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I find it rather strange and hypocritical that Hardy criticizes the wines at WBC11 in general, but only mentions CalNaturale in his tweets, and then berates everyone else as "bottom feeders", goading us to be critical of the wines. These posts seem to be all about Hardy, and how he didn't feel entitled enough in C'ville, rather than about the wines. To be sure, many of the best Virginia wineries were not participating in WBC11, and some of its worst were. So I think "y'all" got a balanced picture, though incomplete. But I hope you won't be goaded by this silly "catfish" comment to be negative just to prove your bona fides as wine writers/bloggers. I like to compare Virginia and California wines with the image of triangles. Virginia has some top quality wines that can stand among the best of the world, but that's the tip of the triangle; the base is wide and varied. California may be an inverted triangle. There's a lot of crappy wine made in California, and yet there's more at the top level, too. Virginia is doing something exciting - something that everyone thought could not be done if only because Jefferson couldn't do it 200 years ago. Don't be locked in a negative mindset about the possibilities out there.
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Congrats, Lenn, Evan and team! Well deserved kudos. (Hmm, Len Evans - is this an Australian blog??) Cheers, Dave
At a tasting in the Dry Creek Valley a few years ago, someone asked why winemakers were producing wines with higher alcohols. It was David Rafanelli, I believe, who replied, "Because we can." If memory serves, he may have mentioned global warming, but more relevant were vineyard techniques (trellising) that helped ripen grapes more evenly, and more efficient yeast strains that carried through fermentation. And of course, the choice of when to harvest. I don't believe wine critics were mentioned.
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I opened a special bottle the other night: Red Newt Cellars Cabernet Franc 2008, from Glacier Ridge Vineyards in the Finger Lakes. It was everything an Eastern U.S. cab franc should be. It had vibrant medium-deep color, cherry fruit spiced... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Wine lovers in Virginia and Maryland can come out of the shadows this Friday when it becomes legal to do the things we’ve been doing all along. Virginia’s corkage law takes effect on July 1, making it legal for restaurants... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
A roundup of recent news from the world of wine: * Bordeaux is in the throes of its annual frenzy of futures (or en primeur) sales as chateaux, buoyed by rave reviews from journalists, release the prices for their 2010s.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Gather a few winegrowers together and ask them about their craft, and you’re likely to hear some thought-provoking answers. Such was the case earlier this month when I moderated a panel discussion on “green” winemaking at the National Museum of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Local and regional wines were in the spotlight at the Masters of Food and Wine event early this month. It was the Park Hyatt Washington’s second time participating in this event, which occurs throughout the year at several of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
The inevitable has happened. There are now wine magazines created exclusively for the iPad. The tablet computer is a media revolution, so it isn’t surprising that we now have wine publications dedicated exclusively to this format. It isn’t a complete... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
If you’re planning to hit some Virginia wineries this summer, you may want to take them along in your pocket. Virginia Wine in My Pocket, that is, a new app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that provides information about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
It was chilly and damp, but not too cold by the time we got to the Loire.
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Wine lovers are always searching for the taste of terroir in their wines, but they rarely taste wines in their terroir. I experienced the latter — literally — in one of the strangest wine tastings I have ever enjoyed. It... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Sidney Moore Margolis passed away April 9. DC wine lovers of a certain age will remember her as the proprietor of Mayflower Wines & Spirits on M St NW, near the old Marriott hotel and Blackie's House of Beef. It... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Finally! After years of waiting, Maryland wine lovers will soon be able to send wine home from their California vacation, thanks to a new law approved by the state legislature in the session just ended. In a time when the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
So let the naming games begin: Donald Trump has purchased the Kluge Estate winery and vineyard near Monticello, apparently as a “white knight” investor to keep Patricia Kluge and her husband, Bill Moses, in charge of the winery. Trump purchased... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
The 2011 Conference is underway, with a discussion about Missouri's reliance on non-vinifera grapes. The great Doug Frost is leading the discussion with three of the Show Me State's leading winemakers: Andrew Meggitt of St James Winery, Cory Bomgaars... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
DLW11 Is underway in St Louis. We started today with a discussion of how wineries can use social media like Facebook, Twitter and blogs to connect with consumers on their own terms, without going through the choke point of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
I haven't been posting much lately because I've been too damn tired. And I was unable to make it to Taste Washington in Seattle, unfortunately. But I am excited that I'll be able to get away this weekend to St.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
What's the best way to share the fun of the Missouri Twitter Taste-off at DLW 2011: Missouri? Follow the festivities on Twitter at #DLWMO. And, the Twitter experts report, there is also much DLW information at #DLW (though some... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 19, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
In high school, I hated public speaking class. In grad school, I was a lousy teaching assistant. But maybe that's because I didn't have anything worth speaking about. Like wine, for instance. In the next few weeks I'll be venturing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Dave McIntyre is now following Jeff Siegel
Mar 13, 2011
If you're dying to get your hands on some cult California pinot noir, here's your chance to cut to the front of the line for Kosta Browne's mail list, and help a good cause to boot! And if you ever... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
DLW 2011: Missouri will feature some of the top names in Missouri and regional wine as well a live Internet radio broadcast and an expanded version of our trademark Twitter Taste-off on April 2, 2011, at the Doubletree Westport in... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 3, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Want to join the fun on April 2-3 in St. Louis? The conference will be held at the Doubletree Westport in suburban St. Louis. Ticket packages start at $35, which includes the Missouri Twitter Taste-off -- two wines each from... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 2, 2011 at Dave McIntyre's WineLine
Allen - Are those changes in terms of quantity or price? (Im assuming the latter.) I doubt most people are drinking less because of the economy, but were probably drinking less expensively. Seems like you had a good recovery year last year, though - I hope you are a national economic barometer!
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