America’s New Wine Hero
There is a new Wine Hero.
And you should salute him. You should shout his name from the tallest grapevine.
Read Alan Goldfarb’s story at Appellation America in which he reports that Corti will no longer sell any wines over 14.5% alcohol.
"They (high alcohol wines) make you very tired. My
idea of a really good bottle of wine is that two people finish the
bottle and wish there was just a little bit more. Some of these wines
with high levels of alcohol — you can’t finish the bottle. You don’t
want to finish the bottle."
Goldfarb is, as far as I know, the only person to interview Corti on this subject. And it’s well worth a close reading. Corti is famous as being among the foremost authorities in CA on Italian wines. His family has owned Corti Brothers store in Sacramento for 50 years. The man is highly respected and deservedly so.
What could Corti’s decision and articles like this about his decision lead to? Exposure. Exposure to the idea that great wine does NOT need to be 14, 15 and 16 percent alcohol…even if it comes from sunny California. There is a generation of serious wine drinkers in America that have been convinced that it must put you under the table to be any good.
They’ve been misinformed.