Without a doubt, one of the most recognizable styles of wine in the world is Champagne. Regardless of your level of wine knowledge, or even if you despise the beverage with all of your being, you know Champagne.
In a most delicious twist of serendipitous weather, we are producing here in California what I’m calling “adult” wines. That is, because of a confluence of maturation in the marketplace and three consecutive cool growing seasons we’re seeing wines that are more balanced, more elegant, and wines that have—I dare say it—less alcohol.
Heaven, it turns out, is exactly how I had always hoped it would be; a small restaurant with tables looking out over a vineyard, a glass of fine Pinot Noir at hand and duck. Slow roasted, melt off the bone, duck confit to be precise.
It’s a cliché to say this, but in the U.S., Romanian wine is as mysterious as a Transylvanian castle. In fact, Transylvania is one of the three major wine-growing areas of Romania, I learned this summer when some of that country’s major wine producers paid a visit to New York City.
Arguably the world's pre-eminent wine region, Bordeaux is not readily associated with emerging trends like natural or low-intervention winemaking. In this region, the celebrity Crus classés [Classified Growths] have transitioned from mere wine producers into luxury brands, and protecting those brands—read not taking risks—is their major priority.
If you look at a map, it's hard to see why Idaho wouldn't grow wine grapes about as well as eastern Washington. Until recently, it wasn't close, except geographically. Today, better viticulture, an influx of talent, and global warming are contributing to an increasingly interesting Idaho wine scene.