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I'll Drink to That: Martina Barosio of Scarpa

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Episode 387 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently and features Martina Barosio. Martina and her family own the Scarpa winery in Nizza Monferrato, within the Piemonte zone of Italy. Scarpa is a historical winery in the Piemonte...Show More Summary

The stunning Pichon Baron 2012

Bordeaux is on my mind at the moment. So I dug this beauty out and shared it. It’s too young, for sure, but what a wine! I was so impressed. This is why we come to Bordeaux: no trace of over-ripeness here, but great concentration and harmony. Château Pichon Baron, Pauillac 2012 Bordeaux, France This is sensational. [...]

Vinography Images: Happy Green Vines

Happy Green Vines HEALDSBURG, CA: A Westside Road pinot noir vineyard in the Russian River Valley is in full leaf near Healdsburg, California. While the drought is now over, most producers are feeling a little pressure ease off as resevoirs...Show More Summary

Bordeaux: a lovely city to spend time in

Yesterday I returned from spending five nights in Bordeaux. I’ve been a few times before, but not for so long. [Here's a report on my last stay here back in March.] Rue Ste Catherine, Europe’s longest pedestrianised street. Just next to the Quality Hotel. We stayed at the Quality Hotel Bordeaux Centre, which impressed. It’s really [...]

Four days in Bordeaux – some highlights and the 2016 vintage

Limestone at Château Falfas, Côtes de Bourg Just in the airport after four days in Bordeaux. The goal of this trip was to look beyond the established image of the region, to the more hidden side of Bordeaux.  We looked at producers using organics/biodynamics, we looked at the younger generation of winemakers, and we looked [...]

Shannon Ridge 2012 “Single Vineyard Collection” Tempranillo, Lake County

Shannon Ridge is a Lake County winery that is best known for it’s Petite Sirah blends. It’s Morine Ranch vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, but they also cultivate an interesting collection of French, Italian, and Spanish grapes; This...Show More Summary

2016 Pinot on the River Tasting: October 23, Healdsburg

Now is a bucolic time to be wandering around wine country. Harvest has completed for most wineries, and wines are bubbling and burbling their way through their secondary fermentations. It's the time of year that wine country really becomes wine country. Show More Summary

Responding to a reader’s comment on excessive travel and narrow scoring

I had an interesting comment on my blog a few days ago, and I’ve been mulling it over. If anyone takes the trouble to comment at length like this, and offer opinions, then I should be listening. And I am. Here it is: Dear Jamie I have been mulling over this for a while… but I think [...]

I'll Drink to That: Mathieu Deiss of Domaine Marcel Deiss

Episode 386 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently and features Mathieu Deiss, who works with his father at Domaine Marcel Deiss in Alsace, France. You can have the sense listening to Mathieu Deiss that he carries the entire weight of history and the broad diversity of viticulture on his shoulders. Show More Summary

Five reasons why Provence rosé is like Champagne

After having spent a few days in Provence, I’m beginning to think that there are some important parallels between Provence and Champagne. Let me try to explain. First, both are strong regional brands. Champagne is instantly recognizable. People know what to expect when they buy a bottle of Champagne. There are no nasty surprises, and generally [...]

Gundlach Bundschu 2012 Mountain Cuvee Red, Sonoma

You got to respect an American winery that was founded in 1850’s and still going strong. It’s now run  by Jeff Bundschu, the 6th generation of winemakers. That makes it the oldest family-run winery in the US. To survive Prohibition, they raised cattle […] The post Gundlach Bundschu 2012 Mountain Cuvee Red, Sonoma appeared first on Wine School of Philadelphia.

Champagne Janisson & Fils Grand Cru NV

Based in Verzenay, Champagne Janisson made the transition from grower to Champagne house in 2014, when they also built their futuristic new winery. This NV Grand Cru really impresses: Jansson’s own holdings are supplemented with some bought in grapes. It’s a lovely wine, and it’s also beautifully packaged. Champagne Janisson & Fils Grand Cru NV 12% alcohol. [...]

Napa's Increasingly Attractive Neighbour

In the late 1970s, geophysicist Marion King Hubbard introduced the world to a concept that later became known as 'peak oil', a shorthand name for the implications of his theory on when the maximum extraction of petroleum would be reached and then fall into steep decline. Show More Summary

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 10/16/16

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

Making Provence rosé

A modern winery adapted for making rosé, at Château de Berne Rosé is a technical wine. This past few days I’ve been quizzing winemakers on just how they go about making it. Here’s a short introduction to making rosé wines, and how the winemaking decisions have implications for the final flavour. Reception area for machine-harvested [...]

Punched Down

Punching down Troon Tempranillo in the rain under our old oak tree. There are thirty one-ton fermenters spread out before me under the oak tree behind the winery. They all need punch downs and I'm the only one there to do them. It’sShow More Summary

O Gaveto, Porto, a brilliant seafood restaurant

I had one of my meals of the year at O Gaveto in Porto, a couple of weeks ago. It’s a traditional Portuguese seafood restaurant in Matosinhos, the port area of Porto. It’s run by brothers João and Jose Silva, and the restaurant was started by their father. The food is superb, and the service fabulous. The [...]

Vinography Unboxed: Week of October 9, 2016

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

In Elgin: Corder Wines

I met Ian Corder (above) at Almenkerk, where his wines are made. [As an aside, he kindly offered to take me up in his autogyro to see the Elgin Valley from the air. You can read about this, and watch the video here.] The vineyard that is now Corder Wines  was originally an apple farm when [...]

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