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12.28.2013

Vinography Images: Stormy Skies

Stormy Skies Stormy skies seen over a vineyard in Pope Valley. Most California vintners are wishing for such skies and the chance for the kind of green carpet we would normally have this time of year in the vineyards, as we continue through one of the driest winters in memory. 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... continue reading

12.28.2013

Welcome Back Photographer Andy Katz

Please join me in welcoming back photographer Andy Katz, whose work will again be featured weekly in the Vinography Images series starting this week. Whenever I think of Andy Katz, I will always remember a particular moment from my trip to South Africa in the fall of 2008. He and I, along with four other journalists were riding in a van towards the Franschhoek Valley amidst intermittent rain showers and bursts of sunlight. We rounded a bend in the road and Andy started literally jumping up and down in his seat as he pleaded with the driver to stop... continue reading

12.24.2013

The Best Champagnes I've Tasted Lately

Champagne cap collection in Reims France © 2013 George Rose. When I look back on my days as a beginning wine drinker, I find many reasons to chuckle, and more than a few at which to shake my head. As we begin our journeys to becoming wine lovers there are so many things we do not know. Our limited experiences tell us something about the world of wine, but only much later do we realize how little. For many years after I started drinking wine, I didn't like Champagne. I found it bitter and parching, an angular sort of drink... continue reading

12.23.2013

Vinography's Flipboard Magazine Honored

For the past few months I've been publishing a Flipboard Magazine version of Vinography. You can view it on the web, but it is really designed to be consumed on the iPad using the Flipboard app. I've not only been posting Vinography content to this magazine, but also lot of other articles, photographs, and other news from around the wine world. I was told yesterday that the Vinography Flipboard Magazine was chosen as one of 74 Favorite magazines for 2013 by the employees of Flipboard. One of 74 doesn't sound so hot, until you hear that over 5 million... continue reading

12.21.2013

Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 15, 2013

Hello from the bottom of the samples pile. This is the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles of sample wine that have crossed my doorstep recently. Let's start this week with the beauty of age. I dug a 2005 Clos du Val Cabernet Sauvignon out of the pile this week and it was a stunner -- seamless, regal, restrained, and utterly delicious. It made the rest of the samples this week seem like amateurs. In addition to that wine in the red department, we've got a very pretty Pinot Noir from Sequana, from... continue reading

12.20.2013

Vinography Images: Vineyard Power

Vineyard Power LODI, CA: A solar panel at Lange Twins Winery collects the sun's energy near Lodi, California. 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 image and others are... continue reading

12.19.2013

Bulk - The Quiet Wine Economy

Stand long enough by the side of any major highway that traverses one of California's major wine regions and you'll see them: bright, shiny tanker trucks filled with wine. As visible as these trucks are on the roads, their loads represent a part of the wine world that everyone seems content to keep mostly invisible to the consumer. Consisting of transactions between producers for as little as a few dozen gallons to volumes that would require a convoy of these tankers for delivery, the bulk wine market has become central to the economics of American wine, to the point that... continue reading

12.18.2013

Jury Convicts Wine Collector Rudy Kurniawan of Fraud

If I lived in New York, I would have spent the last eight days in an uncomfortable bench seat in a courthouse watching what almost certainly is the most interesting wine-related courtroom drama since the breakup of the Mondavi empire. Today, after less than two hours' deliberation, a jury convicted Rudy Kurniawan of two counts of fraud: one for counterfeiting millions of dollars worth of wine, the other for lying about his immigration status and collateral on a loan application. Known as Dr. Conti by his friends, and infamous for his penchant to buy, sell, and drink some of... continue reading

12.13.2013

Vinography Images: Night Work

Night Work PENNGROVE, CA: Vineyard crews rush to harvest Pinot Noir grapes under lights in the early morning hours of October 2 near Penngrove, California. 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

12.13.2013

2014 ZAP Zinfandel Festival: January 23-25, San Francisco

I'm not exactly sure how long a particular event has to have been going on for it to be credibly labeled an institution, but whatever that length of time, the ZAP Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco would certainly qualify. For nearly 25 years lovers of Zinfandel have been descending upon San Francisco in late January to celebrate their favorite grape. While there are now many Pinot Noir festivals, several Cabernet happenings, and more than one event focused on Rhone grape varieties, there has only ever been one ZAP. And while Zinfandel might be poured at other regional tastings, no... continue reading

12.12.2013

Jim Barry Wines, Clare Valley, Australia: Some Current Releases

The early American colonists were at a pretty big disadvantage when it came to making their own wine. It just so happens that they picked pretty much exactly the wrong section of the country to settle, at least as far as grapevines (and perhaps Native Americans) were concerned. But that was ok, I guess, as most of them thought drinking was a sin. The first major settlers to colonize Australia, on the other hand, had their priorities straight, and decided to live where they could actually grow vines in their backyards. Or at least the combination of English, Polish,... continue reading

12.09.2013

Urban Renewal Through Wine

Cities all over the world flounder in various states of decay, as municipal and regional governments go bankrupt, or at the very least fall on hard times. Residents watch their neighborhoods slowly drain of the life they once held, as windows are boarded up and families move away towards better prospects. Every politician and pundit has an opinion about the cause, and almost none of them agree. Dealing with such problems has become a battleground for ideologies. Let's allow the radio personalities and the politicians to continue their verbal flailing, and let's instead get to work on making the... continue reading

12.06.2013

Vinography Images: Birth of a Grape

Birth of a Grape HEALDSBURG, CA: Warm sunny skies bring out the wildflowers and Pinot Noir budbreak on April 3 in Healdsburg, California. 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

12.02.2013

Introducing The Essence of Wine Book

Almost two years ago now, I began a collaboration with superstar food photographer Leigh Beisch that I called The Essence of Wine. The premise was simple. I wanted to celebrate some of the mystery and beauty of wine through gorgeous images of the various aromas and flavors in wine. The resulting feature on Vinography has been one of the most talked about elements of Vinography for some time. Many of you readers have eagerly awaited the results of each new photo shoot. And ever since the series began, some of you have been asking for a book. Today I'm happy... continue reading

12.01.2013

Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick

I've decided that Matthew Rorick, despite his muscular frame and the weathered crow's feet of a classic California surf bum, is the crazy cat lady of California wine. When I tell him this, he puts his strong-jawed, blonde-stubbled face in his hands with a mock sob and shakes his head. His longish blond locks spill over wine-stained fingers. "Its true, it's true," he chokes with laughter. He raises his head with a smile. "No, I couldn't possibly take another one! OK, OK come on in, come on in," he pantomimes, ushering yet another obscure grape variety into the fold of... continue reading

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Vinography Images: Stormy Skies Welcome Back Photographer Andy Katz The Best Champagnes I've Tasted Lately Vinography's Flipboard Magazine Honored Vinography Unboxed: Week of December 15, 2013 Vinography Images: Vineyard Power Bulk - The Quiet Wine Economy Jury Convicts Wine Collector Rudy Kurniawan of Fraud Vinography Images: Night Work 2014 ZAP Zinfandel Festival: January 23-25, San Francisco

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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.