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50 in 50 #6: Hawaii — Maui’s Winery


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS

After a shipping-related pit stop last week, the 50 in 50 train rolls on this week. Actually, we had to get off the train and hop on a plane to fly to Hawaii to visit Tedeschi Vineyards.
They do grow vinifera grapes at Tedeschi, including chenin blanc, cabernet and syrah. But what fun is […]

In the Service of Our Obsessions


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
It might be the case that I just dont appreciate beer. Perhaps the nuances and complexities of even the better brews are lost on me. But thats ok because in my case I have wine to provide my body and soul with that unique cerebral and sensual experience that alone or, even better, […]

Prosecco: much more than a poor man’s Spumante


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon
Disparaging may be too strong a word; dismissive may be a better descriptive of most wine guides’ comments on Prosecco.
It is, of course, just one wine of many from the Veneto regon of Italy. Plying for attention against the more familar names of Valpolicella, Soave and Merlot del Veneto. At the same time […]

The Wine Spectator and Vision-Impaired Tasting


By Lenn Thompson
LENNDEVOURS
If you’ve come to Wine Sediments today looking for the next installment of “50 in 50,” I apologize. Due to some shipping issues (UPS screwed up, frankly), I won’t have any new wines to review for that project until later.
But fear not, I’ve always got a lot to say. Some would suggest way […]

Online Wine Sales & The End of Western Civilization


By Tom Wark
Fermentation
Four or five years ago, in the midst of the political and legal battles over the direct shipment of wine, you would occasionally hear of a “sting” operation in which some government organization — usually in league with wine wholesalers — would demonstrate that minors could obtain alcohol by mail.
Each instance was […]

Sometimes a stinky Italian is the Perfect Date


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
As I was smuggling more bottles home from work the other night, I realized I was out of room. Granted, I dont exactly have adequate storage. I have a wine tower in my kitchen that holds 24 bottles. (And have no fear, chitlin - my kitchen is quite cool.) But, zut […]

First it was Napa, now even ENGLISH wines are beating the French


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon
You have to take press releases with a pinch of salt. One I received this week proudly proclaimed that a majority of people at a recent tasting favoured an English sparkling wine over Champagne. “English Sparkling wine is top choice on the BRITS wine list” was the heading.
They even managed to get a […]

50 in 50 #5: New Mexico — Gruet Winery


Gruet Winery. If you drink much wine, particularly the stuff loaded with tiny bubbles, you’ve probably heard of them. They are well known for their delicious line of sparkling wines and it’s clearly their speciality. They make no less than eight different bubblies.
You could say that methode champenoise is in the Gruet family’s blood.
In 1983, […]

Flow


By Jamie Gabrini
The Wine Chicks
This past week, I was cleaning up my apartment on a much-needed day off when I realized my bedroom was boring. It was beyond boring: it was depressing. My bed was obstructing the flow of the room, and Id haphazardly hung art on the walls that had no link or cohesion. […]

Can the moon change the way wine tastes?


By Andrew Barrow
Spittoon
We all have our off days. You feel shitty one day (Monday mornings probably) but full of the joys another (last Saturday for me, during the latest edition of Dr Who). Could the same go for wines?
Tim Atkin in a recent Observer article suggested that on certain days wines just do not […]