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Four affordable Kiwi Pinot Noirs

As I write, I’m at the departure gate waiting to embark on a rather long journey to Kiwi land. So a chance to write up four affordable New Zealand Pinot Noirs I had the other night. Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2012 Marlborough, New Zealand £20 Noel Young, Fareham Wine Cellar, The New Zealand Cellar 13% alcohol A blend of [...]

Enologix - Same as it Ever Was in Napa

Fifteen years ago, at the height of wine critic Robert Parker's influence and fame, WIRED magazine wrote an article about Enologix, an obscure company in northern California started by a man named Leo McCloskey who audaciously claimed to be able to use statistical analysis to predict wine scores based purely on the chemistry of the finished wine. Show More Summary

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 1/15/17

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...Show More Summary

Two affordable Grüner Veltliners

I’m a big fan of Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s specialist grape variety. Here are two easily available, affordable examples that deliver some of the personality of this grape. Domaine Wachau Weissenkirchen Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2015...Show More Summary

March Wine Club Lunch with Anthony Hamilton Russell

Join us in the Spectator boardroom on Thursday 9th March 2017 for the next in this year’s series of Spectator Winemaker Lunches with Anthony Hamilton Russell, producer of South Africa’s most ‘Burgundian’ Pinot Noir and arguably its finest one too. These are exciting times for South African winemakers and Anthony will chat about the current […]

The Wine Trends of 2017

What are the wine trends for 2017? I am looking to these top ten. 1) Natural wine noise settles down The non-stop stories about what is this new thing called natural wine will finally slow down as the world realizes this is not fad, but just a return to sensibility. Show More Summary

Wines of the year (9) the rest

So, my final round-up of wines of the year, 2016. So many good bottles, of which this long series has highlighted just a few. Contino Gran Reserva 2009 Rioja, Spain We tried this from bottle and magnum. I preferred the bottle (the magnum will probably be better in time), and this is the one I took the [...]

Vinography Unboxed: Week of January 8, 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 included...Show More Summary

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Marlborough

Off to New Zealand on Wednesday, so in preparation I thought it would be good to drink some Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 2016 was a good vintage in the region, with both quality and quantity, and the Sauvignons I’ve tasted so far from this harvest have been very correct and delicious, with ripe, appealing flavours and more [...]

I'll Drink to That: Episode 400 - Greatest Hits

Recently, we turned 400! Woo-hoo! Confetti streamers and cake! Erin worked up a fantastic tour of favorite episodes, chosen by longtime listeners, and including clips from the original interviews. One thing you've probably noticed about I'll Drink to That! is that there is a lot of it. Show More Summary

Wine News : Malaysian Wine with a hint of coffee.

Coffee lovers who are also wine drinkers may not have to make those difficult choices anymore … not since an enterprising local businessman decided to come up with the first-ever bottle combining both. Rozells Ipoh White Coffee WineShow More Summary

Vinography Images: Oregon Colors

Oregon Colors HOPEWELL, OR: A vineyard turning color at Cristom Winery near Hopewell, Oregon. Dundee, Carlton, McMinnville, Amity, and Newburg, all small towns located in the Willamette Valley wine production areas, have become the epicenters...Show More Summary

Interesting wines from Argentina: Malbec

This is the third post from a tasting of interesting Argentine wines in Mendoza last month. It’s Argentina’s most famous variety, Malbec. ‘Everyone is talking more and more about regions,’ says Sebastian Zuccardi. ‘They’re talking about altitude, but also soils. Even within the same vineyard we have diversity in soils.’ There were a mix of [...]

I'll Drink to That: Erwan Faiveley of Domaine Faiveley

Episode 399 of I'll Drink to That! has arrived! It's amazing to think it has been so many shows, really. Sometimes it feels like we just got started. But 399 is here, and it features of Erwan Faiveley, the President of Domaine Faiveley...Show More Summary

Wines of the year (8) German stars

Carrying on with the wines of the year theme, this time it’s the turn of Germany. I know it may seem like I’m stringing this one out a but, but I tried a lot of brilliant wines in 2016 and I want to share them all. I visited Germany three times in 2016, and I [...]

Wine import tax: Make American Wine Great Again?

Economic policy has about as much clarity as a tank of Puligny after batonnage right now. There’s some reasonable certainty about various reforms (ahem, tax cuts) but one area that is shrouded in mystery: how imports will be taxed. Trump...Show More Summary

Wines of the year (7) top wines from California and Oregon

Arnot Roberts Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014 Santa Cruz Mountains, California This vineyard was planted in the 1940s by Rusty Ray, and the vines that make this wine were planted in 1979. It’s a three-acre block and they get three tons from it, and it’s described as organic by neglect (it’s disced, dry farmed, [...]

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 1/8/17

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...Show More Summary

Best Wine Moments in 2016 (p.2)

Moments, the wine were there, but would they mean anything without these people and places? Great sommelière Pascaline decant on a garbage can. ('08?) Colombera & Garella Bramaterra Best party of the year, with the Georgians/Italians in Italy. Show More Summary

Wines of the year (6) some top New Zealand wines

Another post rounding up some of the star wines that I tasted and drank in 2016. And I drank and tasted a lot last year. Many of these bottles were consumed in New Zealand in January and February. I’m excited to be heading out again in 10 days. Can’t wait. As with the other round-ups, [...]

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