Never one to mince words, W. Blake Gray visited South Africa this year and in this and a companion piece on his own site, explored the effect of wind on terroir and wondered how much progress has been made in South African wine post-apartheid.
Michelle Locke has picked up some of the Palate Press spirits beat, and this year her pursuit of spirits for this publication has taken her to Mexico, Scotland, Ireland, and France. Her Irish travel piece, though, stands out since it has one of the best ledes we've ever run.
Best of 2015: Old Vines: In the Rhône Valley, it’s Not a Marketing Slogan, it’s Saving the 2015 Vintage
Evan Dawson's always insightful wine writing for Palate Press often covers the Rhône and here he revisits the "old vines make better wines" marketing trope.
Spirits, sugar, drop of water, bitters, twist – there’s nothing very complicated about the old fashioned. But those five ingredients -- along with a few dashes of over-the-top kitsch -- have added up to an acti...
With the rise and rise of the smartphone, and the march of social media into every corner of our lives, the desire to rate, review, critique and “share” every waking moment is omnipresent. But when is this appropriate, and when does it simply degenerate into rudeness or irrelevance?
How do winemakers need to think about canned wine differently? Does the canning process need to be altered to avoid damaging the wine, or is it just the same as canning a pale ale, or diet cola? What is the science behind canned wine?