You take a guy who seeks the obscure, frowns at the mass-produced and balks at obvious fruit. You throw this guy a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau. You know he's gonna hate it, you're just in the game to see whether his put-down will be entertaining.
As some of you know, I just returned from about two weeks spent in Turkey, during which time I wandered around some vineyards, floated above a few more in a hot air balloon at sunrise, and attended the European Wine Bloggers Conference.
THE story of Australia's wine consumption over the past five years has been dominated by the Kiwi-led invasion of foreign imports, and generic label wines, like cleanskins, that have thrived amid the wine glut.
Last week I touched on "balance" as a word that's become increasingly polemical, particularly in California, where the growing movement toward lower-alcohol wines has been branded as a movement toward balance.
It is now official: Wine Spectator's 2012 Wine of Year is Napa Valley's 2008 Relentless from Shafer Vineyards, a Rhone-inspired blend of Syrah & Petite Sirah. A very nice wine and a great wine estate that deserves this much sought-after position.
In the Ace Hotel’s dimly-lit, black- walled basement, a small wine revolution is going on. Four hundred people are eagerly lining up to sample long out-of- fashion sherries, which have been on a downward hipness spiral for decades.
Harvest. For winemakers, no other word is loaded with so much potential and anticipation. After a long growing season of endless work in the vineyards, harvest means pencils down, time's up. And no matter how hard you have labored all year, at the end of the day, nature usually has the last word.
On a trip last year to the Sierra foothills, I noticed a bundle of budwood sticks sitting outside Ron Mansfield's office. Except, of course, that Placerville and nearby Camino have become ground zero for this particular grape in California.
Right around now, people start thinking about which wines to serve with the bird. First, don’t wait until the last minute unless you like lines. The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for wine shops.