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 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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Affordable Burgundy + Beyond Sidebars| Gothenburg + Paris

Hi Dear Readers:

I’m still en route to Hospices de Beaune 2017 wine auction in Burgundy, with sidebars to Gothenburg, Sweden to conduct interviews for a forthcoming article I’m doing on Swedish sommeliers, and to Paris for research on a pending project.

Please enjoy these photos of travels to date – you can follow my entire tour on Instagram or Twitter @binnotes.

As always, great to hear from you in the ‘Comments’ section below and on social media – cheers!

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My Latest in Palate Press: Taking it Slow in Central Otago (Part 2)

Taking it Slow in Central Otago (Part 2)

by L.M. Archer

This is PART TWO of L.M. Archer’s exploration of Central Otago. Before continuing, read part one.

Individuation: Fruit vs. Site

Forsyth sees a decided march towards individuation throughout Central Otago’s vineyards. “So now, thirty years later, we’re at the stage where we can see better producers concentrating on individual vineyards, husbandry, organics,” he offers. “There’s a massive divergence away from what people expect the New Zealand style to be, which is bright fruit. It’s all about fruit here, which is the best part — and the worst part.

“Now that just becomes a background for the palette of wines, I think, and the individual styles develop. We’re seeing more restraint, more elegance. The next thing after that is transparency, which then is not about fruit, but phenolics. Read more here.

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My Latest in Palate Press: Taking it Slow in Central Otago (Part 1)

Taking it Slow in Central Otago (Part 1)

by L.M. Archer

 

Challenged by climate change, lack of available land and rising production costs, some of Burgundy’s top producers have established wineries in Oregon. But the more adventuresome are now flying much further afield — to New Zealand’s Central Otago.

Located on the 45 parallel in the Southern Hemisphere, Central Otago is one of the world’s southernmost viticultural areas. The region’s rugged terrain, steep river gorges, continental climate and extreme diurnal shifts prove the ideal crucible for creating exceptional Pinot Noir. Read more here.

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My latest in Wines and Vines Magazine: Technical Spotlight on Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca: Willamette Valley winery builds a state-of-the-art, quake-resistant production facility  

by L.M. Archer 

Lingua Franca Winery in the Willamette Valley produces premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

When the 2014 South Napa earthquake subsided, wine consultant and master sommelier Larry Stone surveilled the wreckage of his Napa home and thought, “Wherever I work next, it’s gonna be earthquake-proof.” Read more hereCopyright © Wines & Vines

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Ackerman Family Vineyard + Ackerman Heritage House | BKWine Magazine

Dear Readers:

As I prepare to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration later this week, I wanted to alert you of the recent publication of my interview with Lauren Ackerman of Ackerman Family Vineyards and Ackerman Heritage House in Paris-based BKWine Magazine.

You can find the link here.

It’s also available in Swedish here.

Also…please look for a new format and focus to binNotes in 4th Q 2017…More on those changes after summer break.

In the meantime, enjoy these final dog days of  summer. Cheers!

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