Anecdotal evidence suggests that Languedoc is on the rise.
Another piece fell into my file last night, Aug. 11, 2011. Finishing up with wine at the Wireless Communications Alliance special interest group for Mobile Applications in lovely Sunnyvale (California). Organizer Gigi Wang brought a wide selection from her home cellar.
Tom Wark, in Fermentation on July, 25, 2011, proposes a schema for measuring/scoring the quality of wine-writing. It is a starting point, rather than a final measurement system.
Mr. Wark describes reasoning for placing focus on three areas:
I would like to add some dimension and robustness to "Commentary". It should spawn discussion threads that run wide and deep, with a long tail.
Throughout the 7/22/2011 morning speed tasting at the North American Winebloggers' Conference in Charlottesville (Virginia), stereotypical views about the unmixability of styles took a pounding as winemakers embraced their roots and their future in a unified re-interpretation of the present where they declared who they are collectively.
From July 22nd through 24th in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fourth annual North American Wine Bloggers' Conference will take place. I am stunned by the honor to attend, bestowed by the generosity of conference sponsors, that I may report to you about the proceedings and charming digressions of #wbc11 through my own aficionado's lens and lingua franca.
Cheers Saint Helena is a marriage made in heaven for the merchants, entertainers, restaurants, and winemakers meeting first Fridays throughout the growing season from 6 to 8 p.m.
I interviewed senior wine educator Michael Jobes on Global #Chardonnay day (May 26, 2011) at The Hess Collection winery in the Mount Veeder AVA of Napa Valley. Working our way through the portfolio, my jaw hit the ground upon diving into this rare gem of noble rot.
On May 26, 2011 (aka #Chardonnay Day), Julianne Laks, winemaker at Cakebread Winery, presented an overview of how their philosophy guides their practices in pressing, fermentation, and aging of Chardonnay. Each wine should be made with an eye toward quality improvement, longer lifetimes, and higher valuations from release going forward.
On May 14, 2011 Raymond Winery briefed a contingent of the wine press on transformations taking place throughout the Boisset Family Estates. Approaching the visitors' center, a Daliesque landscape offers clues to the innovative programs which lay in wait ahead.