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30 September 2014
Wine & Culinary forum: the Primum Familiae Vini tasting
The Primum Familiae Vini are an association of top European wine domaines, and we were treated to a tasting of some of their wines, presented by Christophe Brunet, wine ambassador of the PVF and Fiona Beckett, food and wine journalist. They were providing the chat, with Fiona's brief being suggesting suitable pairings for the wines. [..
Highlights from the Wine & Culinary Forum, Barcelona (2)
Ferran Centelles presenting at the Wine & Culinary Forum So here are more highlights from the Wine & Culinary forum here in Barcelona. You can read Part 1, here. Victor de la Serna Noted Spanish wine journalist Victor de la Serna interviewed Asia's first MW, Jeannie Cho Lee, about the future for wine in the far [..
29 September 2014
Some highlights from the 2nd Wine and Culinary Forum in Barcelona (1)
Yesterday the 2nd edition of the Wine and Culinary Forum was held in Barcelona. I was here to give a talk on minerality in wine, and I'm happy to send anyone who's interested a written version of my paper. It was a varied and packed program, and with the exception of my talk, the rest [..
A Love Letter to Sherry…Wine
Who's Sherry? Are you seriously leaving Barcelona for southwest Andalusia? Err…what's in Cádiz, other than oranges? These are only some of the bizarre remarks we faced when telling the world that we were moving to Jerez, but it was a dream, our dream. And no, it wasn't an easy move
28 September 2014
Vinography Unboxed: Week of September 21, 2014
Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week's samples included the inaugural releases from a new project out of the Thomas Fogarty Winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California
27 September 2014
Notes on wines from the 30th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction
The Cape Winemakers Guild was formed in 1982, and its first auction in 1985 involved 13 winemakers and 18 wines. The guild was formed when South African wine was at a very different stage, in international isolation, with an industry dominated by two big players. The idea was to help lift standards by sharing [..
The Essence of Wine is Ready to Buy!
It is with great pleasure that I announce the official publishing and general availability of my book The Essence of Wine. It arrived at the warehouse a few days ago and is now available for purchase here on Vinography for $75 plus shipping costs. The road to get to this point has been a long and occasionally tedious one, but I'm thrilled to have completed this odyssey of self publishing, and with a product of which I am very proud. The book is gorgeous and everything I hoped it would be
Vinography Images: Spring Carpet
Spring Carpet A carpet of green sits under vines after a wet winter in Sonoma County as the sun sets into the fog. 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
26 September 2014
Two from Niepoort: Bairrada and Dão
Douro star Dirk Niepoort has branched out in recent years, acquiring vineyards in Dão (Quinta da Lomba, an old vineyard purchased in 2013) and Bairrada (Quinta de Baixo, purchased in 2012). It may even be (and this is clearly heresy) that Bairrada has Portugal's best terroirs, so it will be interesting to see what Dirk [..
25 September 2014
Harvest end at Derain (Burgundy)
Celebrating the end of the harvest Saint-Aubin (Burgundy The end of harvest is always a special turning point in wineries, a big part of the wine job has been made, I'd even say most of the wine job has been..
Friday Feature Photo: The Natural Beauty of Asturias
Photographer: Francisco Domínguez Capture Date: November 18, 2012 Location: Valgrande Pajares - Asturias About: The photograph is taken just at the point of the river where the Puerto and Mestas streams merge into one flowing body of water
24 September 2014
Club W raises $9.5 million
Club W, a wine club that sells private label wine directly to consumers, has raised $9.5 million in its latest round of funding. The company, led by CEO Xander Oxman, had previously raised $3.1 million in a seed round. The WSJ reports that Bessemer Venture Partners led this round; the previous round was led by […] The post Club W raises $9.5 million appeared first on Dr Vino's wine blog
Portugal’s Arroz Carolino: The Native Rice of Portuguese Gastronomy
When I moved to Portugal, I was dumbfounded by the amount of rice I consumed. Why? Because rice is absolutely everywhere! Not only that, the Portuguese are the largest consumers of rice in Europe, savoring 15 - 16 kilos per capita a year, compared with the 4 - 5 kilo European average
California Law and Wine: Ups and Downs
California is by most measures, the eighth largest economy in the world. And of the state's $2.05 Trillion domestic production, wine makes up more than $51 Billion, or about 2.5% of the economy. As we might expect, the California state legislature, therefore, pays some serious attention to the wine industry. Occasionally they do quite well by the industry
23 September 2014
From the Quiet Garden: The Wines of Pichler-Krutzler, Wachau, Austria
Winemaker Erich Krutzler has carried a lot of baggage in his life. At 46 he is still a relatively young man, but when he smiles from under his mop of slightly graying bangs, you can see the miles he has traveled in the corners of his eyes. Even leaving aside the difficulty of purchasing vineyards in the very limited market of Austria's Wachau valley, beginning a wine label wasn't going to be easy for Krutzler. For starters, there was the long shadow of Blaufränkisch to step away from