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06.28.2014

Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 22, 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. As much as it pains me to admit, my process for going through samples is less than orderly, as is my basement, where they pile up, dangerously at times. Consequently there are bottles that get lost, tucked into a corner, only to be discovered a couple of years later as I move things around. As embarrassing as that can be, sometimes it yields great... continue reading

06.27.2014

Vinography Images: Spring Pastels

Spring Pastels Old vine Zinfandel pokes up through colorful fields of mustard and cherry blossoms in this Spring, Sonoma County scene. 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... continue reading

06.26.2014

Blaufränkisch is Best Before Breakfast

In the pantheon of wine grapes, a precious few are revered for what some refer to as their transparency to terroir. By this, we mean the degree to which the grape, when handled the same from a farming and winemaking perspective, demonstrates significant character differences depending on the specific place it is grown. Pinot Noir has been exalted for this tendency to exhibit terroir so strongly, as has Chardonnay. Every serious student of wine would have several other grape varieties worth serious debate as contenders for this list. Two years ago, after spending merely two or three days in... continue reading

06.23.2014

Austria: The Wine Lover's Dream Destination

Every wine region in the world has its own unique allure, but not all are created equal. Some offer better wines than scenery, others have landscapes that make up for their relative lack of creature comforts. The best wine destinations in the world offer combinations of many charms, but few can match what I now consider the single best wine tasting destination in the world: Austria. While it might not immediately leap to mind along with the picturesque rolling hills of Tuscany or the cobblestone charms of Burgundy, Austria bests them all. Don't believe me? Here are the ten... continue reading

06.21.2014

Weingut Veyder-Malburg, Wachau, Austria: Current Releases

In Austria's Wachau valley, it's hard to pay attention to what winemakers tell you, especially when they're talking with you in a vineyard. The Danube twists olive and lazy below incredibly steep hillsides terraced with centuries-old rock walls, each containing but a single row of vines, climbing for thousands of feet from the floodplain. Never mind the vertigo that anyone susceptible to heights might feel perched on these ledges that perch precariously on slopes many would not ski down -- the view is so incredible that you easily lose yourself in the vast majesty. When I first visited Veyder-Malburg,... continue reading

06.20.2014

Vinography Images: Rolling Vineyards

Rolling Vineyards The crest of a rolling vineyard surfaces like the back of a whale in the ocean beneath the fog in Sonoma County. 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... continue reading

06.18.2014

A Guide to the Post Wine Blog Era

The world of wine media has changed greatly in the 10 years since I began my wine blog, Vinography.com. By the end of 2004 there were perhaps a dozen wine blogs in existence, but within two years that number would swell into the hundreds, and later, thousands. With the exception of a few pioneering websites such as Tom Cannavan's Wine-Pages.com and the late Daniel Rogov's website on Israeli wine, the emergence of wine blogs marked the first true wave of non-mainstream wine journalism, made all the more interesting (as well as variable in quality) by the fact that many wine... continue reading

06.14.2014

You Bet Your Blauburgunder: Exploring Austrian Pinot Noir

Hello from Vienna, Austria, where I am spending a few days wandering around what has to be the greatest indoor wine tasting venue on the planet, the Hofburg Palace, where the bi-annual VieVinum wine festival is underway. Every two years, pretty much everyone who is anyone in the Austrian wine industry, and those who love their wines, show up for a couple of immersive days of tasting, drinking, and partying. This year's event kicked off for us attending journalists with a tasting of 2011 and 2012 red wines, two widely acclaimed vintages in the country. I began my morning... continue reading

06.13.2014

Vinography Images: In the Spotlight

In the Spotlight The sun shines through the trees, putting a spotlight on a Sonoma County vineyard. 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

06.10.2014

2014 Pinot Days Tasting: June 21, San Francisco

It's June, and that means one thing when it comes to wine in San Francisco: Pinot Noir. For the past 10 years, June has played host to PinotDays, a celebration of the grape that brings wineries and wine lovers together for a couple of days of tasting and education. There was a time when San Francisco had no large-scale tasting of Pinot Noir, but those days seem a distant memory, now in a post-Sideways world. Every year members of the wine-drinking public can spend an afternoon wandering in a sea of Pinot Noir, as 80 different producers (primarily California, but... continue reading

06.07.2014

Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 1, 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 the latest release from Tim Mondavi's Continuum project which is a real stunner. I thought the 2010 might have been the winery's best effort to date, but the 2011 may have topped it, yet again. Only time will tell, but if you're into high-end Napa reds, this one is definitely a keeper. Slightly more affordable but definitely compelling, the Flora Springs... continue reading

06.07.2014

Crack Smoking Wine PR

The press release carried the title "Going Against the Trend Pays Off for..." (I'm leaving off the winemaker name because I don't think it's fair to pillory a winemaker because of lousy PR work). "After many years in the business," the press release continued, "this winemaker is looking back on his career and looking forward to the future." The winemaker in question, the press release went on to claim, "is known for going against the trend of high alcohol wines and staying with his roots from his European training." At which point I spewed my mouthful of wine all over... continue reading

06.06.2014

Vinography Images: Foggy Valley

Foggy Valley The fog drifts over sunlit hills in western Sonoma County. 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 of this image... continue reading

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of June 22, 2014 Vinography Images: Spring Pastels Blaufränkisch is Best Before Breakfast Austria: The Wine Lover's Dream Destination Weingut Veyder-Malburg, Wachau, Austria: Current Releases Vinography Images: Rolling Vineyards A Guide to the Post Wine Blog Era You Bet Your Blauburgunder: Exploring Austrian Pinot Noir Vinography Images: In the Spotlight 2014 Pinot Days Tasting: June 21, 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.