I wondered, as I travelled around Burgundy with a group of people invited by Burgundy Wines and the “Discover the Origin” campaign*, what it was that defined the region and really differentiated it in the minds of wine drinkers around the world.
The last event of the 2013 Bordeaux Tour by ombiasy was a tour of and dinner at Château Haut-Bailly. It was a most memorable evening thanks to our charming host, Diana Paulin, the very special setting in the dining and the living rooms of Château Haut-Bailly, the excellent food of Chef Jean-Charles Poinsot, and – last but not least - the superb Chateau Haut-Bailly wines.
Readers will find a set of mostly approachable, easygoing Brunellos in 2008. The vintage presented growers with many challenges, the severity of which varied from zone to zone. Depending on the estate, producers reported variable conditions ranging from irregular flowering, significant disease pressure in the spring, and devastating hail in August.
My Tasting Director at Wine Enthusiast, Lauren Buzzeo, who has a hard job but carries it off with aplomb, sent us reviewers a link to this article yesterday. It’s a defense of tasting notes by a Washington State guy who runs the wine department in a grocery store.
The wine industry is “preventing” the average consumer from fully “understanding and liking” wine as it has no idea how to communicate with them, according to Tim Hanni MW speaking at the Digital Wine Communications Conference this weekend.
In an attempt to make wine with no added sulphur, some new thoughts came to my mind. Are we actually getting so used to sulphur compounds aromas that we actually judge them as a quality imparting to the so-called complexity of a wine?
An identity crisis yields confusion in the marketplace.. Barbera, when you ask most people their initial reaction to the name might yield blank stares, or worse. While Barbera is capable of producing some...
Unfortunately, the middle of the 20th century wasn't a good time to be in the wine grape business, so Francesco diversified into growing fruit, as well as into what today we would certainly call wine bars.
This post is a little different than others I've written for this blog, as this is a movie review. The movie is a French film called You Will Be My Son (Tu seras mon fils, in French with English subtitles) and it is an excellent drama about pride, tradition and jealousy within an estate in Bordeaux.