Category Archives: syrah

Wine Blogging Wednesday 71: Edmunds St. John 2009 Wylie Syrah, El Dorado County

Wine Blogging Wednesday has often been very good at getting participants to think outside the wine box. This 71st edition, presided over by Tim Elliott of Winecast, calls upon us to go inside and out: outside the Rhône – geographically – but with Rhône grapes. That, needless to say, leaves many possibilities. Syrah, grenache, viognier, mourvèdre, carignan, [...]
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How much alc./vol. is too much alc./vol.?

With better viticultural techniques and riper fruit comes, in an almost inescapable logic, wines with higher alcohol content. With big New World syrahs, grenaches and zinfandels reaching towards 16% alcohol by volume, and chardonnays and viogniers going for broke at 15%, a question almost inescapably comes to mind: how much is too much? My definite, absolute [...]
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