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Aging Wine: Facts & Feelings
I’ve been told my palate favors decay. That might sound like an insult (and it may very well have been intended as one), but I find it a reasonable assessment. After all, my favorite foods include stinky cheese, dry-aged beef, and mushrooms&mda...
16 Jan 2020
Merlot: Rise, Demise, Rebirth
Kelli White considers the state of California Merlot, tracing its evolution throughout the decades.
24 Oct 2019
The Function & Future of Rootstocks
Senior Staff Writer Kelli White explores the history, function, and future of rootstocks.
19 Sep 2019
Selling Spanish Wine
Senior Staff Writer Kelli White interviews sommeliers Rubèn Sanz Ramiro, Mia Van de Water, Braithe Tidwell, and Brent Knoll about their experiences selling Spanish wine.
16 Aug 2019
Springtime in the Garden
Senior Staff Writer Kelli White recounts a trip through the Loire Valley, with stops in Sancerre, Chinon, Savennières, Vouvray, Muscadet, Saumur, and Touraine.
27 Jul 2019
Louis M. Martini Winery Through Time
Senior Staff Writer Kelli White explores the history of the Louis M. Martini Winery, and its Monte Rosso Vineyard, over time.
27 Jun 2019
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