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Wine writing from an artisanal Oregon producer


Sometimes it's funny how a sort of group unconsciousness seems to permeate the blogosphere. Just last week I was commenting on the "progress" the wine world has seen over the past decades while writing up my notes on a recent Spottswoode vertical and then again this past week during a vertical tasting with Laurel Glen's Patrick Campbell, similar sentiments were brought up. Maybe we're all just wring and thinking the same things and it's just a matter of being attuned to what's going on around you, but I was just checking out Vincent Fritzsche's fine blog elevage and lo and behold I read this!

"...were made largely before the heights of modernization took hold in each region. Before picking at elevated sugar levels. Before micro-oxidation to 'round out' tannins, reverse osmosis to concentrate musts and other wine growing and making techniques that create more and more sweet tasting, even if dry, wines.


Vincent was writing about a tasting that featured 1985 Stag's Leap Cabernet and Ducru Beaucaillou. I've liked Vincent's writing in the past but I have to say, reading his write-up on the wines just reinforced my thinking. Vincent also runs Portland's Vincent Wine Company, an artisanal producer of Oregon Pinot Noir that is well worth paying attention to. Vincent's palate and the experiences he chronicles on his blog are varied and offer an interesting take on the world of wine. I highly recommend checking out elevage!
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Wine of the Week - Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco Pruno Nero

Sometimes I don't want to have to think too much about my wine and never is that more true than after a day's worth of tasting. With a light(ish) dinner of salumi, cheese and polenta on an early spring evening that hinted at the summer's warmth to come, I opted to revisit an old friend, Lambrusco. I could have grabbed a Lambrusco with more complexity and depth, but I like I said I was not in the mood to think. Read the full review.

The best wine labels ever: Blasted Church

Recently I was searching for some wine labels to use in an article and I came across artist Chris Sickels, who created the wine labels for the British Columbian winery, Blasted Church. This program, created by the Brandever agency, is the best series of wine labels I have ever seen! Not only are they artistically fantastic, playful, funny and attractive; but they tell a story -- the story of Blasted Church. Check out all the images.

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  • Snooth User: dmcker
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    Another good quote from that same blog:
    "These wines started out as red, not purple, and purple doesn't magically become red with two decades in the bottle."

    Thanks for the pointer, Greg.

    Apr 26, 2011 at 11:20 PM

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