Archive for October, 2013
Ladies, gents, geeks of legal drinking age within your respective countries… I’m happy to announce that the next guest on The Punch Down will be wine critic Antonio Galloni.
Galloni, of course, was formerly on the staff of the insanely-influential The Wine Advocate, and was widely thought to be the heir apparent to TWA founder Robert Parker, Jr. But all of that changed when Galloni left TWA earlier this year (with an ensuing un-served lawsuit from his former employer), and founded his own Internet-based wine publication, Vinous Media.
By reputation and work ethic – and by his long-standing association with TWA – Galloni is widely considered one of the most important and influential wine critics in the U.S.
Join us LIVE at 2PM ET next week, October 29th, for the interview!
Got a question you want us to field to Galloni? Of course you do, if you’re any self-respecting wine geek – so shout ‘em out!
- 12 Davis Bynum Virginia's Block Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley): Svelte it's not; but it *knows* that it looks good to you. $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 10 Cambria Barbara's Clone 667 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Sort of like Bat-Man; being burly doesn't mean you're not awesome. $80 A- >>find this wine<<
- 10 Cambria Clone 23 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Sexy & fresh, and promises it won't tell anyone about its abv if you won't, ok? $52 A- >>find this wine<<
- 10 Cambria Bench Break Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Makes a quiet entrance, but you will soon take notice of her at the party. $34 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Cambria Bench Break Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): Just because you are big, doesn't mean that you can't bust out fresh moves. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Cambria Clone 4 Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): A finish that joyfully, energetically & fervently toasts artisanal bread for you. $27 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (Santa Maria Valley): The food-friendlier version of the over-maligned ABC style Chard. $22 B >>find this wine<<
- 11 Cambria Tepusquet Pinot Gris (Santa Maria Valley): Likes the thermostat set a bit too hot, but otherwise is fun to hang out with. $17 B >>find this wine<<
- 09 Caduceus Sancha Tempranillo (Arizona): Sights set squarely – & tangily – on Spain; you'll want to set yours on hearty roast meat. $60 B+ >>find this wine<<
- 11 Page Springs Cellars Vino del Barrio Blanca (Arizona): Kicking out the vibrancy like Rockette, only she's dancing in a lychee skirt $16 B >>find this wine<<
- 11 Page Springs Cellars Vino del Barrio (Arizona): Ready for burgers, preferably with Native American flute music in the background. $16 B >>find this wine<<
Make your way through the typically-wine-country picturesque town of Stellenbosch in South Africa, pass by the nigh-unpronounceable Blaauwklippen and Paradyskloof (I gave up on trying those tongue-twisters, personally), and you’ll find yourself at a gorgeous mountain-studded spot – Stellenrust – where they number their Chenin Blanc.
But then, you’d probably expect a numerical focus from a place where the proprietor’s name is Dr. Tertius Boshoff. C’mon, if it was from a crime novel you’d roll your eyes!
Boshoff looks nothing like what you’d expect from that name (I envision a modern rendering of Hugo Strange). But he does seem PhD-serious about his wines, and an estate that dates back to 1928 (which is not that long ago by some South African standards, actually) and now encompasses about 400 HA of vineyards across Stellenbosch and the cooler, higher elevation Bottelary Hills, near Cape Town.
The Stellenrust tasting room is a bit of an odd experience, ultra-modern inside but fashioned in some sort of Greco-Roman homage on the outside. And of course, just to throw you off, the wines are French-influenced, with some (their “JJ” line) being made entirely by hand, no machinery allowed.
Confused yet? It’s okay, because the wines are worth the oddities…
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This is the kind of thing that probably gives major wine critics apoplexy.
James Conaway, the talented writer and author of the excellent novel-with-a-wine-soaked-plot Nose, recently penned an article for Worth titled The War Over Wine. It’s cogent, well-conceived, deftly written and fiercely opinionated. In other words, it’s the kind of writing that fills borderline-hacks like me with a burning jealous rage hot enough to turn our faces the shade of a slightly aged Moulin-a-Vent.
Now, normally I don’t pat attention to Worth, mostly because I do not need reading material to fill my time below deck while my yacht is piloted to my own private
dessert (whoops!) desert island. Just perusing the Worth.com website is like stumbling upon the remains of some lost civilization that used the same words we do to communicate, but put them in sequences that no longer have any meaning for us. It’s how Shakespeare appears to the high school student, or how Wine & Spirits appears to mortal wine drinkers, or how Umberto Eco appears to everyone who can read.
Seriously, topics can be found there such as Mutual Fund Strategies in the Aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, the ever-popular Where Is the Best Opportunity in the High-End Luxury Space?, and my personal favorite, 10 Questions for Your Chief Innovation Officer (‘cuz I only had eight questions for mine, so I am clearly a 99-percenter slacker!)
Anyway… Conaway’s piece seems somewhat out of place in Worth in that context, but it’s the kind of article that makes me want to take up arms and shout from the rooftops, in the hope that it’s less a tempest-in-a-teapot and more a topical-sh*tstorm-about-to-explode (as The Tick might have shouted, “from the mighty butt checks of wine media justice!”)…
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