Recently, a friend asked me to discuss German wines with him. He seemed to have a particularly difficult time understanding their labels. I told him the parable of good news and bad news. The good news is that there is a lot of information on a German wine label. “What about the bad news”, he asked. “That there is a lot of information on the label,” I answered.
I have just returned from my trip to the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany…What struck me most on my trip, was not the beautiful sun-kissed rolling hills covered with vineyards, forests, and ancient hilltop villages. No, as impressive as they were, it was the people, their history, and their culture that struck me most. It was the people and their culture that provide the wines of Chianti Classico with their nerve, their balance, and their approachability.
A few days ago I reported that there were changes a foot in Chianti Classico, well the changes has been officially voted on by the Chianti Classico Consortium after they voted by a wide majority to approve the measures proposed by the board of directors to revamp the denomination
I had the pleasure of dinning with the Director General of the Consorzio Vino Chianti Classico, Giuseppe Liberatore, last night in Castellini in Chianti, Italy for the Conzorzio’s annual Pentecost in Castellina in Chianti at the “Sotto Le Volte”. We spoke in depth about the region and what the future holds for arguably one [...]
Inspired by the book, “Ribolla Gialla Oslavia: The Invisible Part of a Wine,” we travel to a little village in Italy called Oslavia that has been gaining popularity in the wine world for producing non-traditional, original wines with the Ribolla Gialla grape. The battle ground for both 20th century world wars, this area experienced complete destruction only to have strong independent winemakers return to replant its vineyards and rebuild. With Ribolla Gialla, you can drink Oslavia’s history.
We talk to Nick Poleto Director of wine education for Kobrand Imports. Get out your smoking jacket, light up your cigars and kick back to the soothing tales of Port.
This day is an opportunity for not only producers, but wine educators, geeks, blogs, mainstream media, and the general public to put down their Cabernet and Chardonnay and join in a global celebration and education centered around Port.
The 2nd annual 2011 installment of #ChampagneDay was off to a roaring start. I received too many email to count from countless individuals, wine educators, businesses and producers on how they could participate. What excited me most about this is that many wanted to host events and organize get-together in their local area, which was exactly what I had envisioned for this day all along, people getting together to celebrate, educate, enjoy, and most of all build relationships. I was fortunate to hosted an event with Master Sommelier Andrea Immer Robinson here in Napa at the Westin Verasa.
I am in Bordeaux and I invite you to join me virtually as I submerse myself in all things Bordeaux over the course of the next week.
On October 5th 2010 I had a “come to Jesus” meeting with Beaujolais. I had on many occasions thoroughly enjoyed Cru Beaujolais, but rarely if ever ordered them from a wine list or grabbed them from a wine store shelf. Not because I didn’t like them, I had loved them in the past, but because [...]