It’s pretty big picture stuff. In the early 1920’s, a group of farmers, concerned with the decline in the he...Read more »
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"the southernmost extremes of Ontario are actually further south than Bordeaux"I love shit like this. As if the only thing that mattered was latitude. (Or soil, or mean daily temperature, or... take your pick.) Has this writer ever been to either place? I haven't been to Bordeaux, but I know that area in Ontario and Western NY pretty well. L... Read More
Here's the story by Vine Pair, which has made for some decent reads from my Facebook feed of late. Lots of interesting regions named here from China to Brazil to Texas. The other domestic region being North Virginia. Nearby, there's Baja and Canada.Tasmania and Croatia we've heard about for a while longer, and seem to have a bit more Cree than t... Read More
OK, my OCD is kicking in.Al, did the Somm say that it contained Syrah?"Meritage" is a copyrighted mark owned by an organization called The Meritage Alliance. In order to put the word "Meritage" on the label, a maker has to pay a fee to The Meritage Alliance and the wine can only be made from certain grapes. From The Meritage Alliance website:A ... Read More
When someone thinks of mold on fruit, it usually has a very negative connotation. However with grapes, there are two sides of the mold story when talking about a very specific fungus called Botrytis cinerea. This is a fungal pathogen affecting grapevines that comes with both challenges and opportunities for the grape grower and winemaker. It can... Read More
The majority of wines on the market these days are meant to be consumed within one to five years. This is a natural law. Producing wines that can sit in the cellar for decades is time-consuming and expensive. There is a time and place for wines that age and adventurous palates are required. Most all age-worthy wines will have high acid, tannin, ... Read More
Interestingly enough, was an offer from our friend Ian Cauble that falls right within this thread's discussion: Massimo Clerico, Nebbiolo, Lessona DOC Piedmont, Italy 2008 If there is one lesson that is common amongst all the great red wines of the world, it is that nothing can substitute for optimal bottle age. You can decant a young wine t... Read More
Planning to do some exploring into Italy's other wine varietals, those without the fanfare or popularity of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto, etc.First up is a Ruche with a few years bottle age by Montalbera, apparently a lighter wine that was traditionally brought out for special occassions...figure this should make for a nice aperti... Read More
As the chilly season draws to a close our thoughts drift toward picnics in the park, fire pits at dusk, and sidewalk cafés. While there’s no reason to banish your red wines at the onset of spring, finding one that’s suited to the transition is key. It should be something bold, rugged and ripe with fresh fruit flavors. It should be a red wine gra... Read More
Little known by most wine consumers, Saint Bris is an unusual wine that seems ... to these two most cultivated noble grapes, Aligote is grown throughout the region, while Gamay is the key grape in Beaujolais.Tucked away in the far north of Bourgogne in close proximity to Chablis, Saint Bris is the only AOP in Bourgogne where Sauvignon Blanc ma... Read More
I guess I am like many people living in the U.S. since I am not entirely sure about how my ancestors came to this country. I think my father’s background is from somewhere in the Balkans, but not much more. My mother’s side is even murkier, thus leaving me a bit adrift when people ask me about it.When it comes to my appreciation of wine, however... Read More