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Niepoort’s Clos de Crappe: an unusual, remarkable wine

You can’t put Dirk Niepoort in a box. He’s not your standard winemaker. Who releases a wine called ‘Clos de Crappe’ with the description ‘technically a disaster’? (See above from the Niepoort website.) As Dirk explains in the film below, Clos de Crappe was originally a wine made with a view to producing a slightly [...]

Canadian wine at the Vancouver wine fest: sparkling wine

There’s a buzz around sparkling wine at the moment. Sparkling wine sales account for 11% of global wine sales and this market is growing by 4.5% annually. And it’s something that Canada has a talent for, with its cool climate wine regions. Of late there has been the beginnings of something special here in Canada. [...]

I'll Drink to That: Winegrower Fred Merwarth of Hermann J. Wiemer

Episode 408 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Fred Merwarth, who is both the winemaker and vineyard manager at the Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard in the Finger Lakes area of New York State. Fred Merwarth is an anomaly among winemakers, because he also runs a vine nursery. Show More Summary

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 2/19/17

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

I'll Drink to That: Sommelier Larry Stone of Lingua Franca

Episode 407 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features sommelier Larry Stone of the Lingua Franca winery and LS Vineyards, both in Oregon. This is a return to I'll Drink to That! for Larry Stone, who appeared in episode 172 back in 2014. Show More Summary

Some lovely high-end wines from Catena, Argentina

By a stroke of coincidence, while I was in Victoria (Vancouver Island, not Australia)  today I got to try through this set of wines from Argentina star winery Catena, presented by Catena’s Andrea Nuñez and Daniel Stiefvater of Trialto (the company that brings them into this part of Canada). I was impressed, especially by the [...]

Vinography Unboxed: Week of February 12, 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

Pinot Noir 2017, Wellington, New Zealand – a film

  While I was attending Pinot Noir 2017, I put together a short-ish film of the proceedings, capturing some of the best moments of the three days. It was a trill remarkable event: it wasn’t just the 117 wineries and the lovely New Zealand Pinot Noirs they poured, but instead there was a narrative theme running [...]

A lovely meal at Burdock & Co, Vancouver

I’ve eaten in a few places over the last few days in Vancouver, but the highlight was a meal at the fabulous Burdock & Co. It’s a small, intimate place with a menu based on sharing-style plates made from good local ingredients, with a brilliant wine list that’s compact, but offers real diversity, stocked with [...]

Canadian Wine at Vancouver winefest: Ontario Pinot Noir

This session at the Vancouver wine festival focused on Pinot Noir from Ontario. ‘It’s a difficult place to grow Pinot,’ says John Szabo, who led the session. ‘There are realities to growing Pinot Noir. It is expensive to grow and it doesn’t always work out well.’ Altogether there are 17 000 acres of vines in Ontario, [...]

Vinography Images: Rolling Reds

Rolling Reds HEALDSBURG, CA - JULY 14: Alexander Valley hillside vineyards of Cabernet Sauvignon ripen under the warm afternoon sun, near Healdsburg, California. Alexander Valley is much less well-known than Napa Valley which sits only...Show More Summary

Canadian wine at the Vancouver winefest: wines from British Columbia

More Canadian wine at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. This tasting was a tour of British Columbia’s wine regions with a star panel ably led by Rhys Pender. Taking part were Michael Bartier of Bartier Bros, Nikki Callaway of Quail’s Gate, JAK Meyer of Meyer Family Vineyards, David Paterson of Tantalus and Chris Turyk of [...]

Canadian wine at the Vancouver winefest: star whites from Ontario

I’m currently in Vancouver at the Vancouver International Wine Festival. Apparently, this is North America’s longest running and largest wine festival. So far it has been really interesting. Each year there is a theme country, and because it is Canada’s 150th anniversary, Canada is the theme. So I’ll be writing up my Canadian wine experiences, beginning [...]

Wine vs. Trump

This past Saturday, 11 February, an estimated four thousand people gathered on Ocean Beach in San Francisco to offer a message to the world, spelled out by a crowd on the sand. The 50-metre-high letters they created formed the word 'resist' followed by two exclamation marks (photo below by Stefan Ruenzel). Show More Summary

New Zealand Pinot Noir: some favourites from Central Otago and Waitaki

Continuing my round up of top Pinot Noirs from the recent New Zealand trip, here are some favourites from Central Otago, with a couple from North Otago’s Waitaki thrown in too. I’ve been coming to Central Otago regularly since 2010, and there’s been a steady evolution. This is unsurprising: after all, the first commercial wine [...]

The 2017 Zinfandel Experience: February 25, San Francisco

I'm not exactly sure how long a particular event has to have been going on for it to be credibly labeled an institution, but whatever that length of time, the ZAP Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco would certainly qualify. For nearly...Show More Summary

I'll Drink to That: Stefano Almondo of Giovanni Almondo

Episode 406 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Stefano Almondo of the Giovanni Almondo winery in Piemonte's Roero zone. Arneis is sort of like Gruner Veltliner, in that it was a forerunner for grape varieties in the market. Show More Summary

Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 2/12/17

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

I'll Drink to That: Frederic Mugnier of Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier

Episode 405 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Frederic Mugnier of Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, based in the Burgundy town of Chambolle-Musigny. Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier is a revered name now, and a favorite Burgundy source for many astute buyers, but the great esteem associated with the label is fairly new. Show More Summary

when Hugh Johnson talks about natural wine

When the wine writer emeritus Hugh Johnson told Washington Post wine writer David McIntyre that "orange" wines were a sideshow and a waste of time fur raised on Facebook and Twitter. He went on to say, "Making good wine is hardly modern technology, it’s just experience and common sense. Show More Summary

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