PALATE PRESS » Features http://palatepress.com The Online Wine Magazine Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:59:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Cruising the Wine Islands Of the Southwest of France http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/25780/ http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/25780/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:30:27 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25780 Think of the area’s 18 appellations as an archipelago of isolated vinous enclaves. In many ways, France’s Southwest wine region makes little sense. Few of its 18 individual appellations – 12 AOPs and 6 IGPs – barely touch each other. Instead, they are isolated by buffers of woodlands or vast fields of grains and grazing […]

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Profitability and Elusiveness in Central Otago http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/profitability-elusiveness-central-otago/ http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/profitability-elusiveness-central-otago/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:05:28 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25740 A decade ago, New Zealand’s Central Otago region seemed like the next place for a wine boom. In the 1970s, there were no wineries. There were only six in 1990, but five years ago, there were more than 50. But the boom has stopped, and reality is setting in. The region consistently makes very good […]

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Mindfulness, microbes, and manure: Making biodynamic wine in Central Otago http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/biodynamics-central-otago-pseudoscience-still-good/ http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/biodynamics-central-otago-pseudoscience-still-good/#comments Mon, 10 Mar 2014 04:00:03 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25724 I don’t think much about biodynamics – I don’t think about it often, and when I do, it’s with skepticism. Astrology, a main thread tying the biodynamic system of agriculture together, is a sure sign for me to toss something into the recycling bin. But a recent trip to Central Otago and meeting three of […]

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Southern California Dreamin’: How Ventura County’s Micro Wineries Are Trying to Break Through http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/southern-california-dreamin-ventura-countys-micro-wineries-trying-break/ http://palatepress.com/2014/03/wine/southern-california-dreamin-ventura-countys-micro-wineries-trying-break/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 04:56:33 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25679 If American winemaking has a twenty-first century mantra, it’s “great wine is made in the vineyard.” The concept of terroir – of the place where grapes are born triumphing over the actions of winemakers when producing fine wine – is inescapable, even for an area that remains the young upstart in comparison to more established […]

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Just Like Chicken? Finding the Way to Oregon Chardonnay http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/just-like-chicken-finding-way-oregon-chardonnay/ http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/just-like-chicken-finding-way-oregon-chardonnay/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 06:48:50 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25642 “Chardonnay is like chicken.” Years ago, while working for a small Oregon winery, a winemaker threw me off guard with this unexpected comment about his favorite wine.  It seemed strange to me, at the time, that someone who could chose from nearly any grape variety in the book chose Chardonnay as his favorite. So one day […]

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I’ll have some Roussillon, hold the Rivesaltes http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/ill-roussillon-hold-rivesaltes/ http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/ill-roussillon-hold-rivesaltes/#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 04:23:02 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25602 Today I take pleasure in upending one of the most common wine story tropes: the “disappearing underappreciated wine” story. These stories play the emotions like a zither: loss, urgency to act, the opportunity to be one of a special group of people who appreciate exotic beauty. I’ve written a bunch of them: about Madeira, artisan […]

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Terroir is for Weirdos, and other Place Lessons from Beer http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/terroir-weirdos-place-lessons-beer/ http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/terroir-weirdos-place-lessons-beer/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 05:00:16 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25549 Whether beer can have terroir is an open question.

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American Syrah’s Big Moment? How Rising Rhône Prices Might Be a Game-Changer http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/american-syrahs-big-moment-rising-rhone-prices-might-game-changer/ http://palatepress.com/2014/02/wine/american-syrahs-big-moment-rising-rhone-prices-might-game-changer/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:39:33 +0000 http://palatepress.com/?p=25516 Some time during the last ten or fifteen years, Northern Rhone Syrah went nuts. Yes, Chave rouge has been a big-ticket bottle for many years. But it wasn’t that long ago that Clape Cornas and Jamet Cote-Rotie were $35 a bottle. Maybe not an everyday price, but accessible. Today, Cote-Rotie starts around $75, with Jamet […]

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