Above: Nebbiolo grapes in Barolo township (photo taken August 22, 2015).
With an increase of 10 per cent over last year’s harvest, Italy is expected to surpass France in the volume of wine produced in the 2015 vintage.
For years the meme has been out there that California wine is getting bigger, badder and bolder—wine on steroids. Some critics decry this, which is their right; but consumers by and large do tend to favor this riper, fruitier style. But why is this happening? Is it really the …read more
You’ll see pretty instantly how Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine is different the moment you open it. It’s completely visual. The book’s organization is a little bit different too, instead of going by region, we organized it by style (there’s a Sparkling wine section, a Light-Bodied White …read more
On Saturday, I was invited to take part in a very special virtual tasting – the debut of the 2011 The Oracle from Miner Wines. Those of us who were lucky enough to be included were delivered a black box. Inside was the bottle of new vintage, …read more
Today’s installment of “Leaders and Liters,” our series on world leaders and the wines they drink, features an unusual figure: Vladimir Putin, purported teetotaler. His partner in what seems like a buddy flick was none other than Silvio Berlusconi who is certainly no teetotaler, instead known for his bunga bunga …read more
So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and …read more
You want wisdom in wine words? Consider these: “In many centers of wine hipness these days, what matters is not how a wine tastes and how the associated sensory memories make you feel, but instead the social source of pleasure derived from tasting—and professing to like—a much ballyhooed wine …read more
With autumn’s beginning, Italian winemakers are now home from the beach and the mountains, and busy working in their wineries. Gone are the long dreamy days listening to the lap of the sea. Faint are the memories of lunch that went from 1:00 until 4:00 PM, and which included a …read more
Patrick Cappiello, voted the superhottest somm of 2014 and shaping up to be a finalist for 2015, tasted some box wine on camera. As you might imagine, there is lots of gagging and spitting (one named Vella Burgundy scores an F with notes of raisin …read more
Have you ever sat down at at wine bar and thought, “Man, I’d really love a glass of vielles vignes ’13!” Never mind what grape variety the vielles vignes are yielding. Nor where they are grown. Nor who presided over that growth and subsequent fermentation and maturation. Just a straight …read more
Wine Review: 2012 Hedges Family Estate ‘Descendants Liegeois Dupont’ Cuvee Marcel Dupont Syrah, Red Mountain, USA With a title like that, this wine from Hedges has a lot to live up to. Wow, from the first aromas to the last drop from the now empty bottle, this wine was straight-up …read more
During a tour through Crimea by Russian president/leader-for-life Vladimir Putin and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi (who all British press add “disgraced” to the beginning of) they apparently drank a very rare bottle of 1775 Jerez de la Frontera Sherry. This has in turned sparked the ire …read more
From a wine drinker’s perspective Germany has a lot more to offer than pints of lager. The country is already famous for their sweet white wines; from the “low-bräu” liebfraumilch to the coveted Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling(some are as high as $3k per half-bottle!). But there’s a savory side …read more
I was really looking forward to our first Chardonnay tasting yesterday, after a half-year of exploring Pinot Noir. Although Pinot is inherently a better, more complex variety than Chardonnay—at least, in California, IMHO—the latter is the most important variety and wine in our state, and across America, and the …read more