Tag Archives: Tablas Creek Vineyard

• Mourvèdre: A wine whose time has come

Mourvèdre: A wine whose time has come

I’M ALWAYS on the lookout for the next big thing in the wine world. It might be something that magically captures the fancy of consumers — such as Prosecco and Moscato d’Asti have this summer — or a trend that suddenly crops up among winemakers. Hold your breath no longer, here it is: Mourvèdre. Now, […]

• Congrats To the Winners of the 2011 Wine Blog Awards

Congrats To the Winners of the 2011 Wine Blog Awards

The 2011 Wine Blog Award winners were announced tonight live at the North American Wine Bloggers Conference. Approximately 340 bloggers and other wine industry members were in attendance to hear the names of the winners: Best Overall Wine Blog – Fermentation Best New Wine Blog – Terroirist Best Writing on a Wine Blog – Vinography […]

• Mourvèdre (more-VEH-dra) grape is tops in Paso Robles

Mourvèdre (more-VEH-dra) grape is tops in Paso Robles

Wine Spectator highlights the grape and the California region with its choice for 2010 Wine of the Year: the 2007 Saxum ‘James Berry Vineyard’ red blend, which is 31% Mourvèdre. It’s hard to pronounce, and it can make wines that smell gamy. But Mourvèdre just might be the best grape grown in Paso Robles, one […]

• How the American wine media portrays the 2010 harvest is critical

How the American wine media portrays the 2010 harvest is critical

I had the chance to meet with two pretty impressive wine minds this morning and an interesting topic emerged: How will the wine media in America portray the 2010 harvest/vintage in California/Napa/Sonoma?

Will they take the proper perspective, talk to numerous vintners and growers, take account of the different pace of ripenng for different varieties and give a balanced perspective?

Or will they undertake to paint with a brush so broad that upon speaking with one grower who described a difficult time or after looking only at one variety in one region or after tasting 4 two-month old barrel samples that don’t provide enough power decide the entire vintage is a bust?

• 2010 a bizarro vintage in California

2010 a bizarro vintage in California

“A year of weirdness,” says Copain’s Wells Guthrie. “Wacky is probably the best way I could describe it,” adds Qupe’s Bob Lindquist. “What a roller coaster,” suggests Cathy Corison of Corison Winery in St Helena. Sensing a theme? Any which way, 2010 will go down as a memorable, bizarro vintage in California. It boils down […]