Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman tastes through the Chehalem Reserve and Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noirs from 2002 through 2007 with vintner Harry Peterson-Nedry, offering his tasting notes below, but ends up talking a lot more about tannins and structure than anything else.
On a nine-day vacation in Arizona, the focus was on sightseeing and visiting friends and relatives, not food and wine. Getting good eats and something better than average to drink with dinner was a challenge.
To choose the wines for the menu featuring the food of chef Michael Mina in Wine Spectator’s Nov. 30 issue, I asked his wine director, Rajat Parr, to select three possible wines for each dish. Parr says Mina’s food find their own balance and work seamlessly with well-balanced wines. This tasting demonstrated why it’s balance, not any specific elements in the wine and food, that make a great match.
Wine Spectator senior editor Harvey Steiman says not to be surprised if your favorite local sommelier suggests an Australian Pinot Noir, or maybe a nice glass of down under Sauvignon Blanc. The country’s wines other than Shiraz and Chardonnay apparently are making quite the impression in a series of six intensive immersion programs designed to “explore the less well-known corners of Australia’s viticultural landscape.”