Tyler Colman (aka Dr. Vino) reports that Sea Smoke — located in the western end of Santa Barbara’s Santa Rita Hills — has decided to put “California Grand Cru” on its labels for its 2009 vintage. The move is perfectly legal, but it’s “the most audacious packaging move” Tom Wark has “ever seen” by a California winery. And he thinks the decision was a mistake. What do you think?
Pia Mara Finkell thinks that drinking local should be part of the “eating local” craze. I agree! But too rarely practice what I preach.
Too many consumers still think of Australia’s wines as an “over-processed, over-marketed and over-discounted, thoroughly industrial product.” But according to Jancis Robinson, Australia is now “teeming with small-scale, well-travelled vignerons who are much more likely to take a Burgundian domaine as their model than to follow blindly the high-tech strictures of an Australian oenology degree.”
In Argentina, according to Andrew Jefford, “The red wines are better than ever.” In his latest Decanter column, Jefford argues that Argentina is home to “one of the greatest red-wine terroirs in the southern hemisphere.” The white wines, though, are still struggling.
In California, 2011 wasn’t the year of “endless sun and ripe bounty.” As Jon Bonné explains, “grapes were delayed first by frost, then by rain and cool weather throughout the spring.”
For the past two years, Copenhagen’s Noma has been named the world’s best restaurant in San Pellegrino’s Best Restaurant in the World competition. And the wine list, shockingly, doesn’t include a single bottle of Bordeaux. On the Wall Street Journal’s wine blog, Jay McInerney investigates.
“There’s something undeniably electric about a room full of people who are all deeply passionate about great wine — it’s an experience that’s impossible to duplicate on the Internet.” That’s why, this Friday, Lettie Teague will attend a Zachys auction at Gotham Bar and Grill.
A reminder: Terroirist is giving away two pairs of tickets to Wine Riot DC on October 22. Today is the LAST DAY to enter the contest!