Vinography Unboxed: Week of 3/10/19

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 a bunch of fun wines from near and far.

Starting on the white side of the spectrum, the Anaba Viognier is a very crisp and tasty rendition of a grape variety that is much abused in California, often made as an unctuous, bitter, peach-flavored syrup rather than the crisp and fruity wine it could be. This one has all the acidity it needs to escape that trap.

Speaking of escaping from a trap, the Airfield Estate's "Donald" Chardonnay successfully avoided over-oaking its Chardonnay, much to my delight, and the delight of those who prefer their Chardonnays taste like fruit instead of wood.

Moving on to the reds, I've got a few of those from Anaba, from their Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to their GSM red blend, to their dark Syrah from Sonoma's Moon Mountain District. I think my favorites are their Turbine Red, which is always a good value, and their Pinot Noir, though it leans slightly candied in this rendition. All are well made and worth seeking out.

I've also got a trio from Nina Buty in Washington state this week, all different red blends at which Buty excels. My favorite I think was the Rockgarden Estate, which was a lithe and surprisingly delicate version of Mourvedre, Grenache and Syrah that begged for a slight chill before downing half a bottle over the course of a warm afternoon.

From farther afield, I've got two Marchesi di Frescobaldi wines this week, their old vines Chianti Rufino and their Castelgiocondo Brunello, both nicely composed interpretations of Sangiovese that are aging beautifully.

Finally, I've got a couple more wines from Atlas Peak superstar Acumen wines -- their flagship "Peak" bottling, and their less expensive "Mountainside" bottling. Both utterly delicious, slightly lower alcohol Cabernets made with finesse and restraint. Go get 'em!

Notes on all these wines below.

2017 Anaba Wines "Landa Vineyard" Viognier, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California
Palest gold in color, this wine smells of peaches, apricots and a hint of white flowers. In the mouth, bright flavors of apricot mix with a hint of orange peel and lemon pith. Excellent acidity keeps the wine fresh, and well away from the unctuousness that can mark poorly made versions of this grape. Tasty and bright. 14.2% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $32. click to buy.

2017 Airfield Estates "Donald" Chardonnay, Yakima Valley, Washington
Light gold in the glass, this wine smells of buttered popcorn and lemon curd. In the mouth, juicy lemon curd and grapefruit zest flavors have a shiny Vinography Unboxed: Week of 3/10/19brightness to them thanks to excellent acidity. There's a faint buttered popcorn note on the finish, but other than that and the silky texture, the use of wood is subdued here. Delicious. 13.6% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $40.

2016 Anaba Wines Pinot Nor, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California
Light to medium garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cedar and cranberries. In the mouth sweet oak and candied raspberry flavors have a nice brightness to them thanks to excellent acidity. Hints of cedar and a touch of candied citrus linger in the finish with cotton-ball textured tannins. Tasty, if a bit flashy for my taste. 13.8% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $42. click to buy.

2016 Anaba Wines "Turbine Red" Red Blend, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California
Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of black cherry and a touch of cedar. In the mouth, rich black cherry flavors are draped in a fleecy blanket of tannins as darker earth flavors emerge through the fruit. Excellent acidity and nice balance. 45% Syrah, 41% Grenache, 9% Mourvedre and 5% Petite Sirah. 14.3% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $36. click to buy.

2015 Buty Winery "Columbia Rediviva - Phinny Hill Vineyard" Red Blend, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherry and tobacco and earth. In the mouth, black cherry and cola have a spicy kick to them, as well as a deep rumbling earthy bass note. Excellent acidity, with tight tannins and a hint of green herbs in the finish. A blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Syrah. 14.3% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $50. click to buy.

2015 Buty Winery "Redeviva of the Stones" Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of cherry and forest floor. In the mouth, cherry and a deep spicy earth character mix together under a gauzy blanket of tannins. Good acidity, but the wine has a narrowness of flavor that may need some time to relax. A blend of 19% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Mourvedre and 78% Syrah. 14.6% alcohol. Score: around 8.5. Cost: $60. click to buy.

2016 Buty Winery "Rockgarden Estate" Red Blend, Walla Walla Valley, Washington
Medium garnet in color, this wine smells of cherry and cocoa powder and blackberries. In the mouth, a nice mix of cherry and blackberry flavors has a wonderful brightness to it thanks to excellent acidity. Bouncy and buoyant, the fruit careens about the tongue under a gauzy skein of tannins. Delicious and gulpable. 75% Mourvedre, 17% Grenache and 10% Syrah. 13% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $48. click to buy.

2013 Marchese di Frescobaldi "CastelGiocondo" Brunello di Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy
Medium ruby in the glass, this wine smells of leather and cherry and mulling spices. In the mouth, cherry, sandalwood, incense and dried flowers have a juicy brightness thanks to fantastic acidity. Tight, muscular tannins are fine grained and give the wine great structure and poise. A hint of bitter orange and herbs lingers in the finish. 14.5% alcohol. Score: around 9. Cost: $60. click to buy.

2013 Marchese di Frescobaldi "Nipozzano Vecchie Viti Riserva" Chianti Rufina, Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
Medium to dark ruby in the glass with just a hint of purple, this wine smells of raisins and black cherries and a touch of flowers. In the mouth, juicy cherry and black cherry flavors have a nice herbal undertone to them and are bursting with acidity and freshness. There's a nice cool mineral quality that lingers in the finish with the faintest hint of tannin and orange peel. 13.5% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $25. click to buy.

2015 Acumen "Peak" Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa, California
Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of cherry and dark-chocolate-covered almonds. In the mouth, cherry and tobacco and cola flavors are draped in a heavy blanket of suede tannins. Excellent acidity and a nice deep fruit depth. Will reward a few years in the cellar. 13.9% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $150. click to buy.

2015 Acumen "Mountainside" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Napa, California
Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of sweet cherry and vanilla. In the mouth, bright and juicy cherry flavors have fantastic energy thanks to excellent acidity. Muscular, powdery tannins coat the mouth, as the pure fruit soars across the palate. 13.9% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $65. click to buy.

2016 Anaba Wines "Bismark" Syrah, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma, California
Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of crushed peppercorns and cassis with a hint of violets. In the mouth, black cherry and cassis have a peppercorn spiciness to them that turns slightly bitter towards the finish. Good acidity and taut, slightly muscular tannins. 14.9% alcohol. Score: around 8.5. Cost: $48.



Vinography Images: Monument to the Wind

Monument to the Wind
GIRONDE, FRANCE: The estate's iconic windmill stands watch over the vines at Chateau Ausone in Gironde on Bordeaux's Right Bank near Saint-Émilion. Ausone is one of only 4 wines classified as Premier Grand Cru Classé in the Saint-Émilion classification.

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/10/19


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 muck for the week.

Al Gore tells wine industry to act on 'global emergency' of climate change
I don't think they need to be told twice.

Are native grape varieties the key to Japan's burgeoning wine industry?
I'm not sold on Muscat Bailey A, Melinda Joe.

The Man Who Invented Napa Cab
Blake Gray profiles John Shafer.

How Having Just 2 Alcoholic Drinks Affects Your Sleep, According To Science
Easy to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep.

This Mexican winery is rescuing heritage grapevines and revolutionizing 'naked' wines on the border
They are definitely on trend for America.

Leaving It All Behind for the Love of Nebbiolo
And it shall be called... Sparkletown. Right on.

English vignerons on frost alert
Warmer weather followed by chill means danger.

Dunne on Wine: Randy Caparoso gets to the root of what distinguishes Lodi
Mike Dunne interviews the region's champion.

Climate change leaving Beaujolais in fear of being priced out of the market by cereal and milk
And the award for misleading headlines goes to...

Why 4 women - not the men - are Hong Kong's 'masters of wine'
Damn straight, ladies.

How Producers Dial In the Right Shade of Pink for Rosé
And it's so much better than it used to be.

After Local Outcry, a Harvard-Owned Vineyard Project Faces Environmental Review
Don't steal our water!

Watch Al Gore's address to the Climate Change Leadership Conference in Porto
At least the first 10 minutes of it. Including his lauding of Pancho Campo ! Not hugely substantial.

English wine - in a hole over nomenclature?
Jancis says everyone should just agree on something.

Napa Plan Denounced as "Land Grab"
This is ridiculous. 

Porto Conference: Wine is the Canary in the Coal Mine
I don't think Tuvalu agrees.

Suertes del Marques, an amazing winegrower in Tenerife, Spain
A nice profile with lots of tasting notes.

Raphaël Bartucci - The Humble Star of Cerdon
Wink Lorch begins her profiles of the Savoie.

Dom Pérignon's Richard Geoffroy says acidity is not key to ageability in champagne
Dry extract instead...?

So you think you want to import Italian wine?
Alfonso does a reality check.

The LeBron Factor: Who Drives Wine Trends Today
The era of Instagram

How Wine Businesses Are Using Emerging Technologies
Shana Clarke reports from VinExpo.

Measuring the body's response to aromas in wine
Fascinating stuff.

South Africa's Winemakers Open a New Frontier in the Dragon Mountains
What a name for a region!

Why are sommeliers so influential?
Robert Joseph has got a pin to sell you.

The Noble Art of Wine Pretension
Musings by Oliver Styles

Napa Valley Vintner John R. Shafer Dies at Age 94
Another pioneer gone.

Beyond glyphosate: French vineyards shift away from controversial weedkiller
As everyone should.



Vinography Unboxed: Week of 3/3/19

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 a couple of supremely good Napa Cabernets.

Let's start with the Spottswoode Lyndenhurst, which is that small estate's "second label" wine -- less expensive and generally a little more open and accessible upon release than the estate's flagship Cabernet. But don't let that lull you into thinking it's a frivolous bottling. This is serious and seriously good Cabernet. While we're talking Spottswoode, they also sent through their Sauvignon Blanc, which is a blend of fruit from Napa and Sonoma Counties, and pretty much everything you want a California Sauvignon Blanc to be, but without the surfeit of oak that often accompanies such wines. It's fantastic.

Speaking of fantastic, I continue to be extremely impressed with the wines from Acumen, in particular their single vineyard bottlings of which this Attelas Vineyard is my favorite. Made up on Atlas Peak, these wines are beginning to set a standard for that Vinography Unboxed: Week of 3/3/19AVA in a big way.

Moving on to some other reds, I've got two from the Symington Family in Portugal, who own the Quinta do Ataíde, where they make dry red wines from the steep hillsides of the Douro. One is almost entirely Touriga Nacional, while the other is a blend of the traditional grapes grown in that region. Both are worth seeking out, especially given their prices.

Lastly, I've got two wines from Washington state. One from Nina Buty and her eponymous winery -- a single-vineyard red blend of Cabernet and Syrah, and the other a Merlot from 14 Hands in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Both are tasty examples of what Washington has to offer.

Notes on all these wines below.

2013 Marchese di Frescobaldi "Montesodi" Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy
Medium to dark ruby in color, this wine smells of cherry and leather and dried flowers. In the mouth, wonderfully juicy cherry and leather and sandalwood flavors have a nice stony bass note beneath them. Excellent acidity, and lightly leathery tannins. A touch of citrus in the finish. 13.5% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $45. click to buy.

2017 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc, California
Palest gold in color, this wine smells of candied green apple and honeysuckle. In the mouth, electrically bright green apple and kiwi flavors are shot through with lime juice and honeysuckle. Fantastic acidity and a nice floral note linger through the finish. Delicious. 14.3% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $42. click to buy.

2015 Quinta do Ataíde "Vinho do Arco" Touriga Nacional, Douro, Portugal
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of mulberry and blackberry fruit with a hint of bergamot. In the mouth, juicy, bouncy flavors of mulberry and cherry and plum have a nice earthy dryness to them. Powdery tannins coat the mouth and linger with a striking hint of mineral dust in the finish. 14.5% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $ . click to buy.

2015 Quinta do Ataíde "Vinho do Arco" Red Blend, Douro, Portugal
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of black cherry and blackberry fruit. In the mouth, blackberry flavors mix with chopped herbs and a darker, stony earthiness. The fruit leans a bit towards the raisined end of the spectrum, and indeed, flavors of chocolate covered raisins linger in the finish. Powdery, but muscular tannins. 14.5% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $ . click to buy.

2015 Spottswoode "Lyndenhurst" Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Napa, California
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of rich, ripe cherry fruit and exotic flowers. In the mouth, juicy cherry and cola flavors have a mouthwatering complexion, with excellent acidity, fine grained tannins, and wonderful earthy notes that linger with a touch of licorice in the finish. 14.4% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $85. click to buy.

2015 Acumen "Peak - Attelas Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak, Napa, California
Dark garnet in color, this wine smells of sweet cherry and flowers. In the mouth, gorgeously bright cherry and tobacco and cola flavors are nestled into a suede-glove of tannins, which slowly closes its fist as the sweet fruit lingers on the palate. Fantastic acidity and balance. 13.9% alcohol. Score: around 9.5. Cost: $ . click to buy.

2016 Buty Winery "Connor Lee Vineyard" Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of wet earth and dark fruit. In the mouth, plum and green herbs mix with a touch of crushed nuts and earth. Excellent acidity and a remarkable green olive note in the finish round out a surprisingly savory wine. A blend of 59% Merlot and 41% Cabernet Franc. 14.2% alcohol. Score: between 8.5 and 9. Cost: $45. click to buy.

2015 14 Hands "The Reserve" Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington
Dark garnet in the glass, this wine smells of a bit of barnyard and struck match. In the mouth, plummy, cherry flavors mix with espresso notes and a touch of herbal bitterness that creeps into the finish. Good acidity. 14.9% alcohol. 794 cases produced. Score: around 8.5. Cost: $35. click to buy.



Howell Mountain Bud Break Tasting: March 23, San Francisco

Regular readers know that I'm in the habit of plugging public wine tasting events for the sole reason that they are among the best ways to learn. Educating your palate through the comparative tasting of 40, 50, or 70 wines over the course of several hours has no equal when it comes to helping you put your finger on a grape variety, a region, or a style of winemaking.

Perhaps the most helpful of such tastings are those that provide a large number of wines of a similar type or kind. Most of the time, such tastings are centered around a particular grape variety. Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Rhone varieties -- such tastings abound. Tastings that focus on a narrowly specific place, on the other hand, seem much less common.

And public tastings of a wide variety of producers from one of Napa's most storied appellations? That's rare indeed.

Which is why you should seriously consider attending the upcoming tasting of more than 30 producers who make wine in the Howell Mountain AVA of Napa.

Howell Mountain sits on the eastern side of Napa Valley, north of the palisades that make up Pritchard Hill and the Stag's Leap District. Rising steeply off the valley floor and sitting above the typical level of fog, this hillside growing area has warmer nights and cooler days than the rest of the valley. While it gets more moisture, the soils are also much less fertile, with a higher percentage of rock than the valley floor, resulting in generally drier conditions for the grapes, and therefore less disease pressure. Perhaps too much is sometimes made of so called "mountain fruit" but it is possible to say that the grapes grown on these rolling slopes tend to be slightly higher in acidity, and are often harvested at lower alcohol levels than the grapes on the valley floor.

Howell Mountain plays host to a number of truly excellent producers, many of whom don't have tasting rooms that may be visited by the public. The chance to taste a lot of these wines side by side is a real treat, and one that any Cabernet lover shouldn't miss.

Producers pouring at this event include: Angwin Estate Vineyards, Arkenstone, Black Sears, Bremer Family Winery, CADE Estate Winery, Charles Krug Winery, Cimarossa, Clif Family Winery, Cresta Velia, Haber Family Vineyards, Hindsight Wines, Howell at the Moon Winery, Howell Mountain Vineyards, KrisTodd Vineyards, Ladera Vineyards, Mirror Napa Valley, Moone-Tsai Wines, Notre Vin, Paravel Wines, Pestoni Family Estate Winery, Piña Napa Valley, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Red Cap Vineyards, Red Thread Wines, Retro Cellars, Robert Craig Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards, Seek, Selah Wines and Summit Lake Vineyards & Winery.

2019 Howell Mountain Bud Break Tasting
Saturday, March 23
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Presidio Golden Gate Club
135 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA 94129

Tickets for the event are $75 in advance or $100 at the door. They can be purchased online. My usual tips for such tastings apply: arrive well fed and well hydrated; wear darker clothes to avoid the occasional red wine stain; leave the perfume or cologne off; and spit if you want the event to be more educational than intoxicating.



Vinography Images: A Wave on the Sea

Wave on the Sea
SAINT-ÉMILION, FRANCE: Like a wave perpetually breaking on a sea of surrounding vines, the winery designed by Christian de Portzamparc sits between sky and vineyard at Chateau Cheval Blanc. Cheval Blanc, which means "white horse" in French, is one of only four estates elevated to the rank of Premier Grand Cru Classé in the classification of Saint-Émilion wine.

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I’ll Drink to That: Burgundy Winemaker Pierre Morey

Episode 461 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Pierre Morey, whose family runs Domaine Pierre Morey and the micro-négociant Maison Morey-Blanc, both located in Meursault, within France's Burgundy region.

Over the course of his career Pierre Morey has worked with and farmed an astonishing roster of top white Burgundy vineyards, encompassing the most famous Meursault Premier Crus (Charmes, Genevrières, and Perrieres), Premier Crus in Puligny-Montrachet (Pucelles, Folatières, Combettes, and Clavoillon), and Grand Crus including Bâtard-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet, and Le Montrachet, the last of which Pierre worked with in two different parts. Pierre, whose family runs a domaine producing distinguished wines from a relatively small amount of vineyard holdings they own themselves, gained experience as a sharecropper for Comtes Lafon in Meursault and as regisseur for Domaine Leflaive, and it was through these roles that he found access to some of the most famed vineyards in the world. It is a rare person who has made wine from both the most admired vineyards of Puligny-Montrachet for decades as well as from the most esteemed crus of Meursault for decades, and Pierre Morey is that person. He is also quite humble, reflecting the life experience of someone who remembers when conditions in Burgundy were not always prosperous. This humble personality, combined with reflections and thoughts on some of the best vineyards in the world, makes for a compelling listen. Should you wish to know what it is like to vinify Le Montrachet, listen to what Pierre has to say about it.

Listen to the stream above, or check it out on Apple Podcasts, YouTube, Spotify, or Pandora for your mobile device.

I'll Drink to That is the world's most listened-to wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @leviopenswine



Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 3/3/19


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 muck for the week.

Sonoma County Flooding: How Floods Impact Vineyards During Winter
A nice bit from Jordan with photos.

Let's Talk About Sekt, Baby
Anne Krebiehl wins on headlines alone. 

Erbaluce, where have you been all my life?
Alfonso writes a love letter.

The Next Wave of Sustainability in Wine
Good discussions.

SJP + NZSB = $$$$$
Another celebrity wine. 

How to launch a $3,000 bottle?
Commence eyerolls.

Does the world need Wine Paris?
Who knows. But does Paris need it?

Should the wine industry use gene technology?
Steve Smith on the subject.

Inside the Greek wine industry
A nice primer.

Why You Don't Need Land For A Winery
Someone does....

Geneva set to become 'epicenter of grape research'
Geneva, New York, that is.

Merry Edwards' Next Chapter: A Pioneer for Women in Winemaking Looks Back, and Moves Ahead
What's next for the Queen of Pinot?

Is Wine by the Glass Dead?
Getting too expensive?

Notable First Women in Wine History
Great gals!

Challenging Times Ahead for US Wine
Liza Zimmerman charts the DTC change wave.

Why Wine Lovers Should Visit This Tiny Town in Rural Washington
Lots to love in Walla Walla.

Why is your wine crying? Scientists say shock waves likely play a role
WARNING: Only for physics geeks!

How Climate Change is Affecting Fine Wine
Barron's wants to know.

Is Louisa Smith S.F.'s most radical restaurant wine director?
Is pouring natural wines quietly a radical thing?

What's The Gunk in My Wine?
It's extra vitamins and minerals!

Bitcork digitally disrupts wine distribution model
Interesting business. But can it scale?

What the Wine Industry Understands About Connecting with Consumers
Even Harvard doesn't understand the wine industry.

Two Major Wineries Launched a Global Pact to Fight Climate Change
Excellent news about families with conscience.

At Turley Wine Cellars, Tegan Passalacqua Returns to His Roots
Turley turns out a Cabernet.

The Ever Changing Facets Of South African Wine
Tom Mullen attempts to keep us current.

The Hard Graft of Grapegrowing
A primer on grafting.

We've lost everything': Winemaker heartbroken after watching property explode in flames
Brutal summer down under.

The Danger of Biased Drinking Studies
The anti-alcohol lobby grows insidiously.

It's Time to Pay Attention to the Other Cabernet
Elin McCoy picks her fave Francs.

Inside the Napa Auction That's Become the Davos of Wine Drinking
Robb Report doesn't know how to spell To Kalon.

Solidarity Shattered in Wine Dispute
By any other name it would smell as sweet.

Organic vs. Natural Wine: What's the Difference?
Newsweek attempts to answer the question.

The 2014 Brunello Vintage Overcomes Difficult Conditions
Chilly Tuscany with warm wines.

A Fresh Take On The Gen X Conversation, This Time From Within The Family Winery
Cathy Huyghe interviews the Formans.

The Hills Have Valtellina
Eric Asimov cranes his neck.

The Changing Face of Luxury Wine
Liza Zimmerman watches prices climb.

A Beginner's Guide to the Wines of Veneto
Lauren Mowery pens a primer.

Tracing the Origin Story of Biodynamic Wine
Hanna Wallace digs in the vineyard.

There's No Need To Panic Over Weedkiller In Beer And Wine
Breathe deeply. Remain calm.



Vinography Images: Sentinels in the Mist

Sentinels in the Mist
MARGAUX, FRANCE: Winter-bare trees emerge from the morning mist along a canal on the grounds of Chateau Margaux. Margaux is one of four original Premier Grand Cru classé wines according to the famous 1855 Bordeaux Classification. The estate is located in the commune of Margaux on the left bank of the Garonne estuary in the Médoc region, in the department of Gironde.


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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 2/24/19


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 muck for the week.

Need a scorecard of key players in Napa's land use battles? Here it is
A healthy primer.

How much difference can there be between critics?
A lot.

Washington Grape Growers Witness the Farthest Reaches of "Stupid"
Utterly inane.

The History of Oregon Pinot Noir: The Ken Wright Interview
Back in the day.

Stolo: A Hidden Gem along California's Coastline
R.H. Drexel profiles Stolo.

I love a good Napa Valley cabernet. If only I could afford it.
Few can, these days.

Anson: How is the Bordeaux 2018 vintage shaping up?
Big, bold, tannic, says Jane.

Why a Grape Turns Into a Fireball in a Microwave
Science.

Wine.com Corners the Premium Market
Not sure about that, but they are talking it up.

Old Vines That Still Make Great Wine
Profiles of some of the world's oldest vineyards.

Wine Time: The Chain of Custody from Vineyard to Glass
AKA: who makes money.

Rely on the numbers? Respected Napa consultant thinks it's vital for wineries to survive
Bill talks with Paul Mabray.

Australia Struggles to Go Premium
As do many countries.

Wineries Need Better Customer Experience
Struth, as Shakespeare would say.

Prominent Sonoma County winemaker Merry Edwards sells Sebastopol winery to French champagne maker
Doubling down on CA Pinot.

Wine can be honest and authentic without being "natural"
Ya think?

The Lucky Break That Launched A Wine Revolution
The tale of White Zinfandel.

Lindquist's Long Goodbye to Qupé
AKA, you're fired.

Meet Krista Scruggs, Wine's New Throwback Innovator
Making Vermont wine.

Farewell to the magician of Montalcino
RIP Gianfranco.

Soldera - whom doubt doth not assail
Jancis makes this article free in remembrance.

Austria feels the heat
One hot summer follows another.

Napa Auction Snatches Victory from Defeat
Price per bottle stays strong.

Cambridge triumph in a Real Sport
The annual wine tasting challenge results.