As I'm doing my independent study for the Certified exam, I'm finding I'm gaining traction on blind tasting and the general theory for different regions. The area I'm finding a blind spot in is producers of classic regions. I have 1st growths of Bordeaux locked down and even 2nd and 3rd but have 0 point of reference for Germany(besides Dr. Loosen) , Italy, Chile, Argentina, Portugal, South Africa etc.. AVAs are easier to find and relate to, but I'm struggling with old world producers.
Any resources to highlight these areas?
Thanks in advance.
One suggestion is to review the top 5 or so producers listed in each section of our producer profiles. They are voted up based on the community's opinion of their importance.
Thank you, Thank you!
Review wine lists. Whether large tomes like The French Laundry's or regional wine lists from regional focused restaurants.
Another thing to do: track down a 2013 (7th) edition of the Wine Atlas, by Jancis Robinson and Hugh Johnson. In that edition each map is accompanied by a handful of labels of top producers for that region. The newer edition that just came out discontinued this feature.
Great tip! Thanks!
Related, I'd suggest Hugh Johnson's Wine Companion (6th). List of top producers and a brief assessment of them.
Windows on the World and the Wine Bible do this as well. I was surprised to see the Wine Atlas remove them, it was very helpful to me in my early days of study.