Who We Are
Classes & Shop
Classes & Events
Subscribe by email
By view count
By comment count
The Major Role of Minor Grapes
Senior Staff Writer Kelli White speaks with Brad Hickey, Pierre Graffeuille, Jason Haas, and Axel Heinz about blending and the role of so-called minor grapes.
17 May 2019
Old Vines in the New World
Kelli White considers the old vines of South Africa, Australia, California, Chile, and Burgundy, examining various definitions of "old" and current science on the possible impacts of vine age on the resulting wines.
25 Apr 2019
Contemporary Biodynamics & Beyond
Kelli White discusses the history, science, and practice of biodynamics, with interviews from vintners working in wine regions around the world.
15 Mar 2019
The Wine Glass
"Can you imagine wines being properly tasted before the advent of clear glass? . . . Perhaps the truth of the matter is that fine wine could only start to make its appearance at the turn of the eighteenth century as a result of glasses being made tha...
25 Jan 2019
The Sweet Spot
Senior Staff Writer Kelli White explores the complex topic of sugar in wine.
21 Dec 2018
Valley Views in South Africa
There are three kinds of wine regions in South Africa: historic regions of quality, historic regions of quantity, and the newborns. The legacy appellations can be counted on one hand and famously include
. By contra...
30 Nov 2018
Wine Books: Part 2
In this second installment of our Influential Wine Books series, I asked four wine professionals for a list of books that guided or inspired them at various points in their careers. I love this article series for many reasons. First, it has turned me...
16 Nov 2018
American Wine Importers: Part 2
This is the second article of a two-part series on importers who made essential contributions to the American wine industry. The first
featured interviews with Kermit Lynch and Martine Saunier
. This piece explores the stories and impact of Neal Rosen...
18 Oct 2018
Burgeoning Southern Oregon
It’s an old story. A wine region becomes established, bottle prices rise, land values follow, and young or less flush producers get pushed to the fringe. That may be a gross exaggeration, but it’s at least a viable approximation of what h...
27 Sep 2018
American Wine Importers: Part 1
“I never had great Muscadet or great Chablis before Martine and Kermit.” That statement, which sounds as though it might be the last words of a dying wino, came from the mouth of
, one of the most celebrated and establishe...
20 Sep 2018
Interview: Soil Health
In this latest interview article, I asked a handful of growers about their thoughts and practices as pertains to soil health. As you will see, the questions elicited a lot of passion! Many answers are lengthy, but are well worth reading through, as t...
23 Aug 2018
Major Maladies of the Vine
Farming is a challenge, to say the least. Not only do farmers have to contend with the vagaries of the increasingly vagarious seasons, they also have to face an evolving roster of pestilences. Arguably, vineyard managers have it easier than conventio...
19 Jul 2018
So You Want to Be a Wine Importer?
When I was first learning about wine, a wise man told me to always turn the bottle around and note the importer. His logic was that, if you liked a certain wine, there was a good chance you’d enjoy other wines from the same portfolio. This appr...
28 Jun 2018
The Story of Buena Vista
The object of my travels is especially to note down everything in which the Europeans surpass us, and afterward lay them before the citizens of the United States. – Agoston Haraszthy, Grape Culture, Wines, and Wine-Making Few in the annals of w...
2 Jun 2018
Interview: Managing Oxygen in Red Wine Making
Oxygen is the enemy of wine. This is well understood. Leave the cork out of a bottle, or the bung out of a barrel, for long enough and even the most stalwart wine will sour and decay. And yet oxygen exposure during fermentation and élevage is ...
18 May 2018
Making Sense of Mendocino
Senior Staff Writer Kelli White discusses Mendocino County's winemaking history, AVAs, and current developments, considering both its well known coastal side and the inland area home to sprawling old vines.
19 Apr 2018
Brettanomyces: Science & Context
GuildSomm's Kelli White explores Brettanomyces, explaining the science behind it, outlining our shifting awareness and responses over the decades, and sharing various perspectives from sommeliers and winemakers alike.
29 Mar 2018
Influential Wine Books: Part 1
Kelli White interviews Doug Frost, Ray Isle, Chris Tanghe, and Juliette Pope about the books that influenced and inspired them early in their careers in wine.
15 Mar 2018
Considering the Canaries
GuildSomm Senior Staff Writer Kelli White offers an introduction to the regions, grapes, producers, and wines of the Canary Islands.
16 Feb 2018
Interview: Perspectives on Whole-Cluster Fermentation
Kelli White interviews Jeremy Seysses of Domaine Dujac, Mathieu Lapierre of Marcel Lapierre, Pax Mahle of Pax Mahle Wines and Wind Gap, and Taras Ochota of Ochota Barrels about their perspectives on whole-cluster fermentation and stem inclusion.
18 Jan 2018
The Devastator: Phylloxera Vastatrix & The Remaking of the World of Wine
GuildSomm's Senior Staff Writer Kelli White dives deep into the history and impacts of phylloxera on the world of wine.
30 Dec 2017
Reflections on Wine List Awards
Kelli White considers the state of wine list awards—including those of The Wine Spectator, the James Beard Foundation, Wine Enthusiast, and World of Fine Wine—and discusses their impact on the industry.
1 Dec 2017
Forgotten Spain: Valencia
While big blends remain Valencia's dominant mode of production, a handful of producers are taking up arms against this dim reputation. Their weapons? A meticulous but sensitive approach to winemaking and the region's bounty of old vine indigenous material.
19 Oct 2017
Interview: Expats of Napa & Sonoma
As the price of land in Napa and Sonoma reaches new heights, many young winemakers are looking for land and opportunity in other regions of California. Kelli White interviews Matt Naumann, MW Morgan Twain-Peterson, Matthew Rorick, and Tegan Passalacqua.
21 Sep 2017
An Interview with Axel Borg of the UC Davis Library
Kelli White interviews Axel Borg, the wine and food science bibliographer at the UC Davis library, which has an unsurpassed stockpile of wine books, periodicals, and ephemera that anyone can come explore.
22 Aug 2017