Mt Etna, Sicily, Italy. 60% Grecanico Dorato (more commonly known as Garganega) and 40% Carricante. Ardea seal. 13%.
A known unknown. . . a meticulous orange wine with absolutely no additions - nothing in the vineyard and nothing in the winery. Pure, clean, distinctly other. . . Musk and aniseed, perfumed, savoury and spiced like a traminer might be. . . Salty, nutty and gripping. . . textured and tannic; satisfyingly difficult.
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 wide range of interesting wines. Let's start with a couple of Napa Sauvignon Blancs, most notable of which was the Mondavi Reserve Fume Blanc which is the winery's oak aged Sauvignon Blanc from their To Kalon vineyard. This year the wine has more Semillon than normal, lending the wine a wonderful lemony aspect that I really enjoyed.
I got a nice Riesling from Germany this week from the venerable Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau, and it proved a classic example of the form, with a couple of years on it to add a bit more aromatic complexity.
As long as I'm talking Germany, let me bring your attention to the ...
On Mother’s Day, I wrote about Champagne. For Father’s Day, the subject is Port. Who gets the better deal is up to you to decide, if such a decision is even necessary. Personally, I’ll take Champagne before dinner and Port after.
Port, made in Portugal’s Douro Valley, is a fortified wine, that is, fermentation is stopped with the addition of brandy or neutral grape spirits to the tanks or vats, leaving the wine with some (usually well-balanced) sweetness and an alcohol content of 19 or 20 percent. Young ports, especially fledgling vintage ports, can be powerful, fiery and tannic; old tawny ports lean toward mellow and ethereal. Port wines occur in many categories, some types fairly arcane, but the principle kinds are Ruby, Reserve, Late-Bottled Vintage, Vintage Port and Tawny. Ruby Ports are the youngest, the freshest and most fruity, typically aged in vats for two or three years. Reserve ...
Sun, Storm, Moon
MARGAUX, FRANCE: The light of the setting sun illuminates passing storm clouds and the full moon over the vineyards 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.
Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops.
To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these.
BUY THE BOOK:
This image is from a series ...
2010 Spater-Veit Spatburgunder # 1 - NSG Grit, Grip and Structure - The Elegance, Finesse and Head Spinning Aromas of Vosne-Romanee - Ridiculous Floral and Fruity Nose - Ripe, Concentrated Yet Elegant, Fresh Palate - Their Top Wine (for $32.99) - Only Sold to Rich Germans and Me 2015 Spater-Veit Rotwein - A Big Fat Kiss of Pinot Noir - $17.99 Each on 4 Plus Case Pricing (Party Wine) - Delicious Fruit, Amazing Freshness - What You Want After a Bad Day
I think that Niklas Welter might be the greatest red wine talent in Germany that no one knows about.
It's because his estate, Spater-Veit is famous for its fantastic Rieslings from Piesport. But the people in the know know that German Pinot Noir is the biggest thing going now and the value is ridiculous as not many people are making high quality German Pinot Noir. But ...
Exploring terroir can be a bit of a mystery — what can we experience of place in a sip of wine? Because we are all unique and our senses explore the world based on our own personal motherboard of programming, there isn’t a definition of terroir’s translation to taste. That’s a good thing, but curious minds relish the chance to test and explore and this month I got an irresistible opportunity to examine Alsatian Riesling from four soils — the same variety and the same slice of the world, but different land composition.
A Bit On Alsace
Alsace is located in the northeast corner of France and threads along the Rhine river. The Route des Vins d’Alsace leads wine lovers through over 100 villages frosted with charming timber homes and buildings. The Vosges Mountains create an additional layer of appeal: beautiful, ...
Orfila Vineyards & Winery in California offers spectacular views!
Warm weather encourages wineries to offer more fun events. With Father’s Day this Sunday, many wineries are offering special ways for Fathers to celebrate. Several special events for this weekend are listed below.
If you can’t visit one of these wineries, call your neighborhood winery and discover what specials they are offering for Father’s Day!
Saturday, June 16Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland Event: Live Music by California Bob Website InfoDuplin Winery, North Carolina Event: Live Music: Mykel Barbee Website InfoPotomac Point Vineyard & Winery, VA Event: Sipping Under the Stars-Wonder Woman Website InfoReustle Prayer Rock Vineyards, Oregon Event: Port & Cigar Appreciation Website InfoThe Winery at Perennial Vineyards, Ohio Event: Live Music Website InfoSunday, June 17Catoctin Breeze Vineyard, Maryland Event: Father’s Day Celebration Website InfoEffingham Manor, Virginia Event: Father’s Day – King for Day ...
Working with wine is a dream career for many—beautiful vineyards, happy customers, daily variety and, well…the wine. While it’s not easy work, it is rewarding and you may be surprised to discover the scope of potential career paths leading into the wine world.
Kevin Morrisey, the winemaker at Ehlers Estate in St. Helena, put a decade into a career in film before deciding, at the age of 35, that he wanted to work in wine. He placed all the right pieces—a degree in enology from UC Davis followed by an internship at Château Petrus in Bordeaux—and the career move paid off, enabling to him to craft high-quality organic wines in the Napa Valley. “It’s a privilege to come to work and practice what you preach,” says Morrisey.
Morrisey is an impressive example, but not every shift requires ...
Sylvaine et Alain Normand Macon La Roche-Vineuse Vieilles Vignes 2014, Burgundy, France (£14.83 Vino Beano) Great value Burgundy that offers a satisfying mix of richness and restraint, with generous, deep and almost creamy pear, apple and tinned plum flavours offset by a savoury tang and a seam of citrus freshness which leaves your mouth cleansed […]
If you are a fan of Brewery Ommegang'sThree Philosophers blended beer then you would be interested to know that the Cooperstown New York brewery has launched Blenderie Ommegang, a project focused entirely on very small-batch blended beers. Since the 2002 release of Three Philosophers, the brewery has released other blended beers using combinations of barrel-aged dubbels or two very different saisons or even a mix of stainless steel-aged lactic sours such as in the Pale Sour. According to Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart, “with blending, we can create flavors and layers of complexity that are otherwise impossible to achieve".