Hale and hearty: Gallo nails it

A guy learns a lot at gatherings like the Wine Writers Symposium, about story pitches, what goes into making good (or flawed) wine, consumer tendencies, etc., etc. In other words, the event is rife with discovery. And, it turns out, rediscovery. I was yacking with W.R. Tisherman, a k a “Tish,” a great writer, insanely […]

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Hello, cru world?

Last summer, my buddy Joe and I journeyed to the Willamette Valley in search of some answers. We didn’t find (m)any, but we had some great wine, food and fellowship. The question that got perhaps the strongest response was whether some slivers of the valley could be likely candidates for a grand-cru-type designation. Most of […]

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Gleanings: 4-9-14

Some nuggets culled from hanging around, and being, a grape nut: • I got a set of verdejos from Rueda, and since my experiences with this varietal have been almost unfailingly positive, I decided to drink them like normal people do rather that the sip, spit and toss routine that is the standard for samples. […]

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Cool hands

Like most folks, I can’t resist a list. They’re usually fun and almost always fodder for endless debate. So when the Daily Meal recently sent a missive about their “60-plus coolest people in food and drink,” I beat feet, or more like quick-clicked, to it. And I actually found a lot to like — until I […]

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Chimney Rock’s Vianna: Unusual background, uncommonly good results

Elizabeth Vianna is probably California’s only winemaker with a Brazilian father and Central American mother, and she’s almost certainly the world’s only winemaker with an undergraduate degree from Vassar. But what makes Vianna really distinctive is the portfolio of wines she crafts at Chimney Rock, including superb cabs (Stags Leap District and single-vineyard) and stunning blends […]

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Rubaiyat on the vine

We owe the English poet Edward FitzGerald a toast for translating the lovely quatrains that comprise “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam [left].” Among the wine-soaked passages: “Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse – and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness, And Wilderness is […]

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