Category Archives: winemaking

Wine From Here: exploring the natural wine movement in California

What is natural wine? What does it mean to make a natural wine? And how is natural wine taking hold in the vineyards and wineries of California? Those are the questions that Wine From Here, a documentary by Martin Carel and his brother Matthieu that is premiering on Thursday night in San Francisco. Wine From [...]
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Live wine blogging from WBC11 in Charlottesville, Virginia

The fourth annual Wine Bloggers Conference started officially at 1 PM today in Charlottesville, Virginia, with a great, down to earth keynote speech from Jancis Robinson, followed by breakout sessions (including the one on local wine, which I was happy  to take part in with Lenn Thompson, Frank Morgan and Dave McIntyre). But now, the crazy [...]
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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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Natural wine: a more practical point of view

Since I last wrote on the subject in the spring, the natural wine debate has only heated up and taken some unexpected turns. From Alice Feiring to Jancis Robinson, Steve Heimoff, Jon Bonné and Mike Steinberger, a lot of people have pitched in with their point of view and sometimes controversies, as I point out [...]
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In praise of diversity (or engineering it): Jura, New Zealand and yeast strains

I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do, this past couple of months, partly because I found it hard to run through wine regions at a fast pace, absorb all the information and write something coherent about it at the same time, partly because the day job has been very busy, partly because [...]
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