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The Purpose of Tasting Notes
Eric Asimov, wine writer for the New York Times, and I agree on a lot of things, but we have quite divergent opinions about a subject that is near and dear to Eric's heart: tasting notes. Actually, tasting notes aren't near and dear to Eric's heart, rather, the opposite is true. He is a big
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Acid Freaks Unite!: Tasting Notes from In Pursuit of Balance 2012
I may be mangling the quote a little, but I swear I saw someone on twitter the other day say something along the lines of: "It may be possible that there's a wine out there with too much acidity, but I have yet to taste it." I couldn't agree more. For me, acidity (and perhaps more
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Joy of Sake Tasting 2010: San Francisco 9/9, and NYC 9/23
I absolutely love the fact that we've reached a point in this country where I don't need to explain why a sake tasting in San Francisco or New York might be an enjoyable way to spend an evening. In the six and a half years since I've been writing this blog, sake has gone from obscure to obvious,
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Critically Tasting Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
One of my unbroken refrains here at Vinography has to do with the value of large public wine tastings as opportunities to educate the palate. There's just nothing like the chance to taste a lot of wines side by side to teach you a thing or two -- about what you like and what you don't, as well
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The Legendary Wines of Napa: Tasting Notes
Last weekend I had the singular pleasure of co-leading a tasting with the title Legends of Napa Valley. I wrote about my impressions of the tasting overall , and the lessons that it offered, such as they were, about the aging of Napa wines across the last five decades, as part of my monthly
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Eric Asimov and the Tyranny of the Tasting Note in American Wine Culture
As many of you know, I spent the last week as a speaker and attendee at the fifth annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers . The conference is a wonderful break from my day job, and an opportunity to fully exercise a region of my brain and a personal passion that only squeezes out in dribs
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