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05.31.2014

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 25, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included my introduction to the Laurel Glen Vineyard wines, which proved quite competent renditions of Cabernet Sauvignon in a couple of different incarnations. Wine blogger turned winemaker William Allen also represented this month with a few of his Two Shepherds wines. Dry Creek Vineyards can always be depended upon to deliver quality and value, and their recent Cabernet releases don't disappoint in... continue reading

05.30.2014

Vinography Images: Golden Hills

Golden Hills Evening sunlight turns the hills of Sonoma County wine country a bright gold in summer. 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: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited... continue reading

05.25.2014

Building a Foundation The Right Way: The Wines of Cornerstone Cellars, Napa

I first met Craig Camp in Oregon, where he was running Anne Amie vineyards, and where he had already proven to be one of the most internet-savvy individuals I had ever seen in the wine business. An early industry blogger, Craig was just as earnest in person as I found his writings to be online. I got to know Craig in fits and starts, as online interactions and occasional meet-ups in Oregon migrated from acquaintance to friendship. And then one day, Camp announced he was coming to Napa. I must admit to being slightly shocked at the news, so deeply... continue reading

05.24.2014

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 18, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included Clos du Val's 2009 Stag's Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, which was as wonderfully balanced and restrained as it always is, ready to age for the long haul. In the Cabernet department I also received the latest release from Mt. Brave, made by the talented Chris Carpenter. This wine is more ripe and modern than the Clos du Val, but still a... continue reading

05.23.2014

Vinography Images: Sunlit Canes

Sunlit Canes A vineyard in Sonoma County ready for winter pruning catches the evening light. 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: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition print... continue reading

05.22.2014

Would You Rather Have a New BMW or a Bottle of Rosé?

This week a bottle of 1995 California Rosé sold at auction for a winning bid of $37,200. Go ahead and pick your jaw up off the floor. It took me a while to recover from this news myself. As much as I would love to trumpet this sale as the ultimate proof that rosé has finally earned the respect it deserves as a world-class wine, the fact remains that this absurd price merely proves what we all knew already: namely that the fine wine auction market is ridiculously out of touch with reality, not to mention any truth about what... continue reading

05.22.2014

Saying Goodbye to Tim Patterson

On Saturday May 17th, 2014, wine writer Tim Patterson died of complications from brain cancer following surgery to remove a brain tumor. Regular readers will know that Tim was the co-editor of the book review section here on Vinography, and author of a good share of the book reviews that were posted on Vinography. In fact, the whole idea to review wine books on Vinography was Tim's idea. We met several years ago at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, and he proposed the idea to me over a glass of Zinfandel. Our irregular collaboration over the past few... continue reading

05.21.2014

La Nuit en Rosé Tasting: June 13-14, New York City

I consider it a fact, and a welcome one, that we have reached a point in American wine culture where pink wines, and the people that willingly drink them are no longer stigmatized. No longer do most men find their masculinity threatened by a nice glass of rosé, nor do most people assume that if you're drinking something pink, it must be white Zinfandel. Quite the opposite, in fact. Rosé consumption in this country has been skyrocketing, with sales growing in the double digits every year for the past five or six years. Ironically, while much of the acceptance for... continue reading

05.19.2014

Washington Rising

Living for all intents and purposes in the epicentre of California wine, I find it less than easy to consistently explore America's other wine regions, let alone immerse myself in them. Tasting wines from elsewhere in the country takes a special effort, but often pays great dividends. My recent trip to Washington State served to remind me of this fact. I came away (in truth as I always do from my irregular Washington forays) terribly impressed with the region's wines and their potential. In point of fact, I have come to believe that on a dollar for dollar basis,... continue reading

05.17.2014

Boo Hoo, Rudy Kurniawan Doesn't Like Jail

You know, it's pretty rough when you defraud some people of millions of dollars and then you have to go to jail when you're found guilty. Especially when you've got a defense team of lawyers that hardly seems to have tried to get you acquitted. But alas, that was wine counterfeiter Rudy Kurniawan's fate this past Autumn. Apparently he doesn't like it too much. I dare say it's a pretty big change from his coastal mansion, fast cars, and dinners at the top restaurants in Los Angeles. In a brilliant display of the same twisted logic used to defend him... continue reading

05.16.2014

Vinography Images: Ivy Sunset

Ivy Sunset An ivy covered wall at a vineyard estate glows in the evening light. 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: If you are interested in owning an archive quality, limited edition print... continue reading

05.15.2014

The Abbot's Dinner: A Tale of New Beginnings in Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Few things excite me more than getting a peek into the birth of a promising new winery. Especially when such beginnings are humble and hard fought. I knew I was in for something good when I pulled up in the driveway of Chateauneuf-du-Pape's newest winery only to find a tin shed on a slightly overgrown lot. We leapt over large puddles in the muddy gravel of the driveway to take shelter under the corrugated metal overhang that shielded the door, and were met by the young and delightfully cheerful Nathalie Reynaud, who sweetly began apologizing (through an interpreter) for... continue reading

05.10.2014

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 4, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's dive into the samples pile held a few gems, including a well-aged version of one of Germany's greatest Rieslings. Go figure. Who sends phenomenal, well-aged Spätlese to journalists? Germans, I guess. In any case, I was more than happy to pop open that Dönnhoff and take a swig. You should too. A few other Rieslings made an appearance this week, including a... continue reading

05.09.2014

Vinography Images: Two Tone

Two Tone A Sonoma County vineyard shows two distinct colors of autumn that glow electric against the foggy sky. 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: If you are interested in owning an archive... continue reading

05.06.2014

Wine Highlights from Taste Washington 2014

Every spring, as new buds strain to burst out on trees still rainswept and windblown, Seattle plays host to its annual celebration of Washington State Wine. Every time I attend Taste Washington, I find myself asking why I don't visit every year. It is one of the best large scale tasting events in the country, and that's even before we begin talking about the wine. Held in the large convention center near the Seahawks' stadium, the event features wine seminars, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, and about ten people shucking oysters constantly during the event. The food alone makes the... continue reading

05.02.2014

Vinography Images: Sentinels

Sentinels The sun emerges through the fog behind a stand of trees bordering Jordan Vineyards in Sonoma's 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: If you are interested in owning an archive... continue reading

05.01.2014

25 Years in the Hills: A Seven Hills Winery Retrospective

We're funny, us humans. We like to draw these imaginary lines on the earth and give names to the places on either side, and then we treat those figments of our imaginations like they mean something. The mental model of a map becomes so ingrained in us that when we look at the world around us, its as if we can see those imaginary lines. Grapes, of course, don't care much for maps. They like to grow where they like to grow, just as the soil that makes this so meanders without regard to the political boundaries we draw... continue reading

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Most Recent Entries

Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 25, 2014 Vinography Images: Golden Hills Building a Foundation The Right Way: The Wines of Cornerstone Cellars, Napa Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 18, 2014 Vinography Images: Sunlit Canes Would You Rather Have a New BMW or a Bottle of Rosé? Saying Goodbye to Tim Patterson La Nuit en Rosé Tasting: June 13-14, New York City Washington Rising Boo Hoo, Rudy Kurniawan Doesn't Like Jail

Favorite Posts From the Archives

Masuizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Toyama Prefecture Wine.Com Gives Retailers (and Consumers) the Finger 1961 Hospices de Beaune Emile Chandesais, Burgundy Wine Over Time The Better Half of My Palate 1999 Királyudvar "Lapis" Tokaji Furmint, Hungary What's Allowed in Your Wine and Winemaking Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Appreciating Wine in Context The Soul vs. The Market 1989 Fiorano Botte 48 Semillion,Italy

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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.