Subscribe: WCWN General Forum
http://www.westcoastwine.net/ubbthreads/cache/rss7.xml
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
article  https  interesting article  interesting  posted tomhill  posted  sacbee  tom  tomhill interesting  tomhill  wine  wines 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: WCWN General Forum

WCWN General Forum



WCWN General Forum



 



Re: Any new wineries around Santa Ynez to Santa Rita Hills area?

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:35:52 UTC

Posted by Florida Jim:
What Tom said. Best, Jim



Re: KelliWhite: Making Sense of Mendocino

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 06:45:21 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
As linked in WineTerroirist, KelliWhite has a terrific article in GuildSomm: [url=https://www.guildsomm.com/public_content/features/articles/b/kelli-white/posts/mendocino-county]MakingSense/Mendocino[/url] on making Making Sense of Mendocino. Very well researched, very well written...a must-read. Although the AndersonVlly is the most well-known AVA in Mendocino, she points out the tremendous/unrealized potential the inland valley has for (once again) making great Mendocino wines. There are a bunch of sub-AVA's in MendoCnty that I'd never heard of, nor seen on a label ever. I was unaware how much area the MendoRidge covers, though the actual AVA, above 1,200 ft elevation, is still pretty small. The article points out that many of the grapes go out of the County to Napa/Sonoma to flesh out the 15% slop in the AVA-labeling. One of the things I didn't realize is that the City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, once owned by Andy Beckstoffer, was once a Calif state (mental?) hospital. It's a beautif



Re: Always wanted to go to Nappa!

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:18:38 UTC

Posted by David Andreozzi:
Hot off my feed... they changed the word Nappa to Napa and left the misspelling of [b]Califronia[/b] [img]https://image.ibb.co/nBNrSS/Untitled_2.jpg[/img] of Califronia



Re: NYTimes: Syrah in Sedona

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:41:02 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting, if a bit shallow, article in the NYTimes: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/travel/sedona-wine-syrahs.html?hpw&rref=travel&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well]SyrahInSedona[/url] on the emergence of the AZ wine industry. Tom



Re: Using Qvervi & Natural Wines.....Cultural Appropriation??

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:26:31 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
[quote=BEB]You pot-stirrer you, TomHill! [/quote] Moi, Boyce?? I haven't been accused of making a troll post since...well....yesterday!! :-) When my daughter makes a Taco Salad, I always accuse her of "cultural appropriation". She just rolls her eyes..."Whatever!!" Tom



Re: TheSuck: In The AltoAdige

Wed, 28 Mar 2018 16:42:01 UTC

Posted by David Andreozzi:
Thank you... wonderful! Fondly, David



Re: SacBee: MikeDunne on PodCasts

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 09:49:15 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Mike Dunne writes on some of his favorite PodCasts: [url=http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/]PodCasts[/url] He's an old fogey (unlike the rest of us) and found out about podcasts recently when he was informed that PodCasts are how you sell to the millennials. So he identifies a few he likes. Tom



Re: Disaster: BergamotAlley Closing.....

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:52:14 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Just read an article by EstherMobley that BergamotAlley in Healdsburg is closing: [url=https://www.sfgate.com/insidescoop/article/Healdsburg-s-best-wine-bar-Bergamot-Alley-12735654.php?t=757a0d0afc]BergamotAlleyClosing[/url] . This is dreadful news. Almost every time I'm up in Healdsburg, I hang out at BergamotAlley w/ some winemaker. Several yrs ago, we were meeting up w/ SamBilbro to taste his new Idlewild releases. I noticed a WalterMassa Timarasso on the shelf. I told KevinWardell that I "happened" to have to other Timarassos out in my car & could we taste them all together. He was all for it. So we tasted thru three Timarassos at Bergamot w/ Sam & Kevin. Probably the largest tasting of Timarassos in Healdsburg that day. That was what got Sam excited about Timarasso. He will have the first Calif Timarasso (along w/ Steve Clifton) when it's released by FPS in the near future. Stay tuned. It's a grape they should be planting all up&down the Coast of Calif. It will be interesting to see how



Re: NYTimes: Wild Ferments in Salami

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:55:27 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article in today's NYTimes: [url=https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/science/sausage-salami-bacteria.html?recid=11YFojdkz4P7HdVltYyNGkKkihJ&sl_rec=thompson_sample_dedup&contentCollection=smarter-living&mData=articles%255B%255D%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.nytimes.com%252F2018%252F03%252F08%252Fsmarter-living%252Fhow-to-cut-down-on-unwanted-junk-mail.html%253Frecid%253D11YFojdkz4P7HdVltYyNGkKkihJ%2526sl_l%253D1%2526sl_rec%253Dthompson_sample_dedup%26articles%255B%255D%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.nytimes.com%252F2017%252F12%252F08%252Fscience%252Fsausage-salami-bacteria.html%253Frecid%253D11YFojdkz4P7HdVltYyNGkKkihJ%2526sl_rec%253Dthompson_sample_dedup&hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=smarterLiving-promo-region®ion=smarterLiving-promo-region&WT.nav=smarterLiving-promo-region]SalamiWildFerments[/url] in which researchers compared salamis made w/ inoculated bacteria to those salamis using wild ferments. Results are what you'd expect...the wild ferments tasted be



Re: Meininegers: History of GemitscherSatz

Fri, 02 Mar 2018 08:26:53 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
As linked in WineTerroirist, a rather interesting article by FelicityCarter on the history of the revival of GemitscherSatz in Austria: [url=https://www.meininger.de/en/wine-business-international/orchestrating-new-wine-style]GS Revival[/url] The article plays it as a phenomenon only around Vienna, but there are GS in Austria from much further afield. The IngridGroiss in the Weinvertiel is one such. GS was originally a field blend of grapes co-fermented from an old vnyd. I wonder how many of these modern (since 2006) GS's are true to that model and how many are merely blends of separate varietal wines. Not sure how the Austrian law reads on this subject, but I'd be curious. Tom



Re: Punch: Bonne on BigFlavor Reds

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:37:16 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Egads, Jon....say it isn't so. As linked in WineTerroirist, JonBonne, one of the wine press's favorite punching bags, reflects on his red wine drinking thru the Winter: [url=https://punchdrink.com/articles/have-we-taken-less-is-more-wine-aesthetic-too-far/]Bonne:BigFlavorReds[/url] For quite a few yrs now, Jon has railed against what he calls BigFlavor Reds. He was one of the early cheerleaders of the IPoB movement. He was a long-time adherent of light/lively/lower alcohol/C-M reds. reds that earn the disdain of Monktown attourneys ranting against the AFWE and are the darlings of all the hip Somms in BigCities. Now...Jon is having some second thoughts and that maybe, just maybe, there may be a place in our wine world for reds w/ big/bold flavors. Though stopping short of calling for a return of BigFlavor Reds, he suggests there may be a place for wines like Trentino Teroldego, Amarone Valpolicella, Chateauneuf du Pape, Umbrian Sagratino....wines he labels as "Ferdinand wines"...wines that you can



Re: Napa Watershed: preserve or plant?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:50:40 UTC

Posted by Roland Dumas:
First safety is actually pretty complicated. A vineyard is actually a decent fire break usually, though there was a case of the vineyard being unburned and a house in the middle of the vineyard burning to the ground. In the bigger picture, however, the location of the vineyard is more fire safe, but the area around it might be more at risk. Fire is mostly propagated by grass burning. It burns fast and moves through. I have a rather large set of photos showing that the oaks burned from the bottom up, and tend to be fire resilient. They look pretty bad, but most come back. An oak forest does a couple of things that reduce fire danger. First, it actually cools the air under the canopy. It reduces the amount of grass growing under the canopy also. Oaks feed the aquifer, which seeps out in springs that keep riparian areas and some hillsides green and slow burning. Removing oaks causes water table to fall; planting a vineyard in its place causes it to fall more because the vineyards are sucking water up for



Re: WineSearcher: Labeling Controversy

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:32:11 UTC

Posted by Roland Dumas:
[quote=TomHill] And then there's one other case: 4. If you're a wnry in Calif, say in Solano Cnty, and buy a bunch of NapaVlly Cabernet, you're legally allowed to label it "NapaVlly Cabernet". I'm sure the NapaVlly Vintner's Association also regards that as unfair competition. But it's perfectly legal. Apparently, a lot of nefarious things can happen to grapes when they're trucked across the border of Calif. Tom [/quote] well, when you notice that Napa Valley spills over the hill into Solano and that Napa Valley Vintners are using grapes from Solano to stretch their blends and that non-grandfathered wineries are required to use no less than 75% of Napa grapes in their production, it's no wonder that there is a high bishop of the vintners association on Montecito Rd, baptizing Solano grapes as Napa grown.



Re: 750Daily: The Science of Orange Wines....

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 07:59:42 UTC

Posted by TomHill:



Re: Remembering DonnReisen/Share

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:29:13 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Today is the 9'th Anniversary of DonnReisen's death. Jeez...do I miss that guy. I met Donn early on when he became the Marketing guy for RidgeVnyds. With this big walrus-like mustache (at times), he was one of the goofiest guys I ever met in the wine biz. He was a very hard worker, very demanding of himself, a great shmoozer in a sincere sort of way, just one of the very best. Every time I go into the (spiffed up) Lower Barn, I look over to the side at his office and a flood of fond memories come over me. Susan & I had the privilege of pouring Ridge wines at several events over the yrs w/ Donn. Everybody, but everybody, came up to the Ridge table and wanted to visit w/ Donn. It was clear that he was greatly loved by the wine community. My best Donn story: In the late '90's, Donn was in attendance at the SantaFe Wine&Chile Fiesta to represent Ridge. He knew my fondness for Calif Syrah, so brought a btl of the unreleased first Syrah ('96 I believe) of Ridge's, from the Lytton West vnyd. At our Dave



Re: Bruno Giacosa passes on to that great Barolo vineyard in the sky.

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 11:21:06 UTC

Posted by Florida Jim:



Re: GoodVitis: An Epic Five Days in Napa

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:54:44 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Usually, I find the WineTerroirist site a good source of interesting wine articles to read. Not so in this instance. Today they linked to the GoodVitis blog by Aaron Menenberg titled "An Epic Five Days in Napa: [url=https://goodvitis.com/an-epic-five-days-in-napa/]EpicFiveDays[/url] describing his first visit to TheNapaVlly. I would highly recommend reading this article if you want a good laugh. But don't waste much time on it. I wasted about 30 minutes of my life that I'll never recover. As best I can guess, the NapaVllyVintners must have flown Aaron in for a grand tour of all the tourist destination wineries with the hope/expectation that he would go back home to Virginia and write a puff piece on the NapaVlly for his blog. Which I gather what happened. Envision a rookie reporter for the AtchisonGlobe being flown for the first time to NewYorkCity and being shown the TrumpTower and being told this is the essence of NYC; now go home and write a travel article on NYC to flush more tourists



Re: VinePair: Helicopter Harvesting in the Valtelline

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:53:56 UTC

Posted by Roland Dumas:
Must say that when you mention helicopters and vineyards, I wince. We're having a bit of a ruckus in Napa over a wealthy vineyard owner who wants the right to fly his helicopter into his estate to avoid the traffic of the main roads in and out of the valley. Neighbors clearly unhappy. He was denied a license to operate, and is buying off politicians in an attempt to override the denial. Rich guys want their privilege.



Re: SacBee: MikeDunne on NEB#7

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:10:35 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Very nicely done article by MikeDunne on our NEB#7 gathering last Summer: [url=http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article194756524.html]SacBee:NEB#7[/url] I think Mike pretty much captured the essence of the gathering by noting that the Calif Nebb producers no longer look to the Barolo/Barbaresco paradigm as their model but are broadening their horizons to other Nebb areas in Italy, especially the AltoPiemonte and the Vallentine. He highlights the Calif Nebbs from Castelli, Lepiane, Jacuzzi, and Harrington/Terrane. DarrellCorti's comment pretty much sums it up: "You have shown me today that by loving the grape you make some very interesting wines" Tom



Re: VinePair: Schioppettino

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 19:45:35 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
Have had mixed but generally good results with Schioppettino from both Furlan and Dorigo. Not a grape you see around much. Would love to find some Tazzelenghe but that is close to impossible to locate.



Re: Hospice du Rhone 2018

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 17:43:59 UTC

Posted by Bob Davis:
I get that. I've already decided to ass this year after looking at the finances. A trip to Sonoma is always in order.



Re: Sutter Home....

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:27:59 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
This title should pretty much stop everyone dead in their tracks from reading this very interesting article by KatherineCole (who she?) on the rise of the Trinchero family to power: [url=https://daily.sevenfifty.com/how-trinchero-built-a-wine-empire/]Trincheros[/url] from their humble SutterHomeFamily origins. It's actually a quite interesting read and I learned a lot I'd never known before. SutterHome is, of course, the wnry that rode the WhiteZin horse to fame. Which now, of course, earns them the derision of anybody w/ a serious interested in wine. It shouldn't be that way. Should I mention I followed SH from the very start?? Sort of. When they started SH after prohibition, Bob & Mario Trinchero specialized in bulk wines sold out of the barn across from LouisMartiniWnry on Hwy 29. I never had any of those bulk wines. NapaVlly folks would show up at SH, gallon jugs in hand, and fill-er-up from the spigot there. In the early '60's, SH started bottling their own wine. In the late '60's



Re: Happy New Year

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:12:03 UTC

Posted by Marc Hanes:
Indeed, happy new year to all, may our collective resolution to be to share more of our passion for wine here! We all benefit together!



Re: Punch: Bonne Looks Toward the 2018 Wine World

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:25:29 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A rather interesting article in Punch by JonBonne (one of my favorite wine writers) on wine trends to look for in 2018: [url=https://punchdrink.com/articles/wine-trends-2017-and-wine-stories-that-will-shape-2018/]Bonne/2018[/url] Nothing really surprising or ground-breaking, but interesting. I like his name for wines that are not "natural": [b]Mainstream wines[/b]. The adherents of natural wines alwys like to label them "Industrial wines", to indicate their disapproval. But there are always some winemakers who cannot be easily labeled, who are not "natural", but certainly not "industrial". Just like people label other people as Democrat or Republican...so they don't have to think and get to know that other person's beliefs. Tom



Re: Feynman: The Universe In A Glass of Wine

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 16:42:14 UTC

Posted by R. Schiffman:
Fascinating story. Thanks. Although it was all I could do to make it through "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" when it came out, he appeared to be a remarkable man in many ways. All the best to you on reaching the ripe young age of 0o113 --Rod



Re: SacBee: MikeDunne Reminisces w/ Winemakers

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:50:24 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A rather interesting article in today's SacBee : [url=http://www.sacbee.com/food-drink/wine/dunne-on-wine/article190431539.html]SacBee:Reminisces[/url] in which Mike gathers up some interesting comments from winemakers over the yrs. Tom



Re: Taos Winter Wine Festival Schedule Now Up...

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:44:30 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
The schedule for the Taos Winter Wine Festival (Feb 1-4) has just been posted: [url=http://www.taoswinterwinefest.com/]TWWF[/url] The Seminars on Sat should be particularly good. RobertSinskey & Steve Matthiasson discussing their wines and Morgan Twain-Peterson & Jake Bilbro presenting their Zin/Syrah. Though he's not listed, KurtBeitler of Boheme is supposed to be there as well. Dave Gates will be presenting Ridge MonteBello on a Fri Seminar. I'll be there on Sat. Easy to recognize...goofy looks, ears that stick out, bright red spitoon. The skiing?? Too early to predict. Tom



Re: DougHillstrom on FingerLakes Wines

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:38:02 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Quite an interesting article by Doug Hillstrom on his top 12 FLX wines this year: [url=http://flxwine.info/the-12-most-important-wines/]FLXWines/Hillstrom[/url] This is not merely yet another list of top wines, but his general comments at the beginning of the article are worth reading, especially on the "natural" wines. Tom



Re: W&S: Alto Piemonte

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:54:29 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Quite an interesting & nicely done article by Stephanie Johnson in the latest W&S magazine on the AltoPiemonte: [url=http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/news/entry/alto-piemonte-a-renaissance-in-progress]W&S:AltoPiemonte[/url] , describing the recent resurgence of the region. I've noted a fair number of new producers appearing on the shelves from areas other than Gattinara in the last few yrs. For many yrs, the Quisimodo-shaped btls of Traveligini was about all you'd see, plus a few Antoniolo's. Their use of Vespolina/Croatina to take the fearsome tannic edge off the Nebbiolo is one of the advantages this area has over the B/B paradigm. Some exciting times up there. Tom



Re: JamieGoode on Natural Wines....

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:22:46 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article by JamieGoode on the Natural Wine Movement: [url=https://vinepair.com/articles/natural-wine-train/]JamieGoode/NaturalWineMovement[/url] in which he condemns to tendency of natural wines to show "process" at the expense of "terroir". And just when you thought all of the discussion of Natural wine had run its course. He attempts to define Natural wine w/ a list of permitted or forbidden additions. It's always puzzled me that Natural wine adherents forbid the addition of acids...but look the other way at the addition of sugar. A bit of hypocrisy? The interesting takeaway of this (yet another) article on Natural wines is that maybe the movement has run its course and will simply fade away into the sunset, having done its job. EGads...one can only hope. And where will that leave SweetAlice?? Searching for another windmill at which to tilt? Tom



Re: DorothyGaiter On JonBonne/Rules Book

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 10:32:10 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A rather interesting, if rambling and unfocused, article by DorothyGaiter in GrapeCollective magazine: [url=https://grapecollective.com/articles/why-some-wine-writing-today-reminds-me-of-a-woody-allen-movie]GaiterArticle[/url] . I found it rather interesting in that she implies several wine writers (including LettieTeague and JonBonne) have plagarized some of her writing from their WSJ wine columns. It's a strange/bizarre article from somebody whose writings I usually like. She goes on to pillory wine experts and has little use for Jon's NewRules wine book. Tom



Re: W&S: Storybook On Fire

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:51:49 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A very nice and touching article in Wine&Spirits by JoshGreene: [url=http://www.wineandspiritsmagazine.com/news/entry/storybook-on-fire]W&S:Storybook[/url] on the effects of the fire on JerrySep's StorybookMtn. Fortunately, Jerry and CalFire were able to save his home, his daughter's home, and the winery. He lost some 2 acres of vines. Tragically, he lost a shop that had his inventory of old StoryBook Zins dating back to the '80's. Anyway, a sad but interesting read. Tom



Re: The Ultimate Expression of Terroir....

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:07:45 UTC

Posted by Dave Cuneo:
that Wines By Committee, such as the Apothic line, 99 Crimes line, etc are so good. They are blends, and thus, represent their terroir perfectly. I guess, however, by this lady's definition, a blend of different Barolo vineyards in a Barolo, 100% Nebbiolo, does not really express terroir as well as say, a blend of Nebbiolo, Barbera and Dolcetto (even better, blend in some Cab). :)



Re: Why Is It Important for a Region to have a Signature Grape??

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:28:53 UTC

Posted by Brad Harrington:
Yeah, Temecula needs Merlot!! And I ought to know!!



Re: We Lost Two: SethKunin & Ron Rawlinson

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:20:10 UTC

Posted by Brad Harrington:
Very sad to hear about Seth, he was a nice human. I had not heard about Ron, how tragic.



Re: Some Wineries Get It....and Others Are Clueless

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 13:23:35 UTC

Posted by Roland Dumas:



Re: TTL

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:11:22 UTC

Posted by fraser:
Thanks for biting! This is a Monchiero Barolo 1978 from the Montanello vineyard that was sold to me as a Montanello Barolo. Montanello is listed as one of the great vineyards of Castiglione Falletto by the Wine Atlas of the Langhe. Both Montanello and Monchiero make a barolo from this vineyard. Fraser



Re: Decanter: Jefford on Barolo/Barbaresco

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:55:16 UTC

Posted by Dave Cuneo:
That has been the "conventional wisdom" since my first Barolo and Barbaresco in the early 80's. I wonder if it still holds true (if it ever did) after all the new technology and style revisions of the past 30 years? Also, I have had many Barbarescos over the years that could easily have passed for a "forceful, powerful" Barolo, and Barolos that were more Barbaresco like in character, especially the "new wave" style wines. dc.



Re: SacBee: Dunne on Butte Cnty Wine

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:12:05 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article in ystrday's SacBee by Mike Dunne: [url=http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article183307491.html]SacBee:ButteCnty[/url] on the burgeoning (well...slowly growing) wine scene up in ButteCnty. Just to the North of Sacramento, centered around Oroville. I see know reason that they couldn't grow great wines there in the Eastern part of the cnty in the foothills. All they need is adventurous winemakers willing to plant something other than Cabernet and Chard. Obviously Areni Noir and Prunelart would be ideal matches for their soils & climate. I was glad to see none of the ButteCnty folks glorifying their area as the "next NapaVlly" and touting the cnty for its "warm days and cool nights as being ideal for grape growing". Also note that one Berton Bertagna has a wnry there named Bertagna Family Wnry. Wonder how long it's going to be until Domaine Bertagne in Burgundy comes after them?? Mike also mentions the potential of Tehama Cnty just to the North. Aimee Sunseri is doing so



Re: W&V: Sauvignon Musque in Monterey

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 06:14:37 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Very interesting article in Wines&Vines: [url=https://www.winesandvines.com/news/article/191539/Musque-Clone-Sees-A-Revival-In-Monterey]W&V:SauvMusque[/url] on the rising popularity of the Sauvignon Musque clone (as opposed to the more common Wente clone) in Monterey because of the better farming. I was glad that the article gave credit to DougMeador (a man who doesn't get the recognition he deserves for his viticulture work for all Calif) for bringing it commercial success in Monterey. I, of course, followed DougMeador/Ventana from the very start in the late '70's. His first SauvBlancs (Wente clone) were dreadful, very herbaceous & vegetal & weedy. I remember when I first tasted his Sauv Musque w/ Doug and telling him the "Wow...this is something different". I think the DryCreekVnyds Taylor's SauvMusque is one of the finest SauvBlancs made in Calif. I wish more wineries would identify their SB's as Musque when they use it. Anyway...a nice read on a varietal that (like Semillon) should get



Re: SacBee: Dunne on Smoke Taint

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:03:00 UTC

Posted by Florida Jim:
The real story is about the perception that the vintage is compromised. Tourism is off by a factor of 10 and many folks who depend on visits are seeing them cancelled in droves. This vintage may be tagged by critics as unsellable (reference 2011, for different reasons) which would impact the economics of the small to medium winery far more than smoke taint. The reality is, that it will take time before we realize if smoke taint or fire damage are, in fact, an issue. The media loves sensationalilizing - at this point these stories do more harm than good. But you gotta be first . . . Best, jim



Re: Fires in Sonoma

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 06:45:19 UTC

Posted by BEB:
Powerful indeed. Thanks for posting.



Re: Southern Glazer's SOMM Journal: Sequoia Grove feature

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:34:44 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
I don't usually read Southern Glazer's The SOMM Journal since I was dropped from their freeby subscription list. Too many vapid articles and pics of hot chicks/cool dudes. But has I was browsing Barnes&Noble in KC last week, I noticed it sitting there on the shelf and picked it up to browse. Say whot....right there on the cover of the current issue is a familiar face....Molly Hill of SequoiaGrove. (Sorry...no link to the on-line issue is yet available). Molly (no relation...but the niece of Susan's) is. in reality, the winemaker these days at SequoiaGrove. Mike Trujillo is something like director of winemaking or some such, but Molly is the day-to-day winemaker and responsible for making SG the very good wnry it is today. The feature focuses mostly on Molly w/ many of the usual platitudes of making wines true to their terroir and with balance. But it's nice to see Molly being given due credit for what she does at SG. The article (correctly) highlights that SG makes some of the best NapaVlly Cabs t



Re: 2017 Harvest

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:28:20 UTC

Posted by BEB:
Echoing Sean's comments simply to say thanks for your annual post on the harvest. I'm sorry for your friends' losses and the losses of so many others. The pictures alone are devastating. I can't imagine living through it.



Re: WS: Camuto on the Collio Problem

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:23:33 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article in the WS by RobertCamuto: [url=http://www.winespectator.com/blogs/show/id/Italian-Wine-The-Collio-Problem]Camuto/Collio[/url] on the "Collio Problem". The Collio producers feel there are too many varieties and winemaking styles that the "true" identity of the Collio is being lost in the noise and consumers are not having a true appreciation of their wines. Perhaps..but the diversity of the wines from Collio and Brda are what makes, to me, the area so interesting. Their solution is a DOCG identification for a Collio Grandes Selezione, that must be 50%-70% Friulano, and the balance Malvasia and Ribolla. Well....at least the emphasis is on local/indigenous varieties. And the wine will come in a "unique angular bottle". Ah...yes...the secret to marketing your "unique" wine. It's the exact same reason the bocksbuetel has made Francoina wines the most popular of all Germany. :-) But the emphasis is on indigenous native varities. So maybe Chard and SauvBlanc will fade into



Re: Great News.....Mencia in Calif

Sun, 08 Oct 2017 16:59:00 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
[quote=Brad Harrington]sad but true about Temecula. Oh well. When we get around to visiting Lodi, I will contact you for suggestions. I've heard Bokisch is worth a visit too. Never even tasted their wines. [/quote] Yup, Bokisch is doing some good stuff. And Ron Silva at Silvaspoons is worth a visit. Tom



Re: JonBonne on Fiano....

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:24:04 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
In Punch, JonBonne makes a case for the greatness of Campagnia's Fiano grape: [url=https://punchdrink.com/articles/guide-fiano-southern-italy-essential-white-wine/]Bonne/Fiano[/url] He recommends the Ciro Picariello, one that is imported by OliverMcCrum, and one that I particularly like...everything you'd want in a white wine. Oliver asserts that Fiano is a wine that can age particularly well, though I've not yet had an older one. And Jon, correctly, gives props to Ryan&Megan for their Ryme Fiano. Tom



Re: Galloni on SantaBarbara

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:54:11 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
AntonioGalloni has a new report on SantaBarbara: [url=http://www.vinous.com/articles/santa-barbara-better-than-ever-sep-2017]Galloni/SantaBarbara[/url] where the main focus seems to be on the Pinot/Chard paradigm, a sidewise glance at Syrah, and a neglect of many of the other exciting things going on in SantaBarbara. I was particularly amused & broke out into a big gaffaw over his "What I Did Not Like This Year" comment: [quote="Antonio"] SantaBarbara Nebbiolo is not Barolo or Barbaresco[/quote] Well.....doh !! I think SteveClifton's Nebbs are first rate/world-class...with some age on them. As are JimClendenen's. And Marisa & Kris' Bevela Teroldego is right up there w/ Elisabetta's. Anyway, an interesting, if a bit superficial, read. Tom



Re: Revisiting The Retro Wines of Our Youth

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 07:56:51 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
Interesting article by MaryOrlin: [url=http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/26/8-retro-wines-blue-nun-lancers-riunite-where-are-they-now/]RetastingRetro[/url] on retasting the retro wines of our youth (which, for me, was not all that long ago) like Lancers & Riunite & BlueNun. Tom



Re: Decanter: Jefford on Rebula

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 06:57:09 UTC

Posted by TomHill:
A very interesting & nicely done article in Decanter by AndrewJefford: [url=http://www.decanter.com/wine-news/opinion/rebula-slovenia-white-wine-377456/]Rebula[/url] from the recent International Rebula MasterClass recently held in GoriskaBrda. Wonder how that compares to the Mathiasson's RibollaFest in Napa. We spent 5 days in Brda last year & tried every Ribolla and Refosk I could get my hands on. The Vinoteka Brda in Dobrovo is an outstanding place to try a lot of different wines. I agree w/ Andrew's take on the glories of Rebula/RibollaGialla. Tom