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Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 9/17/17

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

A day in Adelaide: Big Table, Lady Burra, Shobosho, Pink Moon

It’s nice to be back in Adelaide. I spent a few days here last July, and it’s a very liveable place, a little scruffy around the edges, but a great place to eat, drink and wander around. I had a day in the city yesterday. I began by wandering through the Central Market, where there are [...]

Niagara Riesling: some treats from Cave Spring, Flat Rock and Vineland

On my mini-trip to Niagara last week I got to try a few very nice Rieslings that served to remind me just how well this grape variety does in Niagara. I tasted some Cave Spring Rieslings at dinner with Angelo Pavan (pictured above), then squeezed in a quick tasting of some older Rieslings with Ed [...]

What’s the role of emotion in the perception of wine?

One of the aspects I didn’t cover much in my discussions of perception in I Taste Red, is how emotion affects the perception of the world around us. When we are consciously aware of things around us, we create a model of the world that is a seamless, unified representation that includes input from all the [...]

Champagne Piper-Heidiseck’s new Cuvée Essentiel Extra Brut, and a review of their Vintage 2008

Last night I drank (with help, of course) two Champagnes. One was the impressive new Cuvée Essentiel, and the other the 2008 vintage, from Piper-Heidsieck. It’s a house I associate with forward, generously toasty wines, so it’s nice to see the Essentiel, which is a bit more serious and well defined. Champagne Piper-Heidiseck Essentiel Cuvée Réserve [...]

Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 10, 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 there were more duds than delights, but I managed to pull a few good wines out of the pile. Show More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Winemaker Bill Easton

Episode 429 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Bill Easton, the proprietor and winemaker of both Easton Wines and Domaine de la Terre Rouge in Amador County, California. The history of California wine has often...Show More Summary

Gamay 33, Metrat Fleurie La Roilette Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2015

Metrat is underrated as a Beaujolais producer. I visited him last year, and really loved the wines. This is one of his best, a Fleurie that comes from a special Lieu Dit, La Roilette. The crus of Beaujolais have a fair bit of soil variation, and there are some especially privileged sites, and now growers [...]

Vinography Images: The Fruits of Labor

The Fruits of Labor POMEROL, FRANCE: A basket of freshly picked Merlot rests in the shade of an old vine at Chateau Pétrus in Pomerol, on Bordeaux's Right Bank. Pétrus became famous in the late 1800s after winning a gold medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition, beating out many more famous estates. Show More Summary

For food and drink at the airport, forget the lounge, and let’s rethink the flight experience

I had a good experience in Toronto airport this evening. Arriving quite early, I got through security, and then wandered around Terminal 3. Because I was flying WestJet (saving my client money!), there was no lounge access. This forced me to check out the various food and drink options in the terminal, and I found [...]

Stunning new releases from Domaine Queylus, Niagara, Canada

I’ve written about the wines of Domaine Queylus before. This winery, headed up by Thomas Bachelder, is making some of the most distinctive wines in the Niagara wine region. I met with Thomas and winemaker Kelly Mason to taste through the 2014s and the soon to be released 2015s. These are really impressive wines, and [...]

Exploring the wines of Ontario, Canada

Yesterday I took part in a session for LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) product consultants, focusing on Ontario wines. This was held in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the vineyards (we started off at Jackson-Triggs, went to Cave Spring, then finished at Flat Rock.) These consultants are the people who work in the government liquor stores as [...]

Congratulations to Photographer George Rose

With great pleasure, I'd like to announce that yesterday, photographer George Rose won the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers award for Digital Artistry, based on photographs published here as part of my weekly Vinography Images postings. Show More Summary

A major award for I Taste Red

I’m so thrilled that I Taste Red, my latest book, has just won an a major award. Last night, at the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards, it was successful in the Wine Book of the Year category. Unfortunately, I had to fly to Canada for some work yesterday so I wasn’t there. But my [...]

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 9/9/17

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

Judging the Wines of Argentina Awards 2017

The judges and trophy winners For the last week I have been in Mendoza, Argentina. This is the heart of Argentina’s wine industry, and it is by far the largest region, with 156 000 hectares of vines, which constitutes 75% of the country’s vineyard area. This is a lot: it’s about the same as the [...]

Dinner at Edy’s with some great people and wines, including some Argentine stars

Edy del Popolo Had a lovely dinner last night at Edy del Popolo’s place, along with Sebastien Zuccardi (winemaker), Paz Levinson (sommelier), David Bonomi (winemaker and partner of Edy in Per Se) and Andres Rosberg (sommelier). They opened a lot of very good bottles, including some very serious Argentine wines. David Bonomi Andres Rosberg Paz [...]

Visiting the stunning monastery vineyard in Gualtallary, Mendoza, Argentina

  Edgardo and Paz Edgardo (Edy) del Popolo and Davi Bonomi took Paz Levinson and I out to see their Monasterio vineyard, high in Gualtallary, in the Uco Valley. Here, at 1500 metres on the ridge of a hill there are some amazing soils, with a very high proportion of active limestone. It’s this combination of [...]

Vinography Images: Breaking Storm

Breaking Storm MARGAUX, FRANCE: A storm breaks above the vineyards of Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux as the sun sets. Margaux is one of four original Premier Grand Cru classÉ wines according to the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The...Show More Summary

Visiting the CARO winery in Mendoza, Argentina

CARO is the joint project between Eric de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena. Lafite had already begun a joint venture in Chile (Los Boldos) when Baron Eric met Nicolas, and he was quite surprised by the quality of the Catena wines. The two decided to start a joint venture – these were all the rage [...]

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