Hedonistic Taster Goes Scandinavian! | The Walls

Greetings, Dear Readers:

FYI: Paris-based BKWine Magazine now features my Hedonistic Taster tasting notes on the artisanal wines of Ali Mayfield  at The Walls.

Link to The Walls tasting notes here.

And for the Scandinavian among you, editor Per Karlsson (also of Forbes.com) has taken the time to translate them to Swedish as well.

Link to Swedish The Walls tasting notes here.

I really appreciate the translation, as Sweden boasts a thriving international sommelier community supportive of unique, small lot wines.

More Hedonistic Taster here.


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My latest in BKWine Magazine | Talking with Ali Mayfield of The Walls | Walla Walla, WA.

Dear Readers:

Delighted to announce that my exclusive interview with winemaker Ali Mayfield of The Walls in Walla, Walla, WA is now featured in Paris-based BKWine Magazine.

Full interview available here. 

For Scandinavian readers: Full interview available in Swedish here.

The Hedonistic Taster | № 17 | The Walls  available here.

Other exclusive binNotes | redThread™ artisan winemaker interviews available here.

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The Hedonistic Taster | № 22 | Suo Red Collection + Stellekaya | South Africa

The Hedonistic Taster |  № 22 | Suo Red Collection + Stellekaya | South Africa

by L.M. Archer, FWS | Bourgogne MLTastevin

“Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

Welcome to The Hedonistic Taster, a binNotes | redThread™ trade sampling of gorgeous, small-lot artisan pours in an intimate tasting format.

The title derives from the term ‘hedonistic tasting,’ coined by legendary Burgundian vigneron Henri Jayer.


Wines of South Africa.

Today’s Tasting:

Suo Red Collection №2 + Stellekaya Hercules | South Africa

If you’ve never tasted the wines of South Africa, you need to start – now!

Arguably one of the globe’s most overlooked wine regions, South Africa hammocks the continent of Africa between the Atlantic Ocean on the west, and the Indian Ocean on the East. As an emerging New World producer, South Africa enjoys some of the world’s oldest wine growing soils and most diverse ecosystems, including the UNESCO World Heritage Fynbos (meaning ‘fine-leaved’) ecoregion, home to one of the planet’s largest biomes.

These tasting notes compliment my forthcoming South African artisan winemaker interview series featured in Paris-based BKWine Magazine.

The wines here showcase the talent of Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black woman wine maker, and winner of South Africa’s Woman Wine Maker of the Year award in 2009. Biyela blazed her career at boutique winery Stellekaya, and has since moved on to form her own label, Aslina, named after her grandmother, a huge influence on her life. She’s also captured the attention of Mika Bulmash of Wines for the World, who tapped her for Suo | The Collaboration Series –  also featured here – a collaboration with Napa Valley winemaker Helen Keplinger.

Brilliantly original, a fierce grace marks these wines, reflective of both the winemaker and her native land.

Wine: Suo Red Collection № 2 (55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec.)

Vintage: 2013

Alcohol:  14.5 %

Suggested Retail:  $36



Robe:  Opaque blood-red robe.

Nose:  Feral notes of tomato leaf, tobacco, leather.

Palate: Umami-infused black fruit, vegetal notes; medium body, acids, tannins and finish.

Suggested Pairings:  A stalwart companion to steak or ribs with a side of frites.

Wine: Stellekaya Hercules (100% Sangiovese)

Vintage: 2011

Alcohol:  14%

Suggested Retail: $29.99



Robe:  Dusky garnet robe.

Nose:  Dusty leather, red cherry, tomato, potpourri backnote.

Palate: Savory mélange of dark cherry, tobacco, cedar. Medium body, acids, tannins, finish.

Suggested Pairing:  Traditional tomato-based dishes featuring mushrooms and richer proteins, such as ragout or lasagna.

Learn more about Wines of South Africa here.

Learn more about Wines for the World here.

More Hedonistic Taster here.


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Vinography.com | What Alder Yarrow is Reading Now…

Dear Readers:

Thrilled to see my latest feature in Oregon Wine Press on Pedro Parra, the Terroir Whisperer included in this week’s roundup of what Alder Yarrow, author of Vinography.com  is reading now…cheers, all!

Link here to see it now.



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WineBusiness.com + Wine Industry Insight = Terroir Whisperer

WineBusiness.com + Wine Industry Insight = Terroir Whisperer

Dear Readers:

Thrilled to see my feature on “Terroir Whisperer”Pedro Parra in the July edition of Oregon Wine Press  mentioned in both WineBusiness.com and Wine Industry Insight today.

 Nice way to celebrate July 5th –  cheers!


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My Latest In Oregon Wine Press: Terroir Whisperer

Terroir Whisperer

International expert digs into Willamette Valley

By L.M. Archer

Pedro Parra, wiping his sweaty brow, heaves a soil-smeared pickaxe from the chest-high pit surrounding him. A backhoe looms above the burly, bearded man, a silent sentinel and partner-in-crime to this scene of calculated destruction stretching under Oregon’s late afternoon sky. Parra sighs and hoists himself out of the hole, dusting dirt off his smudged jeans and shirt.

It’s not easy being a terroir whisperer. Read the full article here.

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Wine Writer Confidential | № 9

Welcome to my latest installment of Wine Writer Confidential.

“Drinking will continue until morale improves….”

I don’t know about you, but the first half of 2017 has been a blur, with more tours and tastings to come…

Wines of South Africa.

Wines of South Africa

I’m currently at work on a series of artisan winemaker interviews for Paris-based BKWine Magazine made possible by the Wines of South Africa (WOSA).

These interviews grew out of a previously slated trip to South Africa in February 2017 with BK Wine Tours, which unexpectedly conflicted with me winning a Fellowship to the 2017 Professional Wine Writers Symposium at Meadowood Napa Valley.

Since I couldn’t make the trip to South Africa, WOSA graciously offered to host a series of interviews via Skype with three of the country’s top artisan winemakers. Each winemaker brings a unique perspective to winemaking in South Africa today, particularly with regard to the topics of terroir, technique, and global perceptions. You may subscribe to my site for future details about the winemakers profiled.

#wineStudio | Conn Creek Winery Small Lot Experiments – June 27th 6 p PST

Get ready as the #wineStudio community convenes for a final taste of summer!

We’ll explore Conn Creek Winery’s experimental Small Lot Rosé of Malbec 2016 from Antica Vineyard on Atlas Peak in Napa Valley.

Only 67 cases produced – can’t wait to pour forth!

Follow the fun on Twitter: #wineStudio |  6-7 p PST | June 27th 2017

Happy summer, all!

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