It only takes a few minutes of reading anything about wine for soil to come into play. Whether it’s a long feature on Germany’s Mosel region, or the shelf-talker at Bevmo, experts, sommeliers, and marketers love throwing in tidbits about the ground that makes their wares extra special.
Running a vineyard is like selling real estate: location is everything. That’s not news if you’re an adventurous wine drinker and have discovered that wines from snowy hilltops in Germany taste different from those from sunny California. But ”location” isn’t always simple. In the best and worst climates, from the frozen Finger Lakes to Grecian […]
As Igor, our host form Cantina Santa Maria La Palma, drove me to my hotel from the airport, across the hilly scrub brush and under the palm trees of northwestern Sardinia to the seaside town of Alghero, he ran down the general schedule of my trip. A lot of eating and a lot of wine […]
Someone brings some good Bordeaux to a party. Great. Someone opens said bottle. Even better. Someone starts talking about the differences between the Left Bank and the Right Bank in the Bordeaux region. Reasonably, you grab your glass — after it’s been filled — and jet to the other side of the room. Bordeaux can […]
Assuming everything stays below storm-level force, it’s hard not to love a good wind. Yeah, we said “wind,” as in moving air caused by the meeting of low and high pressure fronts. Seriously, how can we not geek out over wind? It cools us down on a hot day. It gives flags shape and makes […]
Most of us can’t afford most of the wine from Burgundy that’s out there. So yeah, it’s hard to know a ton about it. At least, “know” about it with our mouths. But there’s some talk Burgundy wine prices are starting to level out (see below). And really not all Burgundy is insanely expensive (also […]
A winemaker in Burgundy, France vinifies Pinot Noir from the famous Dijon clone. A winemaker in the Willamette Valley of Oregon does the same. Tasting these wines side by side there are significant differences in quality and structure. Our Oregon winemaker has the same clone planted in two different vineyards a few miles from each […]
Legally speaking, bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S. But we’re not gonna talk about that. We want to know why 95% of national bourbon production takes place in one region in northwestern Kentucky. Not trying to invite the wrath of bourbonites (Kentucky-bound and beyond), but what the hell makes the place so special?
Should grower Champagne matter to you? If you’re a trend chaser, then yes. If you care about hands-on production and that chain of agricultural accountability (think farm-to-table), also yes. If you like Champagne, again, yes. Yes. A thousand times yes. (We just wanted to say that.) But yeah, what matters before you get that ”Farmer […]