I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes in a “mini-review” format.
They are meant to be quirky, fun, and (mostly) easily-digestible reviews of (mostly) currently available wines (click here for the skinny on how to read them), and are presented links to help you find them, so that you can try them out for yourself. Cheers!
- 2017 Dutton Goldfield Van Der Kamp Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Mountain): Open for immediate payoff of earthy delights, or don’t for delayed payoff of even earthier delights. $68 A-
- 2017 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir (Green Valley): Sometimes love comes in the form of rhubarb. $62 A-
- 2017 Gary Farrell Russian River Selection Pinot Noir (Sonoma County): There really just showing off now, aren’t they? $45 A-
- 2017 Alara Grenache Rosé (San Benito County): Textural, floral, and ballerina-like light on its feet. $25 B+
- 2018 Ferraton Pere & Fils Cote du Rhone Samorens Rose (Rhone): Wild flowers, spunk, vivacity, and a penchant for overachieving. $15 B+
- NV Ackerman Cremant de Loire Brut (Loire): A no-muss, no-fuss elegance addition. $20 B
- 2018 Villa Marcello Prosecco Millesimato Brut (Veneto): Carrying itself with more than enough grace. $18 B+
- NV La Farra Prosecco Superiore Valdobbiadene Extra Dry (Veneto): Making up for its aggressive streak with friendliness and fragrance. $17 B
- NV Cavit Altemasi Metodo Classico Brut Trento (Trentino-Alto Adige): A smooth character, both in conversation and on the dance floor. $24 B+
- 2017 Estate Argyros Atlantis White (Santorini): See breezes, almonds, citrus, and deep sighs of relief. $20 B+
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In Meininger’s, Jeni Port reports on how Australia’s fires are impacting the wine industry, with up to a third of grape production wiped out in the Adelaide Hills wine region.
Australia’s Wine Business Magazine offer updates on the Adelaide Hills bushfire crisis. “About 20 wineries are affected by the bushfire. The burnt area contains one-third of all Adelaide Hills vineyards. One of the worst-affected wine producers is Tilbrook Estate in Lobethal. It has lost everything.”
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre reports on how the proposed tariffs could impact wine importers.
On his Do Bianchi blog, Jeremy Parzen explains how the proposed 100 percent tariffs on Italian wines and other European agro products will impact the Italian wine industry.
In the New York Times, Florence Fabricant explores how winemakers through Greece are recognizing native grapes like assyrtiko, xinomavro, debina and malagousia.
Grape Collective talks with Thomas Lombard of Champagne Lombard about embracing the grower ethos in Champagne.
On JancisRobinson.com, Tamlyn Currin reviews Ian D’Agata’s Italy’s Native Wine Grape Terroirs.
January 25, 2020 (Sat): Have your wine and eat cake too! Our very favorite baker Jessica of BBNest Bakery will be with us selling mini-wedding cake treats and more to pair with our wines. Whether you’re looking to sample wedding cakes, celebrating and anniversary, or just love cake this is for[...]
January 17, 2020 (Fri): Take your wine tasting skills to the next level with this class by our very own Tasting Room Manager and Sommelier Vickie Llorente. We’ll take you through our current portfolio of wines blind!Don’t be nervous – you’ll be surprised how your other senses[...]
Episode 476 of I'll Drink to That! was released recently, and it features Christophe Roumier of Domaine Georges Roumier, the winery located in the Burgundy village of Chambolle-Musigny.
"If you think of driving a car," says Burgundy vigneron Christophe Roumier in the lastest episode of I'll Drink to That!, "you need an accelerator and you need a steering wheel. There is nothing like that to drive a fermentation. The only way is to use the temperature control." This simple, easy to comprehend statement quickly conveys what Christophe is trying to explain, which is the importance of temperature control in a winery. I highlight this moment in the interview, because there are countless more abstruse and difficult to understand ways of making this same point, but Christophe eschews all of those in favor of this straightforward one. And that is part of what makes this interview so easy to listen to. Here is someone who has been working with fermentations for almost 40 years, and who in that time has thought through each aspect of his work, clarifying what is important. Now he is sharing that insight with you. And it should be noted that this is a rare occurrence. Christophe Roumier rarely gives interviews of any kind, content instead to work in his cellar or in the vines, producing wines that are some of the most esteemed in Burgundy. To listen to Christophe, as he breaks down complex topics in straightforward language, is to feel that the mysteries of Burgundy are very much within reach.
Listen to the stream above, or check it out on Apple Podcasts, YouTube or Spotify.
I'll Drink to That is the world's most listened-to wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @leviopenswine
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