Oh Canada

Oh Canada

Recently, I was in Ontario at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration to give the keynote speech (title: The Theory of Cool). Over the course of 3 days, I tasted a slew of chardonnays and… Continue reading

The End of Nature?

If any industry should be panicked by Donald Trump’s decision to disengage the United States from the Paris climate accord, it is our own.  That decision—as depressing, infuriating, and frightening as it was—was also something… Continue reading

What is Elegance in Wine?

I often hear people say a wine is elegant; and I describe certain wines that way too. But what is elegance in wine? If you look up elegance in the dictionary, the synonyms are grace, style,… Continue reading

The New Four-Letter Word: Ripe

The wine industry’s new four letter word is ripe. Listen to any vintner or winemaker talk about their style of wine, and no matter what that style actually is, the resulting wine is said to… Continue reading

Pinot Hits New Heights

California Pinot Noir

I once asked Luke Smith, owner/winemaker of Howling Bluff winery in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia what it was like to make pinot noir. He paused for a moment then said, “Making pinot is… Continue reading

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