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I'll Drink to That: Mapmaker Alessandro Masnaghetti

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Episode 417 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Alessandro Masnaghetti, the editor of Enogea and publisher of several groundbreaking maps of wine regions. Alessandro Masnaghetti started his career as a Nuclear Engineer on the very same day that Italy announced it would cease pursuing nuclear energy as a country. Show More Summary

Château Gruaud Larose 2000

Drinking this tonight. Whatever your preferences in wine, whether it’s for natural stuff, or new wave South Africans, or Kiwi Pinot, it’s always great to drink proper Bordeaux, picked at the right time (12.5% alcohol), from a good vintage, and given some bottle age. I’m enjoying this a lot. It’s not perfect: wine doesn’t have [...]

Kiwi gins and tonics: a comparative tasting

When I was in New Zealand in January, Hannah Burns of Craggy Range and I did an impromptu tasting of Kiwi gins. We tried the gins neat, and then in G&Ts with Quina Fina tonic. We also tried a range of tonics on their own. These are my notes. Broken Heart Navy Strength Gin 57% alcohol. From [...]

Vinography Images: The Swirl

The Swirl MARGAUX, FRANCE: Some of the world's best Cabernet swirls into a tank at Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. Margaux is one of four original Premier Grand Cru classé wines according to the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification. TheShow More Summary

I'll Drink to That: 100% Whole Cluster

Episode 416 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it is 100% WHOLE CLUSTER! Erin Scala hosts this wide ranging discussion about whole cluster ferments and grape stems, sourcing interviews with top winemakers from several different growing regions to seek out their insight. Show More Summary

Loire adventure: Clau de Nell, Anjou

Sylvain Potin and Christian Jacques There’s an interesting story behind Anjou-based biodynamic winery Clau de Nell, which was the next stop on our Loire tour. Christian Jacques was married to the late Anne Claude Leflaive, and in 2008 the pair purchased the struggling Clau de Nell domaine, initially with a view to running it with the [...]

On the need for recognition and approval

I remember that as a child I loved creating things. I spent hours drawing: pencils, felt-tip pens, and even drawing ink. I also loved sculpting things out of plasticine (famously used by Nick Park in his animated features) and clay. But each time I did something new, I needed it to be endorsed by someone [...]

2017 Rhone Rangers Tasting: June 10, San Francisco

Spring is in the air here in San Francisco. As if your allergies weren't already making that painfully obvious. Longer days mean more time for drinking wine, of course, and not-so-coincidentally it also means that it is wine tasting season. Show More Summary

Loire adventure: Vincent Carême, Vouvray

Vincent Carême The drive from Montlouis to Vouvray took us past the famous troglodyte residences built into the tufa (soft limestone) cliffs that follow the Cher and Loire rivers. Here, homes and wine cellars have been built into caves that were created when limestone for building was extracted. They are quirky and wonderful. For winegrowers who [...]

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 5/21/17

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

The Dirty Guide to Wine

Coming to you June 13th, but available for pre-order on Amazon! Read Penelope Bass' full review on

Slo/Czech. The next wine frontier?

From the archives of The Feiring Line...the natural wine newsletter. It's a fantastic resource for what you should know and drink in the world of natural.

Loire adventure: the film

This is a film of our Loire Valley wine adventure. We started with a day in Paris, then we head to Sancerre, before working our way up the Loire to Muscadet. It’s such an interesting wine region, and we met some great people, and tasted and drank many memorable wines. In this film we meet the [...]

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 13, 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

Loire adventure: Taille aux Loups, Montois, with Jacky Blot

Amboise The view from my bedroom window! We finished our appointment at Puzelat and headed to Amboise. It was a beautiful sunny evening, and we were quite excited, because we were staying in a castle right in the middle of town. Nicole, who booked accommodation for the trip, is officially the queen of Airbnb, and [...]

Vinography Images: Skies Above the Vines

Skies Above the Vines SAUTERNES, FRANCE: Stormy skies spill light onto the vineyards of Château d'Yquem in Sauternes, an appellation within the Graves region of Bordeaux. In the famous 1855 Classification of Bordeaux, d'Yquem was the only winery in the Sauternes region to be accorded the status of Premiere Cru Supérieur. Show More Summary

Loire adventure: Clos du Tue Boeuf with Jean-Marie Puzelat

This was quite a visit at Clos du Tue Boeuf. I’ve met Thierry Puzelat before, and I’ve tasted these wines a bit. They are brought into the UK by Les Caves de Pyrene, and I’ve always loved them. Here was a chance to visit. Thierry was travelling, so we met with Jean-Marie, older brother of [...]

What's New in the World's Best Wine Lists?

As some of you may know, I spend time each Spring participating as a judge for the World's Best Wine Lists competition held by the World of Fine Wine magazine. This week I spent a couple of hours of the early morning on the phone with my fellow judges working through what amount to essentially the semi-finals of this competition. Show More Summary

Loire adventure: in Sancerre with Joseph Mellot

Sancerre We drove from Paris for just over two hours to the beautiful town of Sancerre, looking gorgeous in the May sunshine. Our visit here was with Joseph Mellot, a relatively large producer making wine in each of the Central Loire appellations. Mellot has over 100 hectares of vines, with significant holdings in Sancerre (57 [...]

Gallo March Back Into Napa

On 23 March E & J Gallo Winery, America's largest winery and the second largest wine company in the world, announced what was for some, shocking news. The company had paid an undisclosed sum for the Stagecoach vineyard, the single largest...Show More Summary

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