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Third Annual Oakland Wine Festival: July 15, Berkeley

San Francisco and its East Bay Cities are a lot like Napa and Sonoma when it comes to the wine scene. In this equation San Francisco is Napa, and the East Bay is Sonoma. San Francisco scores the bulk of the attention and spotlight, while Oakland and its neighboring communities quietly go about their business with people in the know. Show More Summary

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 6/25/27

14 hours agoFood & Drink / Wine : Vinography

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related...Show More Summary

Seresin Chardonnay Reserve 2013

Had this beauty from biodynamic Marlborough winery Seresin the other evening. It’s a really compelling Chardonnay. New Zealand’s top Chardonnays are underrated, and they can be superb. Seresin Chardonnay Reserve 2013 Marlborough, New Zealand 13.5% alcohol. Show More Summary

Three Vermentinos

I’m quite a fan of the Vermentino grape variety, also known as Rolle in Provence. It makes white wines with character and freshness from warm climates. These wines are all available from online retailer Tannico, who list a staggering 51 examples of Italian Vermentino. Guado Al Tasso Vermentino 2015 Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy 13% alcohol. Lively and juicy [...]

Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 18, 2017

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's wines...Show More Summary

Grower Champagne: Egly-Ouriet Brut Tradition Grand Cru NV

Back in the day, when I was just getting into wine, the first ‘grower’ Champagne I encountered was Egly-Ouriet. This was in the mid-1990s, when grower Champagne wasn’t much of a thing, and the wines were stocked by Liz and Mike Berry of the fabulous La Vigneronne in South Kensington (which is now the equally [...]

Vinography Images: The Inner Circle

The Inner Circle POMEROL, FRANCE: A cobblestone couryard decorates the estate at Château Pétrus on Bordeaux's Right Bank. The wines of Pomerol have never undergone classification, so while Pétrus is widely regarded as one of the top estates in Bordeaux, it is not and has never been a First Growth. Show More Summary

Take a Ride with the California Rhone Rangers

There is more to life than Cabernet, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It's quite easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to wine, mostly because the rut isn't all that uncomfortable. You shouldn't be blamed for drinking what you like. OnShow More Summary

Domaine Ganevat Les Grands Teppes Vieilles Vignes 2013

More Jura joy. There’s so much good stuff coming from this region, and it’s usually from producers taking a more natural approach. This was drunk last night looking out over the sea at Golden Bay, at the top of South Island, New Zealand. It was mesmerising. Domaine Ganevat Les Grands Teppes Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay 2013 Côtes [...]

Loire adventure: visiting the remarkable François Saint-Lô

François Saint-Lô The rain was easing as we arrived for an appointment with François Saint-Lô, but it was still a cold, damp day. Not ideal for tasting wine. There’s nothing fancy about his place, but it has a good feel about it. It’s a gem of a project: it seems like a wine-making commune, with [...]

Rui Falcao on Madeira, at MUST 2017

Rui Falcao’s presentation at MUST was on Madeira. He began by showing a picture of a bottle of Madeira from 1795, and revealed that most of his great old wine experiences have been with wines from this remarkable island. ‘The oldest wine I’ve had was from 1715,’ he says, which he thinks is the oldest [...]

Podcasts - A New Medium for Wine

For those interested in learning more about wine without visiting wine country themselves, the methods for doing so haven't changed much in the past 30 years. There were books and courses to be had, and then, later, internet sites. There were occasional television shows with varying, if limited, lifespans. Show More Summary

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 6/18/17

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren't Flipboard inclined, here's everything I've strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. Enjoy. Freak hail storm hits Napa Valley vineyards HAIL. Show More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Elena Pantaleoni of La Stoppa

Episode 423 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Elena Pantaleoni, the proprietor of the La Stoppa winery in Italy's Emilia region. Sometimes an I'll Drink to That! episode isn't as directly about wine as you might think. Show More Summary

Eating and drinking well in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Stillwell Beer Garden, Halifax Just on my way out of Halifax, so I thought I’d report back on some of the eating and drinking options, most of which I visited more than once. It was a lot of fun. Stillwell Bar For beer: Stilwell. This is a fantastic craft beer bar, with good food, too. There [...]

Fine cool climate Aussie wines from Frankland Estate

Head 250 km east of the Margaret River wine region in Western Australia, and you’ll hit the remote Frankland River region. With the coast quite a distance south, this is a cool climate wine region. Frankland Estate was established here in 1988 on the Smith family sheep station, and has established quite a reputation for [...]

Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 11, 2017

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's wines included a couple of stellar new releases from one of my favorite Pinot producers in California, Cobb wines. Show More Summary

A night at Benjamin Bridge, Nova Scotia

The judging team from the National Wine Awards of Canada were hosted at Nova Scotian winery Benjamin Bridge last night. It was the best of maritime hospitality. Owner Gerry McConnell has sourced enormous quantities of the best lobster I’d ever tasted, which we devoured greedily, washed down with the fabulous Benjamin Bridge sparkling wines. Gerry [...]

Vinography Images: Hallowed Halls

Hallowed Halls PAUILLAC, FRANCE: Candles light the way in the caves at Château Lafite Rothschild, which has been owned by the Rothschild family since the 19th Century. Lafite, as it is affectionately known, is one of four First Growths...Show More Summary

Loire adventure: Melaric, Saumur

It may have been May, but it felt like November as we arrived at Melaric in Saumur. It was cold, blustery and the rain beat down incessantly on the roof as we talked and tasted. This is the project of Mélanie and Aymeric Hilaire (above, in his cellar), two young vignerons whose fused names create [...]

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