Category Archives: Ampelography

Rhône Revival

Rhône Revival Not often does wind get credit for winemaking, but in France’s Rhône Valley, the Mistral deserves some respect, in so much as it is contributing to a new Rhone Revival. Sending cool air down the Rhône River as … Continue reading

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Jancis Robinson’s Wine Grapes Book Review in SAVEUR

SAVEUR, December 2012 Issue Here’s a copy of my recent and short book review of Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson and her co-authors in SAVEUR’s December 2012 issue. Roots Matter: Wine Grapes by Jancis Robinson, Julie Harding and José Vouillamoz … Continue reading

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UNDER THE RADAR REDS – 3 Reasons To Love Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah & Tannat

1. Food-friendliness, 2. Robust Character, and 3. Ample Flavors Just because these grapes may be unfamiliar, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try one of a trio of robust reds for your next cassoulet, spaghetti and meatballs or roasted pork-loin accompanied … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Endangered Wine Region: Portugal’s Colares Appellation

The deep roots of the Ramisco grape almost literally reach right back to the very establishment of Portugal as an independent kingdom on the Iberian peninsula.  Noted in documents written more than five centuries ago, the wines of Colares (pronounced ko-larsh) … Continue reading

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In The ZIN Zone

ROSY or RED, ZINFANDEL REMAINS A WINE TO BE RECKONED WITH…. by David Lincoln Ross Zinfandel enjoys a colorful if complicated identity. It’s red (though deep purple might be more precise). It’s white (though actually pink when labeled “white”). It … Continue reading

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Burgundy 2009 – A Drinker’s Vintage Par Excellence

In Burgundy, a relatively tiny wine region in total surface, but marked by vast differences in climate, soil and wine-making styles, any generalization about a given vintage is difficult, if not downright dangerous.  So experts from Jancis Robinson MW to … Continue reading

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