Archives for March 2011

The Most Powerful Grower in Napa

The Most Powerful Grower in Napa


Unlike many growers, Mr. Beckstoffer only sells grapes to other wineries; he doesn’t make wine himself. “That’s an entirely different business,” he said. It simplifies matters and reduces expenses and also answers the inevitable question about growers who also make wine from their grapes: Don’t they keep the best fruit for themselves?


What Should Wine Newbies Know?

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Are most of us wine newbies? If you were teaching newcomers to wine, what would you tell them?

Wine Spectator’s Drinking Out Loud blog has the answers:

The key point is this: Most American wine lovers are almost as new to wine as most Asian wine lovers are. I don’t know about you, but I remember vividly the bafflement of wine: all that label lingo (in French no less); the seeming arbitrariness of pricing; the snobbery; the humiliation of facing a big wine list in a restaurant skewed to exorbitantly priced wines. Do you remember all that? I’ll bet you do.

via What Should Wine Newbies Know? | Wine Spectator.