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    Wines of California: Book Review

    Wines of California: Book Review Of course, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are the coolest guys. In this book the "World Wine Guys" take readers on a fab trip into California winemaking, history, and geography ...

    8 readers - By A Wine Story

    First Argentine Wine: Malbec Calling Catena

    Continued from Part 1 of Catena Wine That robust work ethic has been in the Catena family for generations. In 1898, his grandfather Nicola left a small village in Sicily for Argentina. He started planting vines in 1902 and raised a family. His eldest son, Domingo, married Angelica Zapata, a daughter of a large land owner, increasing the family’s holdings.

    8 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      The tides that bind: East Coast swing

      Godello - - 6 readers - Tide’s Out, Big Cove, New Brunswick Tides. The Maritimes. The new viticulture. Headed out for the East Coast, pulled by a great maritime tide, family in tow. To a cape and back. Ontario-New York-Massachusetts-New Hampshire-Maine-New Brunswick-Nova Scotia-New Brunswick-Quebec-Ontario.

      Giving Grand Cru Pinot Noir d’Alsace its due

      Godello - - 6 readers - The Vineyards of Domaine Albert Mann photo (c) https://www.facebook.com/albertmannwines “Pinot Noir, like Riesling, is a mineralogist.” You won’t find a rare or carefully considered older vintage of Pinot Noir tasted and discussed at a Millésimes Alsace Master Sommelier class. Nor will it be featured in a magazine article’s varietal spotlight on the great wines of the region.

      Preparing for the Harvest – Part I

      Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education - - 5 readers - The harvest is here, or at least it’s close. Our Viognier grapes should be ready to harvest next week (I had thought a week ago we’d would have harvested yesterday), and the Merlot and Cab Franc won’t be far behind. My Viognier at the end of August, partially obscured by bird netting, is looking fabulous So, I’ve been scrambling over the past month or so to get ready.

      Science and Wine: The Argentine Marriage of True Vines

      Natalie MacLean - - 5 readers - Continued from Part 2 of Catena Wine That “little project” lasted fifteen years and involved planting 145 Malbec “clones”: the same grape, but from different parent vines, to see which clones would do best in different sites. (“Wine caters to obsessive personalities: it makes you worse,” Nicolás observes with a sigh.

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      Argentina’s Wine Visionary Sees the Future Rooted in the Past

      …Continued from Part 4 of Argentine Wine The 1982 Falklands War with Britain also didn’t help the economy or exports. Then there was hyper-inflation that exceeded 3,000 percent a month, which discouraged foreign investment. Vintners made up for the lost revenue by producing high volumes of poor-quality wines that smelled like bananas rotting…

      1 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Argentina – Part 4

      … a 500-year lead on us, but every year, we jump a decade in learning.” Argentina may be new in consumer memory, but it has a long history of winemaking. It’s another country that doesn’t fit neatly into either the Old World or New World categories, but is more Middle Earth. In 1541, Spanish conquistadors in search of silver (the Latin “argentum” after…

      4 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Science and Wine: The Argentine Marriage of True Vines

      …Continued from Part 2 of Catena Wine That “little project” lasted fifteen years and involved planting 145 Malbec “clones”: the same grape, but from different parent vines, to see which clones would do best in different sites. (“Wine caters to obsessive personalities: it makes you worse,” Nicolás observes with a sigh.) He knew that until the late…

      5 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      First Argentine Wine: Malbec Calling Catena

      … oxidized style that Nicolás calls the “sherry approach to winemaking.” Malbec got no respect in fine wine circles, the stuntman-double of brute strength but no subtlety. Its only role was to beef up the color, alcohol, and tannin in more aristocratic Cabernet blends. “I loved my father very much, so in order to please him, I started a little project on Malbec,” he recalls. Read Part 3 of Argentine Wine Comments comments…

      8 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      Nicolas Catena: Argentina’s Wine Laureate

      …This morning, I’m driving to the Bodega Catena Zapata, the winery that changed my opinion of Argentine wine. I remember drinking a Catena red wine one night at a friend’s house and guessing that it was Australian Shiraz. My body hummed with contentment as I let myself down into its berry-decadence. I was pleasantly surprised to find out what…

      1 readers - By Natalie MacLean

      A traditional afternoon with the wines of Carpineto

      … of winemaking acumen is anything but a hardship. Lithesome of fruit as opposed to sweet, it’s actually bone-dry (one g/L residual sugar), and artfully crafted for both the primi and secondi piatti. “Now we are in the Sangiovese camp, so good to go.” Well said, Antonio. Chianti Classico 2012, Tuscany, Italy (356048, $21.95, WineAlign) For Chianti Classico…

      4 readers - By Godello

      Preparing for the Harvest – Part II

      … get the perfect combination. Waiting can be stressful, and it was hard to resist picking those Viognier grapes last week. A friend at a nearby winery counseled me to wait and deal with the stress, adding, “don’t lose your nerve!” Well, I haven’t. At least not yet! Tags: Carolina Wine Supply, Garagista, home winemaking, Viognier Category: All Posts, Books about wine, Resources, Winemaking…

      1 readers - By Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education

      A common weal of September VINTAGES best buys

      … goes straight to serious wine and attentive winemaking. The barrel is not king, the fruit big and boisterous. It’s a bit hyper-fruity, steroidal even but it is anything but thin and certainly not encumbered by process or wood. A hint of soap is a detractor admittedly, but the acumen and level of higher learning is evident and commendable…

      3 readers - By Godello

      My Dinner With Michael Mondavi

      … wine in volume. We spent a bit of time last night in lively conversation about those bygone days because they not only delivered a near-knockout punch to the industry, and instead of having now a century and a half of experience, California winemaking has only a couple of generations of depth—notwithstanding the admirable and rather amazing feats…

      1 readers - By Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

      Wines of California: Book Review

      …Wines of California: Book Review Of course, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are the coolest guys. In this book the "World Wine Guys" take readers on a fab trip into California winemaking, history, and geography. You will also find some great recipes from local chefs, yet what I liked best of all are Mike's and Jeff's fun, easy "voice," that makes the book entertaining to read rather han a chore. Send to a Friend Twitter Facebook del.icio.us Digg StumbleUpon…

      8 readers - By A Wine Story

      Preparing for the Harvest – Part I

      … month or so to get ready. With a few notable exceptions involving John Updike, virtually all of my reading lately has involved winemaking. And the free time that I haven’t devoted to reading about wine chemistry or winemaking techniques have been spent assembling the equipment and supplies I need to make wine. And it seems that I need a lot. I think…

      5 readers - By Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education

      Giving Grand Cru Pinot Noir d’Alsace its due

      …The Vineyards of Domaine Albert Mann photo (c) https://www.facebook.com/albertmannwines “Pinot Noir, like Riesling, is a mineralogist.” You won’t find a rare or carefully considered older vintage of Pinot Noir tasted and discussed at a Millésimes Alsace Master Sommelier class. Nor will it be featured in a magazine article’s varietal spotlight…

      6 readers - By Godello

      Like Wine? Make Your Own Wine at a Winery in 2014

      …If you want to be a “winemaker” at a winery this year, it’s probably a good idea to contact the winery of your choice as grapes are being harvested now. Wine lovers who want to learn more about how wine is made and want to have a sense of ownership in winemaking can do so at several wineries around the country. On the East Coast several wineries…

      2 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler