Vinography Images: Happy Grapes

Happy Grapes
LOMPOC, CA: Pinot Noir grapes grow plump and ripe in a Sta. Rita Hills vineyard near Lompoc, California. The Sta. Rita Hills contains approximately 3000 acres of Pinot Noir, a grape that is particularly suited for the cool maritime climate with its fog influence from the nearby Pacific Ocean.

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.

BUY THE BOOK:
This image is from a series of photographs by George Rose captured in the process of shooting his most recent work WINE COUNTRY: Santa Barbara County, a visual celebration of one of California’s most beautiful wine regions. The book can be ordered on George’s web site.

PRINTS:
Fine art prints of this image and others are available at George Rose’s web site: www.georgerose.com.

EDITORIAL USE:
To purchase copies of George’s photos for editorial, web, or advertising use, please contact Getty Images.

ABOUT VINOGRAPHY IMAGES:
Vinography regularly features images by photographer George Rose for readers’ personal use as desktop backgrounds or screen savers. We hope you enjoy them. Please respect the copyright on these images. These images are not to be reposted on any web site or blog without the express permission of the photographer.

The post Vinography Images: Happy Grapes appeared first on Vinography.

Join Woodinville Wine Country On The Patio – Here’s Who Is Open

On July 23rd, Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Here are some highlights of what this means for Woodinville Wine Country:

RESTAURANTS & BARS

  • Restaurant guidance will now require parties to be members of the same household in order to dine indoors. Outdoor dining and take-away remains available for small parties from different households.
  • Table size for dine-in in Phase 3 will be reduced to five individuals and occupancy reduced from 75% to 50%.
  • Restaurants must also close gaming and social areas, such as pool tables, dart boards and video games.
  • Bars will be closed for indoor service, but can continue outdoor service. Alcohol service inside of restaurants must end by 10 p.m.

WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS

  • Wineries must cease indoor on-premise service. Customers may continue to make/pick up orders and pay at the counter following all social distancing rules.
  • Alcohol service must end by 10 PM
  • Outdoor service is allowed with proper social distancing measures in place.

Continue reading below to learn which businesses are open during this time:

 

Ancestry Cellars

  • Hours: Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Ambassador Wines of Wa

  • Hours: Friday 1-7pm
    Saturday & Sunday 12-5pm.
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Basel Cellars

  • Hours: Sunday: 11am-6pm
    Monday: 11am-6pm
    Tuesday Closed
    Wednesday Closed
    Thursday 11am-6pm
    Friday 11am-6pm
    Saturday 11am-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Email kevin@baselcellars.com or call 425-497-1910 to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Beaumont Cellars

  • Hours: Friday through Sunday 12-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Email elizabeth@beaumontcellars.com or call 425-482-6349 to make a reservation
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Brian Carter Cellars

  • Hours: Beginning Saturday, June 20th
    Wednesday 12-5pm
    Thursday 12-5pm
    Friday 12-6pm
    Saturday 12-5pm
    Sunday 12-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*The lasting tasting will be conducted 30 minutes before closing.

 

Cave B Estate Winery

  • Hours: Friday 2pm-6pm
    Saturday 11am-6pm
    Sunday 11am-6pm
    Monday 2pm-6pm
    Thursday 2pm-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – please call ahead to place your order: 425-949-7152

*Currently offering glass pours & bottle service.

 

Cedergreen Cellars

  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Guests can text or call us at 425-533-4172 or email them at info@cedergreencellars.com for reservations. Walk-ups welcome if space is available.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Chandler Reach Vineyards

  • Hours: Friday 12pm-6pm
    Saturday 12pm-6pm
    Sunday 12pm-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – Reservations highly recommended, but not required. Can make reservations online or call 425-892-9999.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*Currently offering glass pours & bottle service. No tastings at this time.

 

Darby Winery

  • Hours: Thursday through Sunday 12-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Email info@darbywinery.com or call 425.233.7879 to make a reservation
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes
  • Delivery: Yes

 

DeLille Cellars

  • Hours: Open daily from 11:00 to 5:00
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Click here to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*Tasting experience will be 60 minutes and due to high number to requests we ask that you arrive and depart on time to allow us to clean, sanitize and set up for our next guests. Late arrivals will result in an abbreviated tasting experience.

 

EFESTE

  • Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 12-5pm for tastings
    Thursday-Saturday 12pm-7pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Not at this time, seating for groups of 5 or less is on a first-come basis.  – Call  425-398-7200 or email info@efeste.com for most current information.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – Curbside pickup is available during regular hours. Call ahead or go online to place order: 425-398-7200.

*Daily snack menu is available everyday. Chef Jason’s Happy hour menu and chef specials available: Thursday-Friday 3pm-7pm Saturday 12pm-4pm

 

Eye of the Needle Winery 

  • Hours: Thursdays 1-4pm
    Fridays 1-4pm
    Fridays 5-9pm Live At The Eye (no tastings, only glass pours & bottles)
    Saturdays 1-6pm
    Sundays 1-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes – Limited outdoor seating available, weather permitting.
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Click here to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – Curbside service will continue, except Friday nights

 

Fidelitas

  • Hours: 11am to 5pm, by appointment
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Click here to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*Please visit www.fidelitaswines.com/Visit/Woodinville for detail on reservations and tasting guidelines.

 

Five Star Cellars

  • Hours: Friday 3-7pm last tasting begins at 6:00
    Saturday 12-7pm last tasting begins at 6:00
    Sunday 12-5pm last tasting begins at 4:00  (Live music)
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Highly recommended –  email: fivestarcellarsevents@gmail.com (or) call (425) 286-2198 or use the main email: info@fivestarcellars.com
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*They are accepting “walk-ins” as well. Seated on-the-hour against availability.

 

Forgeron Cellars

  • Hours: Thursday 12:00-6:00pm
    Friday 12:00-7:00pm
    Saturday 12:00-6:00pm
    Sunday 12:00-6:00pm
    Monday 12:00-6:00pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes –  Please call (425) 242 -8872 to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*Forgeron Cellars is open for pick-ups, purchases, and wine tastings! Open Thursday through Monday from Noon to 6:00pm, 7:00pm on Friday, the Woodinville staff would love to host you for a tasting. Currently we are open by reservation only (club members have walk-in priority) so give us a call at 425.242.8872 to book your spot now!

Tons of outdoor seating is available for all guests, both in the sun and shade, please state your preference when booking your tasting! We look forward to hosting you soon!

 

Gard Vintners

  • Hours: Fridays 2-7pm
    Saturdays 12-6pm
    Sundays 12-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Please click here to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – (Call ahead 425-415-3816 and let them know your coming)

*Tasting flights, glass pours, bottle purchases, cheese plates, beer & cider available! Masks are highly recommended, until you sit down at your table for your tastings.

 

Guardian Cellars

  • Hours:
    • Hollywood Tasting Room: Friday through Sunday 12-5pm (limited outside seating)
    • Maltby Tasting Room: Thursday through Sunday 12-5pm (outside seating coming soon!)
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Please click here to make a reservation or email wendy@guardiancellars.com.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – (simply add a note to your online order with location choice, date and time.)

 

Icon Cellars

  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Call  425-223-7300 to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – Curbside pickup is available upon request. Call ahead to place order: 425-223-7300.

 

J. Bookwalter Tasting Studio

  • Hours: Monday 12-6pm
    Tuesday 12-6pm
    Wednesday 12-6pm
    Thursday 12-6pm
    Friday 11am-1pm Club Members Only | 1-7pm general public welcome
    Saturday 11am-1pm Club Members Only | 1-7pm general public welcome
    Sunday 11am-1pm Club Members Only | 1-6pm general public welcome
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – No reservations needed. Seating on a first come, first served basis. Seating for
    final tasting is 30 minutes before close.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Lachini Vineyards

  • Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 6:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 11:30am – 8:30pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Click here to make a reservation or call 425.489.9917.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes (by appointment 7 days/week through the summer)

*Seated tasting flights until 5:00pm. Bottle & glass pours after. Will have food offerings soon!

 

Lauren Ashton Cellars

  • Hours: Saturday and Sunday 1-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No

 

Lobo Hills Wine Co.

  • Hours: Friday 3pm – 7pm
    Saturday 12-6pm
    Sunday 12-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – Reservations highly recommended, but not required. Click here to make reservation.  They will offer two seatings of 2-5 people, with 50 minutes tasting times.)
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Locust Cider

  • Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 2-9
    Friday-Saturday 12-9
    Sunday 12-8
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Long Cellars

  • Hours: Friday 3-7:00pm
    Saturday and Sunday 12:30-5:30pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Recommended- Call 425-698-5198 or email jlong@longcellars.com to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*Please wear a face mask until seated at your table. 

 

Love That Red Winery

  • Hours: Daily 12-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – Not required at this time.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Market Vineyards

  • Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 12-6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – No reservation required but are available to make by email Cassie@marketvineyards.com or call 425-486-1171
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Martedi Winery

  • Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 12-7pm
    Sunday 12-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No

 

Maryhill Winery & Bistro

  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:30am-7pm
    Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
    Sunday 11am-8pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes – They will be having live music on their new outdoor stage Friday Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting
  • Reservations Required: No

 

Matthews Winery

  • Hours: Mon-Thur 12-5pm
    Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
    Sun 12-7pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – Reservation system is in progress.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Novelty Hill Januik Winery

  • Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No, but highly recommended – please visit here to make a reservation. Walk-in seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis.*Glass pours and Bottle purchases only. No tastings at this time.

 

Otis Kenyon Wines 

  • Hours:  Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 5:00pm (starting June 13th)
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – We will take walk ins only as space allows.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Page Cellars

  • Hours: Saturday 12-5pm
    Sunday 1-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Panther Creek Cellars

  • Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 12pm – 5pm
    Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 6pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – They can only have 4 customers in their tasting room so please be aware of possible long wait times for wine tastings.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Patterson Cellars

    • Hours:
      • HOLLYWOOD HILL |14505 148th Ave. NE, Woodinville| 425-892-2964
        Monday – Saturday 11 am-8 pm
        Sunday 11 am-7 pm
        Wine tastings offered until 4pm daily. Bottle & glass service offered 4pm – close
      • WAREHOUSE DISTRICT |19501 144th Ave. NE, D-600, Woodinville| 425-483-8600
        Friday 1 pm – 7 pm
        Saturday 12 pm – 6 pm
        Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
        *Wine tastings offered until 4pm daily. Bottle & glass service offered 4pm – close
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – Reservations are available but not required. Click here to make a reservation

*We are consider a beer/wine restaurant and can continue to offer indoor seating as well as outdoor seating on our patios at all locations!

 

Prohibition Cellars

  • Hours: Saturday 12 -5pm
    Sunday 12-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – Their seating capacity is limited, so if you want to secure your space, please call ahead (425-286-2982) or email them winemaker@prohibitioncellars.com.

*They’re open again for wine tasting and wine pickups! They’re also building their new outdoor patio area! Come and check out what they’re up to, and taste or pickup some wine!  

 

Sol Stone Winery

  • Hours: Thursday and Friday 4-8 pm
    Saturday and Sunday 12-6 pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No
  • Curbside Pickup: Please call (425-419-4401)

*Thirsty Thursdays – Discounted Wine pairing with the food truck of the week (the Junction hosts local food trucks every Thursday and Sunday). Sunday Happy Hour-4-6 PM-Discounted glass pours. 

 

Tertulia Cellars

  • Hours: Curbside pick up and onsite wine purchases only:
    Saturday 8/1/20 & Sunday 8/2/20: 12pm-5pm
    Saturday 8/8/20 & Sunday 8/9/20: 12pm-5pm
    Wednesday 8/12/20 & Thursday 8/13/20: By appointment
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Please email woodinville@tertuliacellars.com to make a reservation.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*For curbside pick up, wine orders and all questions, please email Xavier@tertuliacellars.com or call 503-554-8995.

 

The PicNic Table

  • Hours: Wednesday 11-6pm
    Thursday 11-6 pm
    Friday 11-9 pm
    Saturday 11-9pm
    Sunday 11-5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – We take reservations by phone (425) 286-6657 or via email info@threeofcups.com.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

*New extended hours on Friday and Saturday to 9.00pm

 

Three of Cups Winery

  • Hours:  Saturdays 12-5pm
    Sundays 1-4pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – We take reservations by phone (425) 286-6657 or via email info@threeofcups.com.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – We have curbside pick-up and limited capacity for seating.

 

Tinte Cellars 

  • Hours:
    Reserved Wine Tastings available: Monday-Thursday 12-4pm; Fridays 3-5pm; Saturdays & Sundays 12-6pm
    Private Tastings available (one group at a time): Monday-Thursday 12-6pm
    Tinte Tunes (live music & glass pours): Fridays 6-8:30pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Book Now: https://tintecellars.com/tasting-experiences/
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – Available at Hollywood District tasting room

*They are operating within the guidelines issued by the State of Washington and the CDC. Daily Wine Tastings are available at their Winery Location (in the Woodinville Warehouse District – expanded outdoor seating on our large patio), and they also offer Home Delivery and Curbside Pick-up from our Hollywood Hill tasting room.

 

TruthTeller Winery

  • Hours:  Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 – 5:00pm (starting June 13th)
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes

 

Warr-King Wines

  • Hours: Saturday: 12pm-5pm
    Sunday: 1pm-5pm
    (Temporarily closed on Fridays)
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No – Click here to make a reservation. Due to limited capacity, reservations are highly recommended for all party sizes to ensure table availability.
  • Curbside Pickup: Yes – You can order online or purchase wines to-go at the front bar inside the winery. This is a designated station for pickups only and will not be used for wine tasting service.

*They will be following the rules that King County has put in place. You can learn more here.

 

The Winemakers Reserve

  • Hours: Monday – Friday: 12pm – 4pm
    Saturday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: Yes – Please click here to make a reservation.

 

The Woodhouse Wine Estates

  • Hours: Friday 12-5pm
    Saturday 12-5pm
    Sunday 12-5-pm
  • Outdoor Seating: Yes
  • Reservations Required: No

*Glass pours and Bottle purchases, only. No tastings at this time.

 

*If you are a Woodinville Wine Country affiliated business and would like to be added to this list please email us at marketing@woodinvillewinecountry.com.

The post Join Woodinville Wine Country On The Patio – Here’s Who Is Open appeared first on Woodinville Wine Country.

Coronavirus Australia, Melbourne live updates July 31: Victoria records 627 new cases and eight deaths; NSW records 21 new cases; New Queensland case linked to Logan cluster; Woolworths urges customers to wear face coverings; Doctor’s warning as second largest daily total cases diagnosed – 9News

Coronavirus Australia, Melbourne live updates July 31: Victoria records 627 new cases and eight deaths; NSW records 21 new cases; New Queensland case linked to Logan cluster; Woolworths urges customers to wear face coverings; Doctor's warning as second largest daily total cases diagnosed  9News

Daytime Blue Ridge: Lemonade Drinks For Summer Sipping

In the summer heat, nothing refreshes and cools like an ice-cold glass of Lemonade. With that in mind, here is a simple recipe for making your own Lemonade, as well as a few drink recipes featuring the most thirst-quenching summer beverage of all.

Lemonade
Making your own lemonade is quite simple. Plus, when made at home, you can adjust ingredients to your specific taste!

Ingredients:
1 cup Water
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Freshly-squeezed Lemon Juice
4 cups Water

Procedure:
Bring 1 cube water to just boiling
Stir in Sugar Until dissolved
Stir in Lemon Juice
Allow to cool
In a Pitcher, stir in 4 cups water (or to desired dilution)

Shandy
A Shandy is quite simply equal parts Beer and some type of Lemon or Lemon-Lime mixer. It is often made with citrus-flavored soda, but here I like to depend on the beer for the slight carbonation and use the homemade Lemonade that has been made to taste.

Ingredients:
6 ounces Lemonade
6 ounces Lager or Pilsner Beer
Lemon Wedge for Garnish

Procedure:
Fill tumbler or glass halfway with lemonade
Top with equal part Lager or Pilsner beer
Garnish with Lemon Wedge

Strawberry Mint Lemonade Smash
With a few simple ingredients, your Lemonade will absolutely shine in this easy-to-make cocktail!

Ingredients:
1 Strawberry
4 – 5 fresh Mint Leaves
1 1/2 ounces Vodka
3 1/2 ounces Lemonade
Lemon Wedge and/or Strawberry for Garnish

Procedure:
In cocktail glass, muddle Strawberry and Mint
Fill glass with ice
Add vodka
Add lemonade
Stir
Garnish with Lemon Wedge or Strawberry

Bourbon-Spiked Lemonade
Easy-to-make and easy-to drink!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 ounces Bourbon
3 1/2 ounces Lemonade
Lemon Wheel for Garnish

Procedure:
In cocktail shaker, add Bourbon and Lemonade
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds
Strain into ice-filled cocktail glass
Garnish with Lemon Wedge

Daily Wine News: Painful Evolution

On WineBusiness.com, Andrew Adams reports on how Covid is bringing a painful evolution to the wine business. “The current challenges represent a period of “accelerated evolution” for the industry that will trigger a natural selection of wineries and wine brands.”

In Grape Collective, Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher talk to sommelier and author Victoria James about what she calls the “pale, male and stale” wine community, how the restaurant industry can recover from the pandemic and more.

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers notes on the most recent Wine School, Verdicchio di Matelica, and announces what’s up next: Zinfandel.

In Wine Spectator, Robert Comuto on how Italian master pruner Marco Simonit changed viticulture. “Now the wine world’s foremost pruning guru and vine whisperer, his rise has come from his stunningly simple observation: that severe pruning used in modern, high-density vineyards weakens vines by blocking the flow of their life-giving sap, thereby making them susceptible to disease and premature death.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Lauren Mowery explains what “meaty” means in wine.

“Piquette is basically White Claw for wine lovers,” says Marissa A. Ross in Bon Appétit.

In Decanter, Jane Anson tastes through 21 vintages of Château Haut-Bailly. (subscription req.)

In PUNCH, 10 sommeliers and retailers pick their go-to wine of the season.

Channeling Bob Ross to Bring You “The Joy of Wine Tasting”

It’s been months since I’ve had a haircut, and not one to miss an opportunity, I thought I might as well have some fun with my JewFro. When I snapped the photo above, people seemed to love it, so before I cut all my hair off this week, I couldn’t resist taking the idea to its logical conclusion.

So without further ado (and with apologies for self-indulgence plus great reverence for one of my personal heroes, the late great Bob Ross) I present to you, The Joy of Wine Tasting.

I realize now watching this that I misspoke. France’s Jura region is the true origin for Trousseau Noir, not the Savoie, of course. I’d record the piece again, but… I already cut off all that hair! Oh well. Improv is, by definition, imperfect. Apologies to the hardworking people of the Jura and their fabulous grapes. I promise to drink some Poulsard in penance.

We now return you to your normal programming.

The post Channeling Bob Ross to Bring You “The Joy of Wine Tasting” appeared first on Vinography: A Wine Blog.

Drinking While Eating is Not Food and Wine Pairing

A couple of months ago, I wrote a piece entitled “Food and Wine Pairing is Junk Science” in which I attempted (some would say unsuccessfully) to argue the point that the so-called “rules” of wine and food pairing, and that the supposed “art” of making such combinations is a load of crap that actually makes wine harder for people to understand and appreciate.

In the weeks since, as is my usual habit, I have posted things on social media about what I’m eating and drinking. Several friends and followers have “pounced” on such posts with glee, exclaiming (some good-naturedly, some with just a whiff of spite) something along the lines of “SEE, so you DO believe in food and wine pairing.”

They’re missing the point, entirely.

Choosing a wine you want to share with your dining companions and drink with your dinner is one of the most natural and wonderful experiences afforded us as human beings, and something utterly fundamental. As far as I’m concerned, it’s practically why wine was invented in the first place.

But deciding what you want to drink with your meal is not the same thing as carefully matching a specific wine to an individual prepared dish of food with the idea that the wine plus the food will result in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. This intention, and the supposed artistry and principles that underlie it are what produce the anxiety and hangups that infiltrate the average consumer’s understanding of what wine means.

Perhaps I should have said that I believe in merely combining wine and food, not matching them. We should all drink wine while we eat. We just shouldn’t worry about it, nor make it anything resembling an exercise of precision.

Choosing wine to go with a meal can easily have almost nothing to do with the food being served. Sometimes, for me at least, it’s simply about what I want to drink. The other night, I just wanted to drink Champagne. It didn’t matter to me in the slightest what I was going to be eating for dinner.

Of course, other times, what’s on the table does enter the picture, but not as a formula or an equation to be solved. It may sound like I’m headed towards the splitting of hairs here, but what I’m really getting to is the idea of intention.

If anything could be said to be the kernel of my rant it is this: deciding what to drink when you eat needs to be less about precision and more about pleasure. More about you and who you are eating with, and less about what someone else says is the right pairing or a set of principles about acidity and sweetness that you read in a book.

We should all have food and wine together. But we should be enjoying them, not pairing them.

Read my original rant.

The post Drinking While Eating is Not Food and Wine Pairing appeared first on Vinography: A Wine Blog.

Daily Wine News: Italy’s Reckoning

On his Do Bianchi blog, Jeremy Parzen considers the issue of racism in the Italian wine industry. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming majority — and let me just repeat that — the overwhelming majority of Italian winemakers I know personally is on the right side of the racism and anti-racism dialectic. They, like us, are reckoning with their personal and national attitudes on race as they, like us, continue to evolve as anti-racists. But sadly, if we dig a little bit deeper and scratch below the surface, we often discover that the wines we love are raised by people whose attitudes on race may diverge significantly from our own. And of course, there are also racists among us who continue to embrace those wines and the winemakers who produce them.”

“I will not easily forget the time, in 2019, I saw the cellar of Josko Gravner, the iconic Friulian winemaker famous for being the first to use qvevri, the then exotic Georgian clay vessels.” Walter Speller falls under Gravner’s spell on JancisRobinson.com. (subscription req.)

How do organics and biodynamics affect a vineyard’s carbon footprint? Julie Sheppard looks delves into the science in Decanter.

In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph explores the psychology of wine pricing.

Amber LeBeau ponders the future of virtual wine tastings.

Matthew Luczy offers a profile of Arnot-Roberts in Decanter. (subscription req.)

Joon Park explores Liguria’s wines in Grape Collective.

In Wine Spectator, James Molesworth visits Joseph Phelps Vineyards for a tour of the Backus vineyard and a tasting of recent Backus and Insignia Cabernets. (subscription req.)