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The October Wine & Spirits Magazine In its October issue, the Wine & Spirits crew puts a close eye on the San Francisco Bay Area, and hones in on New & Notable wine options throughout the extended Bay Area from the city, into East Bay, and up into Wine Country. There are some fantastic new places well worth checking out, and cool concepts for new restaurants and wine bars included.
Growing the Vinho Verde: The Wines of OLO In the Basto zone of Vinho Verde, Jorge Quinta of OLO at Quinta da Val-Bôa grows white wines that bring together lifted texture–all lightness and length–with rich flavor. It’s a young project that has already garnered international attention, carrying distribution in the UK, and being regarded as one of the best wines of Portugal for 2014.
Visiting Bragao Vineyard in the Cima Corgo of the Douro In the heart of the Cima Corgo grow the highest quality vines of the Douro, in the hands of the best producer capable of giving layered mountain complexity with a lift of freshness on table wines, the same fruit somehow lively even in the richness of port wine.
Photos from Visiting the Douro with Quinta Dos Murcas After two days in Alentejo we drove to the Cima Corgo region of the Douro to spend a day with Assobio, and Quinta Dos Murcas.
Portugal: A Day in Alentejo with Esporao After a day of travel, we arrived to Lisbon early morning, then drove southeast, checking into a hotel in UNESCO World Heritage site, Evora, Portugal. The city stands within a 15th c. outer standing wall, with the center including portions of an 11th c. fortification. Ancient megolithic monuments, 3rd century B.C.
The New Le Metro Volume with Wines from Spain Aaron Epstein, curator of Le Metro. Wine. Underground., decided it was time to switch things up by going even deeper into his inspirational roots. For Vol XVI of Le Metro, he recalled that it was actually Spain before Italy that triggered his thirst for wine.
The TTB Extends Comment Period on the Proposed Expansion of the Sta Rita Hills map of the current Sta Rita Hills AVA, the proposed expansion would be in the Northeast Late last week the TTB announced it was extending the comment period for Notice No. 145, Proposed Expansion of the Sta. Rita Hills Viticultural Area until December 5, 2014.
A Look at the Aftermath of the Napa Earthquake in Men’s Health “Does anyone know where the pets’ food ended up?” Jill Klein Matthiasson calls out over the noise. A jack hammer cracks against what was the brick staircase to the front door of her historic yellow farmhouse, while 10 of us—volunteers and friends—pack and move boxes from the first floor.
Poe Wines Pinot Meunier from Van Der Kamp Vineyard Yesterday, Samantha Sheehan, and Shawn Johnson of Poe Wines, and I traveled to the Van Der Kamp Vineyard near the top of Sonoma Mountain in order to pick up Pinot Meunier. Along with just picked Pinot Noir, the fruit has been pressed for rosé. Following is a look at the beautiful, while obscure variety.
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.
Antica Terra with Maggie Harrison Maggie Harrison in the Antica Terra Winery, visit August 2012 Two weeks ago, Jamie Goode and I spent the evening visiting with Maggie Harrison, tasting her Antica Terra wines after walking the vineyard. Jamie writes up her Antikythera 2011 Pinot Noir here. Two years ago, Maggie and I met and discussed her views of Chardonnay, among other things.
RIP Paolo Rapuzzi My good friend Jeremy Parzen was kind enough to let me know this morning that Paolo Rapuzzi passed on. His blog post about Paolo is here. In April 2012, several of us spent lunch and part of an afternoon with Paolo, his wife Dina, and their two sons. Paolo showered us with stories of them beginning Ronchi di Cialla, one of my favorite wineries of Italy.
Getting Geeky with Wine & Spirits The Fall 2014 issue of Wine & Spirits just hit the newsstand. I’m pretty psyched about how geeky it gets going deep into the question of how we taste wine. There are sections looking at fine-tuned specifics, like tasting for oak, or flaws.
TTB Official Announcement to Propose Expansion of the Sta Rita Hills The TTB released its official proposal yesterday to expand the Sta Rita Hills AVA to include an additional 2,296 acres. The public comment period for this issue is open until October 6, 2014. To see the official announcement: http://www.ttb ...
Interview on iWineRadio Lynn Krielow Chamberlain hosts a great radio interview series, iWineRadio, looking at various aspects of the wine industry. Last week, she was kind enough to ask if she could speak with me, and the interview launched this week ...
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