Laetitia’s latest from the Arroyo Grande AVA in San Luis Obispo is a a Pinot Noir made from whole clusters of Clone 115 Pinot Noir grapes, aged half in new and half in used French oak barrels. Classic dark cherry … Continue reading ...
It’s official. California is exciting place for Pinot Noir, and there is now now shortage of elegant, detailed, supple, world class Pinot Noir here, if you look in the right places. The In Pursuit of Balance tasting held in San Francisco in March 2014 showcased the top Pinot Noirs from California, and from the many [...]
On Sunday night I was lucky enough to drink two wines that are important bottles in the story of Pinot Noir in California. I was with Raj Parr, Sashi Moorman, Jasmine Hirsch and Jamie Kutch at Zuni, and these remarkable wines were brought out. It was an immense privilege to be able to drink them. Sanford [...]
I'm at the Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara pouring Cornerstone Oregon Pinots all weekend at the World of Pinot Noir. Hope to see you there! Post by Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Valley.
by Alex Balk "A few weeks ago, over dinner with half a dozen entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, the question came up again. The table, which included a few people already worth more than $100 million, went quiet. One man in his late 30s twirled the stem of his wine glass as he thought. Show More Summary
Every January, unbeknownst to most wine consumers, a group of wine writers, sommeliers, and other wine industry professionals spend many the entire month doing nothing but tasting Pinot Noir. Over many successive days, through rigorous...Show More Summary
I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris to drink a small glass of Pinot Noir while watching… Continue reading The post What shall we do about Neknominate? appeared first on Spectator Blogs.
This is a remarkable wine, made by large producer Ventisquero on a very small scale from vineyards in the Atacama desert, in the far north of the country. It hardly every rains here, so the soils are quite unique. I reported on the Tara white a while back after tasting it in Chile; this red [...]
We hear a lot (and I certainly write a lot) about wineries or wine labels that represent the realization of a lifelong dream. Or equally as often they are the expression of someone's ultimate vision, usually something like: "I want to...Show More Summary
AT THE beginning of the film Sideways, Miles, a wine lover, is asked why he is so fond of pinot noir. He replies that the grape is difficult to grow: it is thin-skinned, temperamental and ripens early. It cannot thrive when neglected,...Show More Summary
Good beer comes in bottles, so why shouldn’t good wine come in a can? The Union Wine Company based in Tualatin, Oregon has answered that question by producing their highly praised Underwood Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir in a convenient 12 ounce aluminum can. Pre-orders are currently being taken for delivery in Spring 2014. images [...]
So I’m having such a fun and intense time here in New Zealand, I’m finding it hard to blog every day. But here goes. Sunday saw the final day of the Pinot Noir celebration and it began with a grand Burgundy tasting, chaired by Nick Mills of Rippon, with celebrity guest Aubert de Villane of [...]
Day 4 of my visit was a long, enjoyable one. We began with a drive out to the lovely Northburn station, just out of Cromwell. This was to be the setting for the grand tasting of Central Otago Pinot Noir, with 40 wineries showing two wines each: current release plus an older bottle. This [...]
Ukiah, California-based Charbay turned its alembic pot stills to crafting this brandy in the winter of 1989. The grapes used are 74% pinot noir and 26% sauvignon blanc. The distillate has since been mellowing in barrels made of oak from … Continue reading ?
This is turning into a very good trip. Day three began with two visits. The first was at Grasshopper Rock, with Phil Handford. Phil lives in Hamilton, and has a background in agricultural banking, He found the perfect vineyard in Alexandra (the picture above is Clyde, the main town here), and now makes 4000 cases a [...]
Everyone's definition of idyllic varies, but for many people it doesn't get much better than standing on the cliffs above the Pacific ocean on a warm evening, watching the sun go down with a glass of Pinot Noir in hand. If that sortShow More Summary
I love New Zealand Pinot Noir. When I was beginning my journey into wine, back in the early 1990s, it was a Kiwi Pinot that first switched me on to this wonderful variety. I was hooked by the heartbreak grape. As last year’s Pinot Noir 2013 event demonstrated, there’s an awful lot of really good [...]
If you think of buttery-slick popcorn-flavored wine rocking 15% ABV when you think of California Chardonnay, and if you think of big-and-boozy vanilla-laced reds when you hear the phrase 'California Pinot Noir', your world just might be turned upside down if you hit up the In Pursuit of Balance tasting in NYC on the evening of February 4th.
Barnett Vineyards' winemaker David Tate will return Jan. 13 to Sullivan's Steakhouse for a five-course wine dinner with six wines. Among the courses are braised beef ravioli with Pinot Noirs, and filet mignon with grilled shrimp and Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain. Show More Summary
I like this. It’s a German Pinot Noir in a modern, almost New World mould. I’ve had some good German Pinots in the past, but the best ones have been really expensive. And many have had a green herbal/sweet fruit combination that has been a tiny bit sickly, and has stopped them being serious. Now [...]