Posts in the Category: Wine-Searcher

When second best is good enough

Pedro the Lion isn’t a lion at all; or a children’s television character.

Pedro the Lion was in fact a ’90s band from Seattle and, in one of its songs, Second Best, a wife reflects on her husband’s affair. She tries to come to terms with the fact that her husband is an adulterer and accept …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on March 29th 2017 0 Comments

Bobbleheads and Bordeaux: Life After The Wire

We would all like to leave a legacy. However, the idiosyncractic pronunciation of an expletive probably wasn’t the legacy Isiah Whitlock Jr had in mind when he first said “Sheeeeeeeee-it” on screen in his sonorous voice more than a decade ago.

He first put his spin on the s-word word in Spike Lee movies, but he’s …

Posted in - Wine-Searcher on April 18th 2015 0 Comments

Wine and the Paradox of Choice

Have you ever walked down a supermarket aisle and been overwhelmed by the dozens of breakfast cereals, all claiming to give you the best start to the day, or 50 different shampoos, each promising to enhance your seemingly hopeless follicular condition?

I have.

The wealth of choice we are faced with in today’s consumer culture can …

Posted in - Wine-Searcher on April 18th 2015 0 Comments

Wine is Not Made in the Vineyard

Tell us your unique story instead of the phrases every other producer uses, says Wine-Searcher editor Rebecca Gibb.

This semester, the compulsory paper for all oenology students is “Winemaking Patter”. In order to graduate, all students must learn phrases that they will regale to winery visitors in the future.

The syllabus will cover phrases such as “overdelivering …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on July 8th 2014 0 Comments

Should Robert Parker Have Listened to Disraeli?

Is the leading wine critic’s latest fusillade a storm in a wine glass or a taste of things to come?

“Never explain, never complain,” said the 19th-century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli. His words hold true today. Publish an article or wine review and there are readers who won’t necessarily like what you write. The solution …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on March 8th 2014 0 Comments

Is Yeast the Answer to Lower Alcohol Wines?

There was a time not so long ago when 15 percent alcohol was reserved for fortified wines. A Bordeaux red that reached the 15-percent mark was inconceivable, yet in 2010, La Mission Haut-Brion hit 15.1, with its white wine trailing just behind at 15 percent. And the Graves estate is not alone in breaching previously …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on February 25th 2014 0 Comments

The Fuzzy World of Palate Fatigue

Last time you were tasting wine, did your mouth feel like it just did nine rounds in the ring?

That’ll be palate fatigue – a much-discussed topic that everyone has an opinion on, and which appears to be wholly subjective. Sounds a lot like wine.

So, how many wines can you taste in a day? Eighteen might …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on December 6th 2013 0 Comments

Science Serves Up a Sulfur Substitute

It can treat lead poisoning, clean grimy hair and help with acne; now, the process of chelation could provide a possible replacement for sulfur dioxide.

Researchers at Penn State University believe they’ve found an additive, known as a chelator, that can help to prevent oxidation in wine – the chemical reaction that can lead to wines …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on November 23rd 2013 0 Comments

Water: The Solution to Wine Fraud?

How do you know if a wine is the real thing? It’s an issue that has cost some fine-wine collectors millions of dollars and seen the counterfeiters jailed.

While experts try to sort the genuine from the fakes using their eyes, nose and mouth, there may be an alternative solution. A machine that can analyze the …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on October 5th 2013 0 Comments

The Many Faces of Littorai

Ted Lemon’s is the pensive face on the cover of Jon Bonné’s soon-to-be published book “The New California Wine.” The man behind Sonoma Coast winery Littorai has never been a poster boy before, and would rather be elbow-deep in compost than posing for a photographer.

Indeed, the New York native has never coveted the limelight, preferring to be on …

Posted in - Articles & Wine-Searcher on October 2nd 2013 0 Comments