Bonné has been the wine writer at the San Francisco Chronicle since 2006. Bonné is, of course, self-selecting people who share his European-biased palette. The first third of the book discusses the history of making wine in California. It is widely noted that viticulturists can have as much influence on the quality of the final wine as do winemakers, and yet it is still the winemakers whose names are most widely known, because they are the ones who most commonly appear in the wine press. Much of the fascination with wine lies in the many choices that vintners make as they grow their grapes and make their wine, but understanding those choices requires some knowledge of both agriculture and the chemistry of winemaking.
I appreciated that the area-by-area sections included unlikely suspects like Lodi. While Lemon is not alone in wanting to develop greater diversity in vineyards, his vision of wine production harks back to times past when poly-culture was the norm. Put it away for ten years. If not the most complex of the lot, it serves its purpose precisely. The New California Wine Ten Speed Press is the untold story of the California wine industry: the young, innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking; their quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir; and the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly technocratic, reactionary practices of its recent past.
This takes advantage of the increased grape quality in the vineyard. In The New California Wine, Bonne gives a detailed look at Calfornia wine. But this also serves as a signal to people who've dismissed California fruit bombs to reconsider: come on back, he seems to be saying. Indeed, the New York native has never coveted the limelight, preferring to be on the farm with his family. Parr makes wines under the Sandhi label, which allows him to indulge his love of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. I guess that makes him a poster boy with a cause.
Their Wine Grapes: A Complete Guide to 1,368 Vine Varieties, Including Their Origins and Flavours is an indispensible resource, and its essays on the major varieties show how much they have changed over the centuries. Parker is now 68 years old, and many of his most vocal critics are a generation or more younger. This single vineyard Zinfandel is a good example of their sophisticated modern style. Since his days at Guy Roulot, he is affectionately known around the lanes of the Côte de Beaune as Le Comte de Citron. In many of his wines, Lemon has captured a pixellated shot of the site: this wine is no different.
You can call him Ted. Farming techniques have changed in a number of other ways. It also features all of the many more obscure regions in state instead of the the monster Napa. Time and again, as Bonné arrives at a winemaker's table, he notes a bottle of Old World wine on the table. The wines The pinot noir vines on Lemon's home block, vineyard, are still young and the wine is a playful, floral-edged wine with a grind of black pepper; Lemon claims that is a characteristic of Sonoma Coast pinot vines under 10 years old.
It provides a very detailed look at what the current major trends and challenges are in the area. We must be like Odysseus, lashing ourselves to the mast of the ship in order to resist the siren song of the maidens of Burgundy. This book re-inspired my interest in exploring the new younger wine makers who are going back to old work ways of making wine. The oak maturation of the wines has also been re-visited, resulting in a lighter handling, which now produces softer, more elegant wines. It's easy to paint California wine with a broad, sweeping brush. The New California Wine is the untold story of the California wine industry: the young, innovative producers who are rewriting the rules of contemporary winemaking; their quest to express the uniqueness of California terroir; and the continuing battle to move the state away from the overly-technocratic, reactionary practices of its recent past.
Kermit Lynch has been one of the most important wine importers in the U. Helena, this is a tribute to the more modest 1970s Napa Cabs — even if its label is an exploration in sans-serif modernity. Jon Bonné Jon Bonné is the wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and covers wine, spirits and other libations throughout California and around the world. So, the people in the winery get the media attention more than those in the vineyard, even though the location of that vineyard is acknowledged to be of prime importance. His next book will focus on France. Mansfield realized the local, granite-rich soil many were using for Zinfadel naturally lends itself to Grenache and Gamay Noir, grapes that lead to Rhone style wines.
Cavus, for example, takes its name from the Turkish word for sergeant, one of whom brought it back from Taif near Mecca in the 1600s to give to the Sultan. If you wish to know where our California wines came from, what happened over the last 150 years, by who and where were they first grown, their prominence after the 1976 Paris competition, going too big and bold and more importantly how the new vintners are farming their land with techniques that bring out the terroir while the new generation of vignerons develop more subtle tastes with less is best during the fermentation process, then this is your new bible for California wines. Hopefully, this will be both interesting and informative. My main disappointment was to find that a lot of the wines mentioned are out of the price range I would like to pay and some that are in my price range aren't readily available in my state. This means grapes sourced from sustainably farmed vineyards, and minimalist winemaking native fermentation, minimal racking, pumping, and handling, no additions, and neutral oak.