The news this week that we can expect a world wine drought on the back of 2012’s inclement weather would have obviously brought an initial feeling of dismay to many who like a glass or two of good plonk.
Tablas Creek was the result of a belief on the part of the owners of one of the greatest estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Beaucastel's Perrin Family, and their American importer, Robert Haas of Vineyard Brands, that great Rhone-style wines could be made in California.
Global wine production will slump to the lowest in 37 years after weather damage to grapes from France to Argentina, forcing a draw down of stocks, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said.
Ketan Mody is a sort of modern-day Thoreau. He's 31 and lives in a one-room cabin on the top of Diamond Mountain that he built from the ground up. His sentences are coated in transcendentalist residue, made modern by his Midwestern-tinged California drawl and affection for the f-word.
“The people yesterday were coming here before they went to the grocery store,” said Peters, whose store is on Exchange Street in Lower Manhattan. “You can’t deprive the people of Wall Street of their wine. Wine is more important than water. When we were closed during Hurricane Irene, people were upset they couldn’t get their wine. So you might as well let them make the best of a bad situation.”
Not your typical time off, though. I have an hour to wash, eat breakfast and get outside to meet the farm manager. I am in San Miniato, Italy, working the grape harvest at the Tuscany estate of Cosimo Maria Masini.
There's just something about Randall Grahm that demands only the use of adjectives pulled off of a rack clearly bearing the label "erudite." The man isn't busy, he's peripatetic. He's not merely opinionated, he's irrepressible. More so than many winemakers, an afternoon's conversation with Grahm seems likely to range deep and wide across philosophic, economic, political, literary, and scientific domains.
The ''Douro Boys'' are actually men now nudging middle age, and the company is a collaboration between several producers: Quinta de Napoles, Quinta do Carril (both owned by Niepoort), Quinta do Crasto, Quinta do Vale Dona Maria, Quinta do Vale Meao and Quinta do Vallado.
WINE Historic Vineyard Society's mission is to stop uprooting the past and to start protecting it Two months ago, Andy Beckstoffer's Bourn vineyard was full of fruit - old, hearty Cabernet and Petite Sirah in what's better known to some as part of...
The controversial exclusion of the claret from the "first growths" –the listing of the finest wineries, from first to fifth growths in descending order – from the French wine heartland of Bordeaux was finally set right in 1972, when its status was elevated from second growth to first.
Back in the 1990s Spain seemed to be Europe’s most forward looking wine producer. But as overproduction and high alcohol wines increasingly dominate Spanish viniculture, it now appears Portugal can steal some of its thunder.