Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Mar 6, 2014

The Question of Land-Focused vs. Hand-Focused Wines

Today, in nearly any thoughtful discussion of fine wine by knowledgeable drinkers, one finds a near universal bias towards Land-Focused or “terroir-driven” wines over “Hand-Focused” or winemaker-driven wines. This land-focused bias—the belief that wines that accurately depict a terroir are “better” wines—is nothing new. Old World wine drinkers and vintners have held this attitude for generations and have codified the bias into appellation laws. What I’ve been wondering is this: Is a land-focused fine wine bias a more reasonable or…

Mar 2, 2014

Know-Nothings and Demagogues in Sonoma Wine Country

I keep coming back to the issue of wine tasting rooms on the Sonoma town plaza, I think, because this “controversy” that continues to brew in this fine town highlights two of the things I truly detest about local politics: Know-nothings posing as authorities and demagoguery masquerading as reason. The concern among some that there are “too many” tasting rooms on the Sonoma Plaza has caused these two very distasteful things to collide and fold up upon one another and…

Jan 21, 2014

Idiots Residing In the Heart of Wine Country

“A lot of people who live here are concerned it will become a monoculture of retail locations, and wine tasting and wine bars.” This is the sentiment behind a move in my former home, the town of Sonoma, to restrict the number and type of wine tasting rooms that live on or near the town plaza. This article details what will certainly evolve into a major controversy in Sonoma between the idiots and the non-idiots. The folks behind the effort…

Nov 5, 2013

The Wine Organizing Principle: First Varietal, Then Terroir

If a Sonoma Pinot Noir tastes much more like a Burgundy Pinot Noir than it does a Sonoma County Zinfandel, isn’t this a very strong argument for making varietals the organizing idea behind wine? This is the question that occurred to me when I read Andrew Jefford’s article in Decanter that made the opposite case. Jeffords, who is a very clear-headed, succinct and thoughtful writer, gave us the money quote to his argument early in the article when he wrote…

Nov 1, 2013

Introducing The Facebook Wine Cave Page

Read to the bottom of or go to the bottom of this post. I have a plan! Yes. Social media has and continues to change the way wine lovers share their passion. I think we communicate more about wine with other geeks due to social media. We more easily discover fellow geeks. And the ways by which we discover new wines has expanded with social media. But I recently introduced to one of the ultimate examples of the way Social…