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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 ...
La Clarine Farm 2013 Petit Manseng click on image to enlarge La Clarine Farm Petit Manseng 2013 Fenaughty Vineyard, Placerville, California 13.5% dry 2.9pH 14.1 g/L acidity six months ambient yeast fermentation rested on lees until bottling in August Aromatics and flavors of almond, apricot, pineapple juice and dried lemon with touches of anise, and a lon ...
Happy Holidays! Happy Holidays from Jr & I with Jr this spring It’s time to take my end of year break here on Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews. I’ll be slowing down my time on social media as well, only occasionally sharing updates from work elsewhere. You can still reach me by email. In the meantime, I’ ...
Pioneering Everyday Luxury How Domaine Paul Mas Helped Breathe Life into the Languedoc Jean-Claude Mas of Domaine Paul Mas Jean-Claude Mas of Domaine Paul Mas is often described as a pioneer in the Languedoc, one of the leaders of a new wave of quality winemaking from a previously ignored region.
I think America must see that riots do not develop out of thin air…. A riot is the language of the unheard. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recognition of the mourning our nation continues to face after the Ferguson verdict, this week’s column has been postponed until next week. May we all find within ourselves the courage, calm, and compassion needed to face these challen ...
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 ...
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