I just came back from one of the most exciting U.S. wine competition I have ever attended. The 20th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been a huge learning opportunity for me in terms of palate training and exchange of views and opinions with the other wine judges. This year the largest … More SF Chronicle 2020: behind the scenes of the largest North American wine competition
For the first time since the 1980s, University of California, Davis, researchers have released new varieties of wine grapes. The five new varieties, three red and two white, are highly resistant to Pierce’s disease, which costs California grape growers more than $100 million a year. The new, traditionally bred varieties also produce high-quality fruit and wine. … More New year, new grape varieties for California after 20 years genetic research at UC Davis
If you would have told me, ten years ago, that in 2020, I would have tasted (and enjoyed) a glass of sparkling wine made in England, I would have laughed hard: too cold, too rainy, no-one would ever be so foolish to grow grapes there…But here we are, in 2020, drinking champenoise method’s wines from West Sussex, Great Britain. So, what is happening to the viticulture with this so discussed climate change? And what can happen in the next decade? … More How will the next decade wine geography look like?
It’s no surprise that in the last decade Oregon has become the benchmark for New World’s Pinot Noirs. I tasted several very very good wines, nothing less than the French over famous (and sometimes over priced) Burgundy’s. Is Willamette Valley going to be the future of high end world class Pinots? … More Willamette Valley: the international epicenter of New World’s Pinot Noir
Shipping overseas can be a risk and not an easy path, but if your target is an educated and curious consumer, Europe, and in this case Italy, can be an opportunity. … More What if Italy could be American new rising export market?
We are constantly bombarded with advertisements and marketing offers about wine: it’s easy to get confused and sometimes companies play around with the lack of wine knowledge… … More How to detect BS wines? Marketing tricks, transparency and labels…
Santa Barbara county’s unique climatic and geological conditions make it the ideal place to grow cooler climate grape varieties with a Californian twist… … More Santa Barbara wine county: the fervent “cool” side of Californian viticulture
From a career as a scientist at N.A.S.A. to producing terroir driven Pinot Noirs in Oregon, read the fascinating story of Don Hagge, Vidon’s winery … More From N.A.S.A. to Oregon’s vineyards: meet Don Hagge, the scientist of Vidon’s wine making
My endless curiosity about less known wine grapes drives me always in the geekiest seminars and wine classes. No exception was the last edition of SommCon, the US sommelier convention which takes place every year in San Diego, where I live. The seminars list is always rich in learning and tasting occasions: from prestigious Champagnes … More America’s invisible rainbow and the secret wine revolution
Paso Robles is the fastest growing wine region in California: will it become the next Napa? My experience at Daou winery … More Paso Robles: a “slow wine” experience in the fastest growing AVA of California