Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/24/20


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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 pretty rosés from Oregon and California. The first, from Argyle winery has a nice savory quality. The second, from relative newcomer Minus Tide Wines in Mendocino, is a really lovely rendition of Carignan in pink form that is just mouthwatering and just what you want to be drinking on a warm afternoon.

Minus Tide also offered a Pinot this week from Mendocino Ridge, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This wine wasn’t quite as pitch perfect as the rosé, but it did some some very nice qualities, chief among which was a nice forest-floor quality.

I’ve reviewed some other wines from Eden Rift recently, but this week I’m featuring their …

Williams Selyem Terra del Promissio Pinot Noir Bottle

Vinography Images: Intersecting Planes


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Intersecting Planes
SANTA MARIA, CA: Hillside Pinot Noir vineyards along the Tepusquet Bench are seemingly on a different plane from the golden, grassy hills seen in the late afternoon light near Santa Maria, California.

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The Reincarnation of Pinot Noir: Adam Lee’s Clarice Project


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If you went looking for a poster child, rags-to-riches wine success story in California, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better candidate than Siduri Wines. In the early 90’s Adam Lee and his wife Diana Novy were just a couple of wine lovers living in Texas. Diana was a farm girl who majored in Marketing. Adam was a History major from a teetotaling Southern Baptist family. Through sheer happenstance, Adam got a job at a wine retailer and rose up through the ranks, and met Diana when he became the wine buyer for Nieman Marcus, where Diana worked. By that time they had both been bitten by the wine bug. So in 1993 Adam and Diana decided that, more than anything, they wanted to make Pinot Noir. They got engaged, moved to Sonoma County, and on the typical shoestring budget of borrowed savings and credit cards, they produced their first …

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/24/20


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Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine 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.

This pandemic, I’m drinking through the souvenir wine I’ve collected since I was 14
Let’s hope she stored it well.

The Best European Wine Regions You’ve Never Heard Of
Serbia.

Time for US Wine to Follow the EU
Agreed. Except, we don’t as a rule.

Yes, you should stick your nose in the wine glass before you taste it. Here’s why.
Dave McIntyre gives wine tasting 101.

The Gold Standard For An Emerging Sparkling Wine Country And The Couple Behind It
Catherine Todd profiles Nyetimber

‘California Always Delivers’: Why Wine Might Be a Wiser Investment Amid a Volatile Stock Market
Just drink it, …

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/17/20


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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 one of the better renditions of Albariño that I’ve had from California in recent memory. Only about 300 acres of Albariño are planted in California, making it about as common as Grenache Blanc, occupying less than a third of the acres dedicated to Gewürztraminer in the way of another comparison. This variety, which is best known in the racy, lean white wines of northwestern Spain and Portugal, in California often lacks the searing acidity found in its European forbears. I’ve always chalked that up to a combination of the Californian tendency to pick the variety far too late and the grape being planted in inappropriate places. In its arguably most famous …

Vinograpy Images: Half Light


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Half Light
SANTA YNEZ, CA: Shadows lengthen across a vineyard surrounding a lone oak tree near Santa Ynez, California. The Santa Ynez Valley is the largest of Santa Barbara County’s AVAs, with the highest concentration of vineyards. The valley hosts diverse microclimates along its east-west run, ranging from the highly fog-influenced coastal end to the warmer foothills on its eastern end, making it possible for the AVA to grow everything from Pinot Noir to Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Will the Wine Industry Learn the Lessons of the Pandemic?


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As humans, we’re evolutionarily engineered to fear change. And for good reason. It often presages hardship in some form, whether social, emotional, physical, or economic. Certainly, we’re all experiencing both fear and hardship in many ways at this moment, even if (and I count myself among the number of extremely fortunate) we’re simply working from home in our pajamas with a well-stocked kitchen and wine cellar. Watching the economic toll the pandemic takes on the entire economy has been heartbreaking, and in particular its effects on the wine business and hospitality industry.

Where the wine industry is concerned, much has been made of the realities that were forced upon 95% of American wineries almost overnight when tasting rooms, restaurants, wine bars, and retailers all closed their doors to the pandemic. To those of us watching from afar, that was a kneecapper. To those in the industry, it seemed a slash …

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Evolving From Strength to Confidence: The Wines of Jamie Kutch


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I have written about the wines of Jamie Kutch several times here on Vinography. This is due, in part, to the fact that I have closely watched Jamie’s career as a winemaker from the moment it began as merely the dream of a young finance guy in New York who fell in love with Pinot Noir.

“For a long time, we had a schtick. I had my story. It was about lifestyle, a story of me following my dream,” Kutch says at the cluttered kitchen table of his modest San Francisco home where we sat down to talk late last year, not long before the global pandemic set in. “But all along in the back of my mind, I was focused on something more serious than that story. I want to make great wines that can play on the world stage. It’s fine to have a lifestyle narrative, a dream …

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/17/20


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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.

Dewey’s Wines, a new San Francisco label, embraces wines that are ‘a little askew’
Askew for you ain’t necessarily askew for me.

Businessman Mark Dixon’s British Bubbly Bet
The dapper tractor.

Major Wholesalers’ Take On The Current Wine Sales Picture
Liza Zimmerman talks with Dale Stratton.

Millennials are Interested in Wine. Is Napa Interested in Them?
Only if they can afford it.

For Farmers of Wine Grapes, the Pandemic Sows Doubts
Eric talks to those still walking their rows.

The Oldest California Wine Region Grabs Onto New Opportunities
Temecula evolves.

Noma, one of the world’s best restaurants, reopens next week — as …

The Improbable Link Between Hard Seltzer and Wine


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Imagine a story that goes something like this: a young man begins his career and struggles to make it as a spirits importer, selling his favourite bottles out of the trunk of his car. After a long uphill battle through minor and major successes in the spirits business, he decides to get into wine, and within a year or two he has a runaway success – a wine that makes him half a billion dollars and gives him the means to start another wine project that is even more successful, launching him into the ranks of the country’s wealthiest individuals.

Anyone with even the remotest familiarity with the wine industry will know how preposterous such a story would be. Far more fortunes have been lost than have been made so quickly in the world of wine.

Intriguingly, however, something very like this story (substituting wine for spirits) not only proves significantly …

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/10/20


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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 few more new releases from Oregon pioneers in two parts of the state. Let’s start with Sokol Blosser, one of the early outfits in the Willamette Valley, founded by Susan Sokol Blosser in 1971, before most people thought Oregon was even capable of growing grapes. I’ve got three wines to share from them this week, their delicious, zippy estate Chardonnay, their aromatic and bright white blend of Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris, and finally their Hyland Vineyard Pinot Noir. All are worth seeking out.

Abacela is the second Oregon Pioneer to talk about this week, having been one of early wineries in Southern Oregon and the first to plant Tempranillo, …

Vinography Images: In The Thick of It


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In The Thick of It
LOMPOC, CA: A thick cover crop at Melville Winery gets mowed near Lompoc, California. Cover crops protect from erosion, add nutrients to the soil, and attract beneficial insects and other fauna that keep vines healthy and deal with unwanted pests.

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What Wine Tasting Rooms Will Be Like For the Foreseeable Future


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No one knows for certain when Wine Country will open back up in California. As wine tourism represents more than $7 billion of the California economy and employs more than 375,000 people, it’s clearly high on the list of things to get re-started once the government has decided to loosen the current shelter-in place restrictions. California governor Gavin Newsom has indicated that the re-opening of businesses will move in phases, but the details of those phases are not concrete beyond the suggestion that Phase One will include reopening of some retail businesses that can offer takeout and/or curbside delivery.

Wine Country tasting rooms don’t quite fit that description. However, in addition to the statewide plan and guidance being provided by the Governor, individual counties are developing their own plans, and at least one of them, San Luis Obispo county, has suggested that opening winery tasting rooms would be included in …

A lone table set out in a field.
Image of a woman's feet up on a wall overlooking a vineyard.

Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 5/10/20


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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.

Re-usable Nanoparticles the Secret to Clear White Wine
Can’t I have my own, private nanoparticles?

Over 250 Million Bottles’ Worth of French Wine Will Be Distilled into Industrial Alcohol
A bit more than a drop in the bucket.

Epidemic causes big setback to imported wine business
From the Chinese importer’s point of view.

Will the coronavirus destroy smallest wineries?
Great feature on the hardships of the pandemic.

New Motherhood While Working In Wine: An Update During COVID-19
As if it weren’t hard enough on its own.

Tracking the Great Lockdown Wine Boom
Don Kavanaugh has some numbers to share.

Wine struggles to …

I’ll Drink to That: Wine Educator and Sommelier Kevin Zraly


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Episode 480 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Kevin Zraly. Kevin is the former Cellar Master of the Windows on the World, the restaurant that was once on the top floors of the North Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center. He also wrote the book Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, and co-authored Red Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties and Styles.

A kid who has never seen a wine bottle in his own home becomes intrigued by the subject and goes all in, studying every detail he can and planning out long trips to wine country despite limited funds. He finds he has a gift for teaching about wine and getting other people excited about it. He is in the right place at the right time and lands a deam job at a young age, …

I’ll Drink to That: Wine Educator and Sommelier Kevin Zraly


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Episode 480 of I’ll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Kevin Zraly. Kevin is the former Cellar Master of the Windows on the World, the restaurant that was once on the top floors of the North Tower of New York City’s World Trade Center. He also wrote the book Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, and co-authored Red Wine: The Comprehensive Guide to the 50 Essential Varieties and Styles.

A kid who has never seen a wine bottle in his own home becomes intrigued by the subject and goes all in, studying every detail he can and planning out long trips to wine country despite limited funds. He finds he has a gift for teaching about wine and getting other people excited about it. He is in the right place at the right time and lands a deam job at a young age, …

Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/3/20


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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 number of interesting wines.

Let’s begin with the second vintage from a project called Monte Rio Cellars, which is one of the newest enterprises by New York superstar sommelier Patrick Cappiello. After many years on the floor, Patrick has refocused his time on wine projects and makes Monte Rio Cellars wines in a shared facility owned by Pax Mahle in Sonoma County, which was recently profiled in the New York Times.

A guy who has won nearly every award and accolade available as a sommelier could easily have shown up in Napa and begun a $200-a-bottle Cabernet project or a $80 Pinot Noir label. But Cappiello had something else in …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 5/3/20


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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 number of interesting wines.

Let’s begin with the second vintage from a project called Monte Rio Cellars, which is one of the newest enterprises by New York superstar sommelier Patrick Cappiello. After many years on the floor, Patrick has refocused his time on wine projects and makes Monte Rio Cellars wines in a shared facility owned by Pax Mahle in Sonoma County, which was recently profiled in the New York Times.

A guy who has won nearly every award and accolade available as a sommelier could easily have shown up in Napa and begun a $200-a-bottle Cabernet project or a $80 Pinot Noir label. But Cappiello had something else in …

bottle of Sokol Blosser rose
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Vinography Images: Spring Maintenance


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Spring Maintenance
LOMPOC, CA: Pinot Noir grapevines in the Sta. Rita Hills coming back to life in the spring are tended by workers amidst bountiful spring growth between the rows near Lompoc, California. The COVID-19 pandemic has added complications to the already difficult work of vineyard maintenance and management as wineries attempt to manage the safety of their workers.

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Vinography Images: Spring Maintenance


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Spring Maintenance
LOMPOC, CA: Pinot Noir grapevines in the Sta. Rita Hills coming back to life in the spring are tended by workers amidst bountiful spring growth between the rows near Lompoc, California. The COVID-19 pandemic has added complications to the already difficult work of vineyard maintenance and management as wineries attempt to manage the safety of their workers.

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