Posts Tagged ‘Pinot Noir’

Mar 16, 2006

That Sucking Sound in Napa is Sonoma & Mendocino

Today, in his absurdly good weekly newsletter "Vintage Experiences" (subscription only), Dan Berger has some very interesting thoughts on Napa Valley and the idea of "Wine Country." In short, Dan suggests that Napa Valley, with its informally high prices for wine and the "wine country" lifestyle, is becoming less and less and true wine country where consumers and visitors can count on an authentic, and affordable, experience. But deeper into his article he makes the most important point: Napa Valley’s…

Mar 15, 2006

Celebrating True Wine Geekdom

OK…Let’s see there’s 1. Cabernet Sauvignon 2. Merlot 3. Zinfandel 4. Pinot Noir 5. Viognier 6. Chenin Blanc 7. Chardonnay 8. Pinot Blanc 9. Alicante Bouschet 10. Petit Verdot 11. Cabernet Franc 12. Gewurztraminer 13. Sauvignon Blanc.. ….How many is that…..13?  Hmmm… 87 to go to get into the Century Club:::::::::Sigh::::::::::: I was only made aware of the Century Club when its founder, Steve De Long of DeLong Wine e-mailed me to let me know that Jennifer Rosen, the wine…

Feb 28, 2006

The Great Pinot Noir Event

The International Pinot Noir Celebration is the grandaddy of American Pinot events. It’s also the best wine fest I’ve been to. This year’s IPNC is the 20th. I put out this announcement fairly early because the event always sells out fast. The IPNC is held at Linfield College in McMinnville in Oregon near the Willamette Valley. It’s a beautiful location surrounded by vineyards and wineries. But it’s the tone of the festival that has always struck folks who attend. Those…

Feb 21, 2006

Top 2005 Pinot Noirs

I think it’s fair to say that Pinot Noir is the most exciting area of winemaking in California today. The Pinot Noir category is churning up new producers. Newer Pinot producing regions are strutting their stuff. And, various styles of Pinot Noir are lining the shelves, one next to the other, from the more elegantly styled to the blockbuster powerhouses. It’s really a time of great experimentation and change when it comes to Pinot. This is why it’s so exciting…

Feb 18, 2006

Weekend Links

FERMENTATION’S WEEKEND LINKSFebruary 18, 2006 1. Proposed Federal Budget Hits Wineries Hard 2. Koeppel’s Primer on Red Wine & Chocolate 3. Calling for Competition 4. Wine Events…Everywhere 5. Where Wine, Food & Travel Writers Mingle 6. The eGullet Wine Forums 7. Cheap, Well-Aged, California Pinot Noir 8. The Terroir Confernce 9. Thomas Jefferson’s Cultivated Life 10. Wine Blog of the Week: The Zinquisition