Let’s face it: Wine – in its highest fidelity, finest form – is not for everybody.
Everyone has different preferences. Although some investigators seem to conclude that the basis of this is some vastly disparate difference in sensory physiology, I think it is more a mater of the smells and flavors you grew up with and liked and disliked (a function of the brain not the sensory detectors) shaping your preferences as an adult. Read More
Each summer, the wine writing world produces articles about and lists of “picnic wines”, “summer wines”, “poolside wines”, “Labor Day wines”, etc,
I’d like to propose the category of “ice cube wines” as an all-year category.
I use this term to refer to wines that need to be poured over ice cubes because that improves their taste – both through chilling and dilution. Read More
Questions regarding the role and reliability of fermentation without inoculation are going to be with us for quite some time.
Today, on PalatePress.com, Erika Szymanski provides a well done layperson’s overview of the issue. I had the pleasure of editing this piece.
I spent my 40th birthday in Napa with my wife and friends Jeff Miller and his wife Beryl. Besides making the obligate milk route through Napa Valley tasting rooms (if only to stop and shake our heads at the exercises in architectural pompousness that are replica castles and Zoroastrian temples), we made a quick dash into the Suisun Valley AVA where Jeff grows grapes for his wines.
My visit to the Suisun Valley spawned my article published today on PalatePress.com.
In my PalatePress.com article, I touch on what it takes for an AVA to forge its identity. However, I’d like to touch on another ingredient critical to success. Read More
A wine club is a way for wine lovers to get current releases from wineries they like and to experience a broad spectrum of wines – regardless where they live. Many look forward to their periodic shipments. They don’t deserve to be disappointed.
Over the course the past six months or so, we’ve received some wine shipments with flawed wines. I suspect that people making these wines knew they were problematic. Yet, they released them and they were sent out to customers. And that is just a bad business decision. Read More
My recent birthday trip as well as helping edit the article by David Brown currently featured on PalatePress.com, have me thinking about roots.
David argues in his article that a truly unique American (as in the U.S. of A) wine identity hinges on fostering a wine culture based on grape varieties indigenous to the lower 48. In fact, his article concludes with an exhortation to cultivation of more of these varieties and the production of wines from these vines. Read More
In the last month, an insidious piece of proposed legislation has been introduced for discussion in the House of Representatives.
H.R. 5034, the “Comprehensive Alcohol Regulatory Effectiveness Act of 2010” (cynically: “CARE”) is being sold as a Public Safety/Health and State’s Rights bill. It is not. It is an economic power grab by the National Beer Wholesalers and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.
The reason why this bill is important to all wine lovers (and to those who care about Central Coast wines) is that this bill will absolutely kill the small-production wineries which make up a large part of the Central Coast wine landscape. With that will go jobs and economic stability (or what ever semblance of it the Central Coast wine industry currently has). Read More