In Defense of Connoisseurship: Is Populist Wine Writing Dumbing Things Down?

  By Stephen Eliot I have spent the larger part of my professional life writing and teaching about wine. Neither pursuit has been about simplifying or dumbing down what is a rich and wonderfully fascinating field of interest, but rather they have been about education and understanding both for myself and, I hope, for those who came to me with questions. I have been called a wine geek but never,...

Why Technical Data Leads Us Down The Wrong Street

  By Charles Olken I have a friend in the winewriting business who is known, behind his back, as Dr. pH because he has concluded that only wines of a certain pH (defined as the decimal logarithm of the reciprocal of the hydrogen ion activity in an acqueous solution) are worthy of his intentions. Okay, now repeat after me. I don’t care. Now that I have that out of my system, I can tell...

NY Liquor Regulators Slapped Down For Shady Enforcement Tactic

New York State Representative Phil Steck of Schnectady has introduced a bill in Albany that the New York State Liquor Authority (NYSLA) and its allies in the wholesaler community aren’t going to like. If passed into law, his bill would prohibit the NYSLA from trying to destroy a local wine retailer and put all its employees out on the street. Rep. Steck’s proposed bill, A5920, would prohibit...

Down to Earth Cabernets Shiraz 2013

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Shiraz (55/17/28% respectively). The Cabernets spent time in a in a 3-4 year old 4000L foudr̩ Рa very large barrel. Cedar, dried herb with lovely fruit mix adding to the package: plum skins, mulberry and perhaps a little black cherry. Squarely medium of body, carries that interplay of fruit and savoury characteristics Рthe latter:...