Trade Show Confidential: NZ Wines SF

 

NZ Wine 2018 San Francisco Trade Tasting and seminar, Gallery 308 – Fort Mason Center. Image: ©L.M. Archer.

Did you know that New Zealand produces more than just Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir? Watch out, wine world! This remote upstart is killing it in the aromatics, sparkling and syrah departments, too. More on that in future features.

In the meantime, enjoy a few scenes from yesterday’s standing-room only trade seminar, led by New Zealand Wines’ David Strada,  Steve Isso of Dobbs Ferry and Debbie Zacharias of Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant, followed by the New Zealand wine tasting, all set against an ever-stunning backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Personal faves:

Felton Road Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago – 2016

Robe: Clear ruby.

Nez: Florals, spice, dry red fruit.

Bouche: Channeling Burgundy…supple, light body, balanced acids, tannins, lilting finish. A wine to lighten the soul.

Pegasus Bay BEL CANTO Riesling, North Canterbury – 2015 

Robe: Burnished golden.

Nez: Petrol, yellow flowers, exotic banknote of ambergris.

Bouche: Dry, light body, alluring acids, beautiful balance, luxurious mouthfeel, lengthy finish. Yes, please. A wine to drink, drink, drink.

Kusuda Syrah, Martinborough – 2009

Robe: Deep garnet.

Nez: Savory, umami, smoked mussel funk.

Bouche: Unicorn wine alert. Surprising light/medium body, gracefully integrated acids, tannins; smooth finish. A wine to make you think.

Huia Vineyards Sparkling Wine, Marlborough – 2011

Robe: Amber

Nez: Brioche, marzipan, zesty lemon.

Bouche: What the what?!? It’s not from Champagne?! Quietly explosive pinpoint perling, gloriously creamy mouthfeel, precise, elegant, balanced. A wine to celebrate.

Link here for more information on New Zealand Wines.

Cheers, all – and please feel free to leave your comments below. As always, thanks for your follows on social media!

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My Latest in Wine Industry Insight

Wonderful to learn that  Wine Industry Insight

includes my South Bay Accent Magazine feature “Masters of the Grape”

in their “Wine People” section today.

For those of you unfamiliar with these industry and lifestyle publications, now’s your chance!

Always great to hear from you – please feel free to leave your comments below, and to follow on social media and on Instagram/Twitter @binnotes

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My Latest in Santa Cruz Mountains Winemaker Association “Meet the Winemaker” Series

Delighted to learn that Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower Association‘s April 2018 “Meet the Winemaker” series features my profile of Silver Mountain Vineyards, a leader in sustainability.

Read more here.

Don’t forget:

April 21st is Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Celebration Day!

 Like discovering new wines? Like meeting artisan winemakers?

What are you waiting for?

Santa Cruz Mountains Passport Celebration Day is for you!

Learn more here.

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My Latest in South Bay Accent Magazine: “Masters of the Grape”

“Masters of the Grape” by L.M. Archer, South Bay Accent Magazine April – May 2018 (pgs. 60-67).

Delighted to announce my feature, “Masters of the Grape” showcasing South Bay SF #sommeliers, now available in South Bay Accent Magazine.

 

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My Latest in Oregon Wine Press: Now Showing – Three Days of Glory

My latest in Oregon Wine Press:

Filmmaker David Baker, Oregon importer Scott Wright and Caroline Parent-Gros at the premiere of “Three Days of Glory” in Beaune, France. Photo by L.M. Archer

Now Showing

“Three Days of Glory” to screen in Portland.

by  L.M. Archer

What is Burgundy?” Oregon importer Scott Wright and filmmaker David Baker pose this question in their forthcoming movie, “Three Days of Glory,” which premiered in Beaune Nov. 19, 2017, to an invitation-only audience of Burgundy’s elite at Les Ateliers du Cinéma…Read full review here.

 

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My Latest in Wines & Vines Magazine: Seeking Perfection in Pinot Noir

Dear Readers:

Delighted to share my latest article in Wines & Vines Magazine:

Seeking Perfection in Pinot Noir

Six winemakers in two states share their vineyard and winery practices

By L. M. Archer

“God made Cabernet Sauvignon, whereas the devil made Pinot Noir.”

If the devil is in the details, then Pinot Noir makers comprise an unholy lot. Pinot Noir cuts a cruel swath through winemakers who may be inattentive, ill-informed or uninspired.

In an effort to analyze domestic Pinot Noir production standards, six winemakers from two regions—Sonoma and Willamette Valley—share their viticultural, vinification and post-production methods here. The wines in this article retail for $45 to $90 per bottle. Read more here. Copyrighted Wines & Vines Magazine.

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Springing Forth

Happy Spring, Dear Readers!

As you enjoy this holiday weekend, I’ll be springing forth with some exciting new features in a few notable publications…details on Monday. 

Some of the wines offered by the vintners and growers of Monterey County for the annual invitation-only local trade tasting at
La Playa Hotel, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

In the meantime, enjoy these views from the recent Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association trade tasting I attended at La Playa Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association 2018 Trade Tasting at La Playa Hotel, Carmel-by-the-Sea.

Pssst…for more hints about my upcoming features, follow me:

Instagram  @binnotes.

Cheers – and  holiday greetings to you and yours!

 

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