If you have the slightest enthusiasm for wine, and some inclination to communicate that passion online, this event should be considered mandatory.
British wine critic Jancis Robinson has something of a romantic debt to American wine. Robinson and co-author Linda Murray have now written American Wine, a comprehensive book encompassing a range of United States wines from the well known to the obscure.
Wine Grapes, the huge new encyclopedic work by Jancis Robinson, Julia Harding, and José Vouillamoz covering 1,368 varieties of grapes used to make wine around the world, is at once full of surprises and unsurprising.
So here I was, last spring, talking away with the recently-departed Marcel Lapierre, the Beaujolais vigneron who was one of the dominant figures of the natural wine movement in its strictest definition—organic in the vineyard, wine made with grape juice only, nothing added (not even sulfur), nothing taken out. And as we got into discussing the risks of wild fermentations without sulfur, I asked him what he recommended doing if a fermentation went off in the wrong direction, with undesirable microorganisms like Brettanomyces taking over the wine’s development.
On behalf of everybody at Palate Press: The online wine magazine and Brother Can You Spare a Bottle, it is my pleasure, my honor, to thank the wine community for its amazing generosity supporting the Wine for Haiti project. The response has been absolutely amazing.