Archive for the 'Wine News' Category

California Pinot Noirs come of age

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Another great article by Eric Asimov, this time on the transformation of (some of) pinot noir winemaking in California.  Below is his summary list of Cali pinots that are produced in a lighter, perhaps even more ‘Burgundian’ style, than some of their other pinot peers:

  • ANTHILL FARMS Sonoma/Mendocino; lovely, fresh and floral.
  • ARCADIAN South Central Coast; lively, pure and age-worthy.
  • AU BON CLIMAT Santa Barbara; well-balanced and complex.
  • CALERA WINE COMPANY Mount Harlan; intense single-vineyard wines.
  • COPAIN Mendocino; delicate and nuanced.
  • FAILLA Sonoma Coast; elegant and focused.
  • INMAN FAMILY WINES Russian River Valley; bright and pretty.
  • JOSEPH SWAN VINEYARDS Russian River Valley; restrained and delicate.
  • LANE TANNER Santa Barbara; light-bodied and fragrant.
  • LITTORAI Mendocino/Sonoma Coast; structured and energetic.
  • LONGORIA Santa Barbara; earthy and intense.
  • THE OJAI VINEYARD Santa Barbara; light and savory.
  • PEAY VINEYARDS Sonoma Coast; spicy and polished.
  • PORTER CREEK VINEYARDS Russian River Valley; fresh and elegant.
  • RHYS VINEYARDS Santa Cruz Mountains; graceful and complex.
  • RIVERS-MARIE Sonoma Coast; intense, lively and balanced.
  • TALLEY VINEYARDS Arroyo Grande; earthy yet fresh.

And finally, the quote of the article:

“The palate in Europe, like the wines, has had a thousand years to develop,” said Ted Lemon of Littorai, whose wines beautifully combine structure and intensity with restraint. “We’re only starting.”

iPhone Wine App Reviews

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

Here’s a fairly comprehensive review of the current (good) wine applications for the iPhone:

Reviews include:

  • Drync Wine 2.0
  • Velvet Vine Wine Companion 1.1.1
  • Wine Enthusiast Guide 1.2
  • Wine Pad
  • Wine Snob 2.2.1.

Hello Vino was not mentioned in this particular round-up but it is worth a look as well.

The Ancient Greeks Appreciated Moderated Wine Consumption

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

I now need to dust off my ancient Greek texts, in particular, The Odyssey, where wine is a constant presence in the work.  This, and other facts about ancient Greek life and its relationship to wine, is explored in the following article by Alexander Nazaryan.

2 clever articles on wine snobbery

Friday, January 30th, 2009

One from the Freakonomics blog on being able (or unable) to distinguish a fine bottle of wine from an unfine bottle when tasted without knowing which came from what at Harvard in the Society of Fellows, and the other generally humorous and sarcastically written way to fool wine snobs into thinking that you walk among them as an equal.

Wine tasting data point of the day

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

From Portfolio, 3 identical wines poured from the same bottle to groups of judges – how did the judges judge?