I recently visited an area of Tuscany that is, ironically, probably better known for old school Vespa production than for wine, despite being in a prime tourist location between some of the region’s most popular northern cities: Terre di Pisa. It’s an area with a tight-knit, talented group of producers, and some of the more fascinating vineyard soils that you’ll ever see (and believe me, I’ve seen a lot of them).
I wrote about the experience for Palate Press, which you can check out via the link below:
I’m not going to give away the wine geekiness goodies from the article here (c’mon, you’re not really that lazy, are you?) but I thought that I’d at least list and link the wines highlighted in the piece:
Americans flipping the bird to the rest of the world
I travel the world. A lot.
For example, I was in Chile when Donald Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America (and yes, I voted by mail before I’d left for the trip).
Since Trump’s election, I’ve traveled to other countries, all for wine-biz-related stuff, and the same question keeps being asked to me by well-meaning but concerned members of the wine biz. The same two questions, actually.
How the f*ck did that just happen?!??
What do you think Trump’s presidency means for the wine business?
I’m not only unequipped to answer the first question, I don’t think that, if I were, I’d have a decent, coherent explanation anyway (see the attempts by everyone else).
Regarding answering the second, I’ve got some good news/bad news for you. This is what I’ve been answering to everyone posing that second question to date:
Probably not much.
Since that seems a little (too) brief, I feel compelled to go into the details. But trust me, they won’t get us much further along the path to a viable answer…
So, like, what is this stuff, anyway? I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!
15 M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc (Cotes du Roussillon): Long name, longer value, for a short stack of cash. $15 B+ >>find this wine<<
15 Domaine Laroche Saint Martin Chablis (Chablis): Floral, fragrant, flinty, fresh & fruity; so, there's not much not to love here. $32 B+ >>find this wine<<
12 McCay TruLux Zinfandel (Lodi): Equating the words Zinfandel and Lovely in an elegantly concise winemaking – & drinking – equation. $32 A- >>find this wine<<
15 Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer (Sonoma Coast): Outsized, but absolutely no doubt that it's in fine varietal and imbibing form. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
14 Etude Ellenbach Vineyard Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast): Brought to you by the letter B – Bold, Big, Beautiful. As in, totally BAF. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
14 Etude North Canyon Vineyard Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley): Familiar enough to get close, darkly intriguing enough to surprise. $45 A- >>find this wine<<
NV Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs (California): Currants, class, and a handy penchant for being quite conversant at the dinner table. $22 B+ >>find this wine<<
14 Dutton Goldfield Azaya Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir (Marin County): Spot of blackberry tea. dear? You'd be a fool to refuse this one. $58 A- >>find this wine<<
14 Dutton Goldfield McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir (Fort Ross-Seaview): Yes, it will age well; no, you will not want to wait anyway. $62 A- >>find this wine<<
14 Stony Hill Vineyard Chardonnay (Napa Valley): A green apple goddess bestowing her mineral pixie dust blessings upon on you. $48 A- >>find this wine<<
It’s been a little while since I was a guest on the eminently entertaining and perennially NSFW We Like Drinking podcast, so I was all-in when they asked me to join a cadre of Jeffs (show hosts Jeff Eckles and Jeff Solomon, and former-Philly-wine-guy Jeff Kralik) for their 98th episode.
Now, since this was a virtual drinking session, we of course all brought some libations. And given my recent deep dive into the world of Port, I thought it only fitting to sip (ok, maybe a bit more than sip) some Portuguese elixir during the WLD podcast…
One thing’s for sure about Quinta de la Rosa, they like their wines bold, but fresh, fruity, and decidedly un-cloying, even in the realm of their dessert wines. Such is the case with their 20 Year Tawny Port, aged in both 550L old oak pipes and tonels, which (true to form with their other Port offerings) is vividly brighter in color than most other Tawnies, and decidedly fresh in its palate vibrancy. Don’ get me wrong, we’re still talking about a pecan pie pairing wine, but even in its dried-fig-iness there are fresher fig and plum aromas and flavors peeking out.
Other than a slightly less oxidized profile, you get everything that you’d expect from an aged Tawny: palate richness, powerful alcoholic presence, baking spices, toasted almonds, liqueur and caramel notes. It’s just all delivered in a mouthfeel that has a lot more lift than one might expect, and, I’d bet, would be dangerously easy to imbibe for anyone within arm’s length distance of an open bottle.
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