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Exploring Wine Perception with Jordi Ballester image found: http://www.redcandy.co.uk/images/upload/productpics/artland-midnight-black-wine2.jpg Jordi Ballester, professor at Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, led a special add-on seminar at International Pinot Noir Celebration (IPNC) that happened this weekend in Willamette Valley, Oregon.
A Look at Napa Valley Rachel and I walked downtown Napa yesterday taking pictures. A room from the second floor of the building that held Carpe Diem, a restaurant that hosted a bitching locals’ night making wine bottles half-off on Tuesdays, now sits on the sidewalk below. The roof dangles over it.
Touring the Willamette Valley with Jamie Goode + Jr Jamie Goode and I were able to spend a day doing visits in the Willamette Valley. Jr accompanied us and did some filming along the way. Following our a few photos from our stops. Jamie Goode in Adelsheim‘s Calkin’s Lane Vineyard David Paige, winemaker Adelsheim Adelsheim vineyard designate Pinot NoirClare Carver, Big Table Farm ...
The Challenges of Natural Wine One of the criticisms regularly leveraged against the so-called Natural wine movement is its lack of definition. Critics of the phenomenon repeat the point as a central proof of the movement’s lack of legitimacy. Some writers, however, have also asserted that lack of definition could be an advantage.
Growing Arizona Wine with Maynard James Keenan Maynard James Keenan in his Judith Vineyard, Jerome, Arizona, November 2014 “No one knows if Nebbiolo works here, so why not just try it?” Maynard James Keenan tells me. “If it doesn’t work, I know Sangiovese does so I can graft over.” We are walking the terraces of Keenan’s Judith Vineyard on a steep slope side of Jerome.
Considering California Sparkling Wine Michael Cruse at Cruse Wine Co. smelling his pet-nat Valdiguie, November 2014 “We really want to make a California sparkling wine with all that entails,” Michael Cruse of Cruse Wine Co, and Ultramarine sparkling wine, tells me. All it entails includes the ripe fruit flavors characteristic of California’s sun, a feature that historically ...
Biodynamics Posters by Hawk Wakawaka! You people are sure nice. I finally got pushed into figuring out how to have posters printed, as well as how to sell them cause people kept pestering me. Geez, I’m slow sometimes. So, by request — Biodynamics Posters now available! 13″ x 17.5″ on matte white poster paper. $3 ...
Brown Bag Wine Tasting I’ve already mentioned here how much I enjoy William Shatner’s new series, Brown Bag Wine Tasting on Ora.TV. It’s interesting for its thoughtfulness. I’m as curious about what Shatner picks up on in the person he’s speaking with, as I am in what he or she shares, as well as the irreverent stuff they end up saying about wine.
Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt Joshua Greene and 15 sommeliers from around the country fielding questions about domestic wines at the end of their Wine & Spirits Sommelier Scavenger Hunt presentations To open their Top-100 festivities this year, Wine & Spirits hosted their inaugural Sommelier Scavenger Hunt on Monday of this week.
Meeting Prudy Foxx, Santa Cruz Mountains In July 2013, The Sommelier Journal invited me to accompany their sommelier Terroir Experience through the Santa Cruz Mountains. There Prudy Foxx of Foxx Viticulture, the premier viticultural consultant for the region, hosted us for a tasting, and discussion of some of the unique winegrowing elements of the Mountains.
Alaska Native Studies Interview by Thomas Swensen how meta. A screen capture of a site with a screen capture of my site. Thomas Swensen is a professor of Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University, having done his graduate studies at UC Berkeley. His family originates from Kodiak Island, a place my mom returns to often as her great grandmother’s family originates there as well.
Truchard Vineyards & Winery looking towards the fault line that runs through Truchard Vineyards — each hill contains a different soil type, and grows a different grape variety One of the first to plant in North Carneros, Tony Truchard began establishing his Truchard Vineyards in 1974 at a time when others thought growing vines in Carneros might be crazy.
Nonino Grappa Cocktails the bar at the Gritti Palace, Venice Fall’s cooler weather, and aromatic breezes proves a perfect time to shift to warming aromatic cocktails. Part of the Nonino project instigated by the three daughters has been working with mixologists around the world to create unique cocktails using the Nonino distillates.
Listening to Giannola Nonino A year ago a few of us were lucky enough to share two days with the Nonino family. The Noninos are the most well known grappa producers in Italy, known for a series of innovations in production that succeeded in raising the status of grappa worldwide. While Benito Nonino distilled the grappa, his wife Giannola developed many of the ideas, and pa ...
Biodynamics Posters Interested in a Biodynamics poster? I’m picking up poster samples this week of the following image. It will be available for purchase here. If you’re interested in buying one, email me (lilyelainehawkwakawaka (at) gmail (d0t) com). For those of you curious about what biodynamics is all about, here ...
Visiting School House Vineyard John M Gantner at School House, July 2014 It’s a hint of old Napa — a vineyard far up Spring Mountain set down a slope behind an old house. There are no signs inviting visitors, or announcing the name. It’s the site of School House Vineyards. What is now School House Vineyards began as an 1800s 160-acre homestead, the School House just at the ...
Olives in Napa the Matthiasson crew harvesting olives for milling, Napa, Oct 2014 Olives are ripe in Napa Valley. Their harvest has begun. Yesterday, the Matthiassons harvested olives and brought them to the mill to press into oil. They use the oil for personal consumption, and also make it available to their wine club members as an option to add to club shipments.
Brown Bag Wine Tasting: William Shatner interviews Misha Collins I’m a fan of William Shatner‘s new Ora.tv interview wine show, Brown Bag Wine Tasting. When the show started, Shatner traveled around doing short-segment interviews with regular people asking them about their job details, then he’d blind pour each of them some sort of wine and get the person to describe the wi ...
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