Matt Walls explores the pros and cons of blind tasting on Tim Atkin’s site. “There are some undeniable benefits to blind tasting…Blind tasting does have its drawbacks however. The most irritating – but least discussed – downside is the unpalatable fact that wine doesn’t always behave the way it’s meant to. (If this weren’t a fact, there’d be far fewer wine merchants around selling disappointing Burgundy.) Some wines show inexplicably well on the day of tasting; others show peculiarly badly.”
In Vox, Rachel Sugar reports on what causes “wine teeth,” and why it is not distributed equally among the population. “Is it that straightforward? No, of course not, this is wine we’re talking about; the nuances are endless, we could be here for the rest of our short lives.”
In PUNCH, Jon Bonné highlights his essential wines of 2018. “Today, we’re entering a different kind of precarious territory, where a jaunty tale and a meme-worthy label seem to be all it takes to deem a wine awesome. Taste is now a much harder conversation to have than it used to be. What I mean is that quality still matters—maybe more than ever—and that more than anything it is what unifies the wines in the 2018 edition of our Hot 25.”
Neal Martin also picks his wines of the year in Vinous.
In the Chicago Tribune, Joseph Hernandez introduces his new wine column. “As I undertake this wine column, it is my sincere hope that I can get you to stop apologizing for not knowing about wine. To help you trust your own palate, your own gut. That’s more important than my opinion, any day.”
The VinePair staff puts together a list of the 10 best wine shops nationwide.
In Wine Enthusiast, Sean P. Sullivan explores the diversity of Washington wine.
December 17, 2018
Rain and cooler temperatures arrived just in time to produce balanced wines
Washington withstands the heat
To the north, 2018 delivered a kind growing season for Washington vintners. “The first surprise was how long it lasted,” said Mike Januik, winemaker at Novelty Hill and Januik wineries. “But it was a great vintage overall.”
As in Oregon, Washington experienced a warm growing season, but one balanced by moderate weather as harvest approached. “It was a hot start to the vintage and for a while we thought it would be the hottest on record,” said Juan Muñoz-Oca, head winemaker at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.
“In June we had very nice weather, and then it got hot all of July and most of August,” said Cayuse winemaker Christophe Baron.
Just before Labor Day, a brief rain shower moved through the state. It brought a breath of cooler air that lasted through much of September and October. “The weather was just perfect,” said Muñoz-Oca. “It was warm, but not hot, during the day and really cold at night.” Read the entire article on Wine Spectator
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Woodinville Wine Country was mentioned in the December issue (page 101) as part of the story “Great Northwest.” Woodinville was mentioned as a wine country counterpart to Eastern Washington, highlighted for its local tasting rooms.
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Opus One is suing its coopers over tainted barrels for close to half a million dollars, reports Liza B. Zimmerman in Wine-Searcher. “The sum includes the cost of lost wine because of TCA taint and testing expenses for the wines in barrel, which are likely to have been high with 10 barrels in question and some previous issues with barrels provided by the same coopers and barrel makers in 2016.”
Is Provence rosé under threat? In Meininger’s, Elizabeth Gabay investigates. “Provence cannot easily make more rosé, as almost all its production is already rosé. Producers are responding by making higher-quality, higher-priced rosés, moving upmarket.”
“The Van Duzer Corridor AVA in Oregon’s Willamette Valley has been officially approved by the TTB,” reports Elaine Chukan Brown on JancisRobinson.com.
In SevenFifty Daily, Paul Adams examines the science of bubbles in wine, and their influence on mouthfeel, flavor, and aroma.
“What I want to say is this: ignore anyone telling you not to taste and drink vintage Port in extreme youth. You should. There’s no other wine pleasure quite like this. By all means store it until “full maturity” if you wish, and appreciate it in a state of subtle, graceful and polite refinement, unwrinkled by time. That’s a pleasure, too.” Andrew Jefford explores the pleasures of drinking port in its youth in Decanter.
In Forbes, Lauren Mowery talks to sommelier Emma Farrelly of Perth, Australia, Gourmet Traveller’s Sommelier of the Year 2019.
Elsewhere in Forbes, Brah Japhe talks to Gerard Bertrand about biodynamic wines.
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