Paean to An Old Friend

We don’t write much about Chardonnay on these pages for several reasons, not the least of which is that I’m not particularly enamored of the variety when it is made blandly and without much distinctiveness. (See Aside) My fascination with terroir,… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Paean to An Old Friend”

A reception for our subscribers

This coming Monday evening at what used to be called the Ahwahnee Hotel, during what used to be called the Vintners Holidays, we will stage a champagne reception for any of our subscribers who are attending the first of two sessions Dan is moderating… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – … Continue reading “A reception for our subscribers”

Cold Climate Syrah

A symposium ostensibly for the industry on the above topic was staged last Sunday in Petaluma. The main reason was essentially to call attention to the growing importance of cooler appellations and in particular that of the Petaluma Gap. The area … Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Cold Climate Syrah”

The Vital Importance of pH in Aging

We have talked often about the importance of pH to the wine-aging process, as well as that many red wine makers seem not to give a hoot about such issues since the majority of people do not age wine anyway. But with white wines, extremely low pHs … Want to read more? If you’re already … Continue reading “The Vital Importance of pH in Aging”

Oxidizing Riesling

Importer Rudi Wiest knows as much about German wine, especially Riesling, as any American and his most recent experience wasn’t exactly a shock, but it was worth relating. Rudi routinely samples Rieslings that he will be bringing into the United S… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may login … Continue reading “Oxidizing Riesling”

The Platinum

PASCO, Wash. — My annual trek to the Pacific Northwest in late October always is an enjoyable one, even though it involves some dedicated work: three days of judging wine. Under normal circumstances, three full days like this can be tiresome, not… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “The Platinum”

Tasting Notes

(Commentator’s note: Those misguided souls who think price relates to quality may find that there is a curious disconnect in the Tasting Notes below. Some of these wines are low-priced. This does not mean the quality is less than Exceptional. They ha… Want to read more? If you’re already a subscriber, welcome back – you may … Continue reading “Tasting Notes”