Premox Theory

Like many wine drinkers I have always been curious about the pre-mature oxidation issue that have plagued white burgundy since the mid 90’s. I have heard many theories, but today I read about another one and I wanted to share it with you. It is from Allan Meadows himself and is quoted directly. It is certainly not the most recent, but absolutely  interesting.   3rd Quarter review from June 2014, Page 8 I never cease to be amazed at what is proposed as potential culprits. Perhaps the most interesting one I heard since my last report was that the higher percentage of recycled glass used to manufacture wine bottles that is now required in Europe was responsible for leaching potential oxidative elements into the wines. The rationale behind this idea is that recycled glass supposedly has higher levels of some metals, in particular copper, which are known to be oxidative agents. High residual copper has been proven to accelerate the rate of browning and loss of aromatic freshness for all wines but especially for white wines. The legislation requiring the use of higher percentages of recycled glass was introduced in 1995 which coincidentally or not, is the same time that the premox problem began […]

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In Defence of the Selfie Stick

People hate on selfie sticks (SS) and I can’t understand why. If you are inclined to take photos of yourself, it is by far the best way to capture. Without one it is an awkward angle to hold a camera or maybe you loose a few of your friends in the frame. Also if you want to take video there is no better way to take the shot yourself. If you are someone like Casey Neistat who makes daily vlogs, maybe you could justify something similar to his set up. But that kind of gear is not for everyone and he even admits it is heavy. Perhaps  you choose something similar to Ben Brown or Louie Cole.; pocket sized, hand held cameras are best for them. But maybe a SS could help improve some of the angels? Recently I found another reason for carrying a SS with you; and that is ownership. If someone takes video of you and you post it on your YouTube channel, the ownership is with the shooter and not you, the person who may be doing some crazy shit in the video. In fact if that video was to be used by a third party the subject would […]

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Is Pagito Vermentino?

I’m confused. Those that know me, know it happens often and with little effort. But this is a real noodle scratcher. And I suspect might confuse even the most knowledgable of people. Maybe? I recently started working at a restaurant where the entire wine list is Italian. I thought I knew a thing or three about Italian wines, but flipping through the list proves that simply wasn’t the case. There are regions I know, but within them are provinces I don’t. Toss in indigenous grape varieties that grow nowhere else in the world and you might realize that the learning curve is steep. As I come across the different grapes I look them up to learn more about them. One grape I saw on a label was Pigato. So I reach for Jancis, Julia and José’s book Wine Grapes and under Pigato is says see Vermentio. This is very common, many grapes have synonyms and are called something different in other parts of the world and often in other parts of the same country.     Paraphrasing from Wine Grapes, Vermentino is believed to have come to the  French Island of Corse in the thirteenth or fourteenth century. But the earliest mention is from […]

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Not getting paid.

I get upset when people ask for something and are not willing to pay for it. It happens all the time in the world of blogging. A publication needs content but doesn’t want to pay for it, so they put a call out to the world and people respond who are looking for an outlet for their work. Bloggers want recognition and what better way than to use someone else’s platform that many already have many followers. Recently I found a post from the folks at the flying winemaker saying that they are looking to start up a wine publication and were looking for writers. Turns out they are looking for free content and even want writers to give up the rights to their work. This is their pitch to get you to write for them. I am not sure who to blame for this situation, the writer or the publication. Both benefit in some way. The writer may reach an audience that they may not otherwise reach. The publication gets content. Win win. But there are so many problems with this. Often the bloggers seeking attention want an outlet and may not be the best writers or have little knowledge on the topic.  They […]

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Burgundy grapes in Germany

Many countries have some sort of dividing line. Some are east and west, other are north and south. The difference between the two are usually things like culture, dialect, traditions or attitudes. In Germany’s wine growing regions, there are some unique differences too. In the north, places like Mosel and the Rhine, the wines tend to be Riesling-based and for good reason. They have been making wines there for thousands of years. But in places like Baden in the far south, Riesling does get a role but it’s a minor one. Instead many young winemakers are turning away from family traditions and are growing burgundy grapes such as Pinot Gris or Grauburdunger, Pinot Blanc or Weissburguner and Pinot Noir or Spätburgunder. Since 2000 there has been a 103% increase of Pinot Gris planting in Germany, making it second after Italy for Pinot Gris plantings with most of that grown in the southern region of Baden. Grauburgunder is such an important grape that there is a symposium each year in May in the Kaiserstuhl region near Baden. German Pinot Gris wines are often big and full throttled are due to the soil in the area. Much of it volcanic mixed with high amounts of calcium […]

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