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 here. Copyright © 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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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.

Skol!

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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.

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

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

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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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