The concept of vintage fidelity is an intriguing one. Is it an absolute or a relative ideal? All well and good in a great vintage, of course; we’re all in favour of maximum fidelity then. But what about a dismal vintage?
I’ve always tried to taste as a surrogate drinker rather than a vinous policeman, but this episode suggested that I must try harder still...
France, as befits a largely limestone land, is stuffed with deep, dramatic and often beautifully illuminated caves.
Will China one day overtake the USA to become the world’s leading wine-drinking nation?
The picking sortie at Raventos i Blanc gave me a chance to catch up with the Cava rebel, and gauge a little of his thinking.
I’ve been trying to get to the Burgundy harvest for years.
There must surely be some way to tweak the stuffy Bordeaux model, though; to have a bit more fun and informality; to change the message and re-draw all the visuals; to lift the shutters, and let a little more human sunlight in.
The idea was to promenade some key New Zealand Pinot Noir producers on a series of wine dinners, showing off their Pinots and Chardonnays to French diners as they did so, and fetching up in Burgundy.
Should tasting notes not, in fact, be seen as the shame of the wine world? Shouldn’t we ‘just say no to notes’, and settle for a score?
In the same week that Decanter announced its Asia Wine Awards (I’m looking forward to tasting in Hong Kong in September), I found myself having an email conversation with a winemaker from Inner Mongolia.