Category Archives: Estados Unidos

22jun/15
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When Mohammed won’t come down from the mountain

So I called up this winery the other day. It’s not too far away from Oakland. I’m putting together another tasting and asked if I could buy a bottle of their Cabernet Sauvignon and have it shipped to me. The guy—the owner-proprietor, I think—said no. He said it’s not worth his while to “drive […]

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21jun/15
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Washington Wine Tasting Notes from the U.S. Open

Did y’all check out my preview of the Washington wine I’d be enjoying during the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay? Well it was no idle chit-chat, I actually went and spent a fair bit of time in the tent, trying a handful of wines and a cider. (Thanks to the Washington Wine Commission, who gave me [More]

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20jun/15
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Lodi Native: Redefining Old Vine Zinfandel

Lodi is home to a ton of Zinfandel, 111,000 tons, actually. In 2011, that amounted to 32% of all Zin grown in California, according to Wines of Lodi California, a trade group. But in this historically rich region between Sacramento and Stockton, the best juice comes from single vineyards of old gnarly vines. To highlight […]

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Lodi Native: Redefining Old Vine Zinfandel

19jun/15
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Friday Fishwrap

No new post today. We’re gearing up for the Warriors parade this morning in Oakland and are so excited we can’t even think! But I want to give a big “thank you!” to the lovely people who came to my talk last night at the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group. Have a great weekend.

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19jun/15
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Daily Wine News: Summer Wine Roundup

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov picks 20 bottles made for summer, all $20 or less. “It’s not a question of red or white or even pink. All are good as long as they come in the proper summer weight.” Lettie Teague finds “perfectly pleasant, reasonably priced wines” that she “would be happy to […]

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Daily Wine News: Summer Wine Roundup

18jun/15
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What are the traits of westside GSMs from Paso Robles?

This was our objective at yesterday’s tasting. The answer: high alcohol tremendous fruity extract thick tannins soft acidity full-bodiedness a sense of sweetness Think about each of those. Each element is at the utmost of the limits of a table wine to remain balanced. In this high-wire act, if you make the slightest error, […]

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18jun/15
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Daily Wine News: The Rise of Prosecco

Alder Yarrow offers highlights from the 7% Solution Tasting, “one of the most interesting wine tasting events held each year in San Francisco and Healdsburg.” In the World of Fine Wine, Michael Edwards takes a look at the rise and rise of Prosecco, and features the wines of Primo Franco, “the trailblazer for this cream […]

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18jun/15
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Comin’ Up Rose At Fix.com

Writing about rosé wines in the Spring / early Summer is fraught with pitfalls, most involving haters going ballistic on the authors, along the lines of “WTF?!?? Drink rosé all year long, you talentless freak!” It’s not that those people are wrong; I share their opinion that rosé ought to be a drinking option no […]

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17jun/15
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Daily Wine News: Wine List Obligations

In Wine Spectator, Matt Kramer wonders if wine directors and sommeliers have an obligation to feature local wines on their lists. “To winegrowers, local restaurants have an obligation to showcase their wines. After all, look at how chefs champion local ingredients… Aren’t wineries part of the locavore ethos? Aren’t local vineyards a fundamental part of […]

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17jun/15
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“The 100-point system is irrelevant”? Umm, sorry, no it’s not

Haha, people have been saying the 100-point system is irrelevant for at least 100 years. Well, maybe the last 10 years. And now comes this blog from the Napa Valley Wine Academy that makes it official. Well, who or what is the Napa Valley Wine Academy? They call themselves (on their website) “America’s premier […]

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“The 100-point system is irrelevant”? Umm, sorry, no it’s not