The more things change…

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

 

The latest buzz spreading through the on-line wine microcosm is the recent musical chairs over at The Wine Advocate: Robert M Parker Jr. will no longer review and rate current California wine releases (to the joy or consternation of some). Instead, Antonio Galloni will now review… Italy, Champagne, Chablis, Côte d’Or and…….. (deep breath)… California (to the joy, puzzlement or consternation of some)

How can one taster be proficient in all those regions? (more…)

Thoughts on “House Style”

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

 

Norm Beko. From: Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery

Norm Beko. From: Cottonwood Canyon Vineyard & Winery

There are those wine brands whose “House Style” – a unique and distinctive common stylistic thread – is present in all their wines. In the Central Coast, and Santa Barbara County in particular, there are a few producers who fit in this category.

There is the unabashedly Californian ripeness of Paul Lato and Joey Tensley‘s wines, the high-octane styling of Consilience‘s Brett Escalera and the powerful compositions of Greg Brewer‘s wines and the dazzling elegance of Dragonette wines. (more…)


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