Priorat: Globalization, Terroir, and The New Wines of Spain

A contradiction lies deep in the heart of wine’s globalization. The standard narrative is that globalization leads to homogenization of wine style and increasing monopolization of distribution. The counter-narrative has


Donkey & Goat “Sluice Box” White Wine Blend 2014

Now this is an orange wine I can get behind. A gulpable blend of Roussanne, Vermentino, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul from California’s El Dorado AVA, Donkey & Goat’s Sluice


Spotlight on the Swartland Revolution: A. A. Badenhorst White Wine 2010

Swartland has an unusual affinity for grapes. Reds prefer mediterranean varieties but whites succeed best with the distinctly South African blends of Chenin Blanc alongside a crazy mix of Rhone


Elyse L’Ingenue Naggiar Vineyard White Blend 2010

Made with fruit from the Sierra Hills, this Rhone inspired white blend from Elyse fits well within the new breed of surprising, atypical wines from California. Much easier to peg


Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2011

White southern Rhone wines rarely get written up, and even less so white Chateauneuf. Vieux Telegraphe is of course famous for their red La Crau, but I think this white


Spotlight on Unusual California White Wine: Tablas Creek Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2010

The Perrin family are one of the few large French producers who entered California and managed to actually make something distinctly Californian, jump start a lesser known region, push a


Le Vieux Donjon Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc 2001

The whites of Chateauneuf get little attention from collectors, with perhaps the one exception of Beaucastel’s old vine bottling. Further they account for a mere 5% of the region’s production.


Sadie Family Wines Palladius 2006

“100 points … perfect wine!” That’s what I might say about Eben Sadie’s Palladius were I the caricature of wine criticism that is James Suckling. But Sadie is decidedly anything


Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Domaine Gauby Vieille Vignes Blanc 2005

Gauby’s old-vine white is an intriguing blend of white Carignan, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Gris, Chardonnay and Macabau. Gauby grows this mix of Spanish and French grapes with fervent non-interventionist methods


Spotlight on Languedoc-Roussillon: Clos des Fees Grenache Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2004

White wines in Languedoc-Roussilllon are little known and little produced. Despite this, several producers are making truly outstanding whites at very reasonable prices – whites with personality, expressivity and a