“Nearly any reasonably good bottle of wine contains grapes grown on vines that have been in the ground for decades – sometimes many decades and even longer. You can’t get much more connected to the past than that.” In a wonderful essay, Tom Natan explores the concept of “romance” in wine.
“At the time Stony Hill was planted, Napa County boasted a mere ten wineries.” Joe Roberts makes the “the steep, two mile drive from Napa Valley’s Bale Grist Mill State Park up to Stony Hill Vineyard.”
In Punch, Shanna Farrell explores the history of women behind — and in front of — the bar.
In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre writes about a recent archaeological dig in Israel which unearthed one of the world’s earliest wine cellars.
“In New York, as in relatively few other areas, there’s little pressure to make a wine ‘typical’ of the region, and adventurous winemakers are taking full advantage of that.” In Wine Spectator, Ben O’Donnell visits Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn and Channing Daughters on Long Island.
Meanwhile, in Grape Collective, Edward Lewine visits Red Hook Winery to check in on the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. In a separate piece, Grape Collective’s Christopher Barnes chats with Red Hook owner Mark Snyder.
In Palate Press, Ben Carter details the four stages to enjoying wine.
“I can’t wait to see what comes next for the Navy Brat from Atlanta, who came to Sonoma County to pursue a dream!” Thea Dwelle profiles Ed Thralls.
Mike Veseth explains how South Africa plans to confronts the “wine bottleneck syndrome.”
Randall Grahm has linked up with Naked Wines, a crowdfunded virtual winery. Mary Orlin has the details.