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07.30.2011

The Joy of Pink Pinot: Tasting at the 2011 IPNC

Regular readers will know that I'm a fan of everything pink when it comes to wine. Rosé is one of the most underrated and least appreciated wines by "serious" wine lovers. Food friendly, refreshing, and complex, the best rosés are among the wine world's most versatile and exciting wines. Thankfully, they are not only becoming more accepted, but increasingly popular, especially as the stigma of sickly-sweet White Zinfandel fades from the collective consciousness. One of my favorite features of the IPNC event that I am attending this week in Oregon's Willamette Valley has always been their afternoon rosé of Pinot... continue reading

07.29.2011

Vinography Images: Veraison

Veraison ANNAPOLIS, CA - 2006: A cluster of Pinot Noir grapes is shown undergoing verasion. Annapolis is located in the cool Sonoma County coastal grape growing region. Veraison describes the point where grapes turn from their young green color into their darker hues. At the moment, many vineyards around Northern California have just begun veraison. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size... continue reading

07.28.2011

Off to Drink Some Pinot: IPNC 2011

I spent the evening on the crest of a hill overlooking the Willamette Valley watching the sun set over the hills. It was 83 degrees with a light wind blowing. A DJ was playing old reggae tunes, while I and about 150 other people wandered around sampling food from some of Portland's famous food trucks, and drinking wine from about 12 different wineries who were pouring everything from Gruner Veltliner to, of course, Oregon Pinot Noir. After the sun went down, a bonfire was lit, and the fire dancers started to perform. Sound like your idea of a good time?... continue reading

07.23.2011

Hungary: Where It's Tough to be a Wine Critic

Here in America, our government doesn't produce its own wine, it just reserves the right to monopolize the power to make an obscene profit from selling it. But if, perhaps, Uncle Sam did try his hand at winemaking, it's quite likely that it would be pretty shitty wine, and that I would have no fear of saying so here on Vinography. Unfortunately, it seems that the freedom to criticize lousy wine, especially when it's made by your government, isn't exactly a considered universal right. At least according to the government of Hungary. Hungary, of course, is home to some of... continue reading

07.23.2011

Congratulations To the Winners of the 2011 Wine Blog Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Wine Blog Awards, which were announced this afternoon at the annual Wine Bloggers Conference, which is taking place in Charlottsville, Virginia. The winners were selected through a combination of a public vote and a vote by the judges. I'm particularly pleased to see Tom Wark's blog, Fermentation, honored this year as both the Best Industry blog and the Best Overall Wine Blog. Tom invented the Wine Blog Awards and has been both a tireless promoter of wine blogs and wine bloggers as well as a relentlessly fine blogger himself. The Wine Blog Awards... continue reading

07.22.2011

Vinography Images: Veeder Vineyard

Veeder Vineyard MT. VEEDER, NAPA VALLEY, CA - 2006: A Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard is nestled between the pine trees on the slopes of Mount Veeder. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: Fine art... continue reading

07.20.2011

Domaine Skouras, Greece: Current Releases

"Now with 27 vintages under my belt, there is not one vintage the same. It's like having 27 different kids, all with different personalities. Waiting for a new vintage, you become like you were in the first vintage. You become young. Young of thinking." With someone like George Skouras, a man who has been such a prominent force in the Greek wine industry, it's hard to imagine him as a young twenty-something, crushing his first vintage of wine. Especially because 27 years ago, few would have predicted that there would be a thriving Greek wine industry in 2011. But thanks,... continue reading

07.19.2011

2011 Sonoma Coast Wine Festival: August 5-7, Occidental, CA

Regular readers know that I'm a fan of large public wine tastings, and that I recommend them highly to all wine lovers, beginners and experienced drinkers alike. They're simply the best way to educate yourself and your palate about wine, because they afford an opportunity to taste a lot of wines from a specific category at the same time, and to learn something from the comparison. These types of tastings tend to be split amongst those focused on a single grape or grapes (Rhone Rangers, ZAP - Zinfandel Advocates and Producers, Pinot Days, etc.) and those focused on a specific... continue reading

07.17.2011

Should Wine Writers (or Bloggers) Be Friends With Winemakers?

Warning: wine writer navel gazing ahead. If you're not interested in such discussions, go read a wine review. Us wine bloggers can't seem to stop ourselves from discussions of ethics in wine writing. Perhaps you've seen the little kerfuffle over at DrVino.Com or the Wall Street Journal wine blog, where Tyler Colman, the author of Dr. Vino, pokes at Lettie Teague, one of the Wall Street Journal's wine columnists, for praising a wine made by a friend of hers (and a past subject of her writings) without disclosing that friendship in her blog post. Stepping around the spittle-flecked mess that... continue reading

07.15.2011

Vinography Images: Cabernet Clusters

Cabernet Clusters ALEXANDER VALLEY, SONOMA COUNTY, CA - 2008: A microscopic cluster of tiny cabernet sauvignon grapes begin to form on the vine. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: Fine art prints of... continue reading

07.13.2011

Being Proud of Your Country's Wine Doesn't Mean Anything if You Don't Drink It

There are a few things you can count on no matter where you are in history. One of them is the fact that children, in general, try very hard not to grow up to become their parents. The constant rejection of what the generation before liked, stood for, and lived for has propelled many a consumer trend over the last century. Sadly, it seems that while in America, this phenomenon is partly responsible for the current and coming surge in wine consumption, in France it may be just the opposite. It has been widely reported over the past weeks that... continue reading

07.12.2011

Stupid Wine Name of the Century

By night I write here about wine. By day I spend my time in the world of branding, customer experience, and marketing. As a result, I have a higher tolerance for, and a keen understanding of the value that brands hold in the marketplace, and an appreciation for efforts to differentiate in a crowded field. All of this by way of saying that I can appreciate the idea of coming up with a distinctive name to use when referring to sparkling wine made in England. The Spanish have Cava, the Italians have Franciacorta and Spumante, after all. But "Britagne?" You've... continue reading

07.09.2011

Santorini Wines: Reviews and Impressions

As many of you readers know, I spent about 10 days in Greece on a press trip a couple of weeks ago, and I've been busy working through my notes from the trip. The primary place I visited during this trip was the tiny island of Santorini. While the name Santorini is well known as a picturesque resort, most people aren't aware of its status as one of Greece's most famous wine regions. I wrote earlier in the week about the remarkable history and methods of viticulture on the island of Santorini (which if you haven't read, I suggest breezing... continue reading

07.08.2011

Vinography Images: Terraced Vineyards

Terraced Vineyard ALEXANDER VALLEY, SONOMA COUNTY, CA - 2007: A terraced hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard creates interesting patterns in the Alexander Valley. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops. To set the image as your desktop wallpaper, Mac users should follow these instructions, while PC users should follow these. PRINTS: Fine art prints of this... continue reading

07.06.2011

Sit On Your Ass and Drink Red Wine

I can hardly think of a better piece of news than this: if all you like to do is sit around on your butt all day long, drinking red wine may keep you healthier, despite a complete lack of exercise. While there's no word whether the resveratrol contained in red wine can counteract the effects of pork rinds, mind-numbing reruns, and high-fructose corn syrup, it's good to know that this magical compound found in red wine can help with conditions such as laziness, sloth, and too-fat-to-do-much-else. And how did scientists discover this? In space, of course! Or rather, in a... continue reading

07.04.2011

Wine From the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini

Around 1600 BCE, the 15th Egyptian dynasty was in full swing at Thebes, the Minoans ruled the seas of the Mediterranean, and the beginnings of the Mycenaean civilization -- the culture that would become the great state of Greece -- was stirring on the Peloponnese peninsula. To the south of modern-day Greece, in the midst of the Aegean sea, a small Minoan society that had long thrived on the shores of a volcanic island were fleeing for their lives. The mountain which had sheltered them for many centuries was clearly a friend no longer. Nearly everyone fled in boats, leaving... continue reading

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The Joy of Pink Pinot: Tasting at the 2011 IPNC Vinography Images: Veraison Off to Drink Some Pinot: IPNC 2011 Hungary: Where It's Tough to be a Wine Critic Congratulations To the Winners of the 2011 Wine Blog Awards Vinography Images: Veeder Vineyard Domaine Skouras, Greece: Current Releases 2011 Sonoma Coast Wine Festival: August 5-7, Occidental, CA Should Wine Writers (or Bloggers) Be Friends With Winemakers? Vinography Images: Cabernet Clusters

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Required Reading for Wine Lovers

The Oxford Companion to Wine by Jancis Robinson The Taste of Wine by Emile Peynaud Adventures on the Wine Route by Kermit Lynch Love By the Glass by Dorothy Gaiter & John Brecher Noble Rot by William Echikson The Science of Wine by Jamie Goode The Judgement of Paris by George Taber The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil The Botanist and the Vintner by Christy Campbell The Emperor of Wine by Elin McCoy The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson The World's Greatest Wine Estates by Robert M. Parker, Jr.