Alan Heath caught my ear when he mentioned, off-handedly at lunch yesterday, that he is planning a range of $5 wines from growers in Clare Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine regions. But how would that be possible? Clare Valley wines generally sell for $15 and up.
When I arrived at my moderately priced hotel in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, a wine reception was in progress. Small hotels and inns often offer an early-evening pour of something local, especially in wine country, but we were in midtown L.
Every year about this time my wife and I indulge in a movie marathon to try to see as many of the Oscar-nominated films as possible. That way, when they open the envelopes during Sunday’s broadcast, we know what we’re pulling for.
Note: Back when I reviewed them, I set aside a few wines to taste when they are more mature. In this occasional series I report on wines from the cellar that I probably should have tried earlier, but thought them worth a shot anyway.
In the past week, devastating fires have taken lives in Yarra Valley and central Victoria. Known to most of us as idyllic wine regions, these parts of Australia are not unfamiliar with bushfires. Australian eucalyptus trees burn hot and fast, much faster than the pines and firs in our western forests that go ablaze virtually every summer.
If anyone doubts the current Riesling renaissance, just look at the latest grape production report from Washington. For the first time, the state crushed more Riesling than any other grape variety—28,500 tons, to be exact, or about 38 percent of all the state’s white wine in 2008.
Can a wad of plastic wrap take the effects of TCA out of a tainted wine? I’ve been hearing about this tangentially for a couple of years now, and last month a comment in a New York Times piece by food science guru Harold McGee caught my eye.
I got word that Gary Andrus had died Friday in an email from Josh Bergström, whose eponymous winery ranks among Oregon’s best. Josh wanted me to know as soon as he did, because he understood what an impact Andrus had made on him personally and on Oregon wine more generally.
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