Pursuing balance? Or anti-flavor wine elite?

Robert M. Parker Jr. in 2014

It is hard not to think of Shakespeare’s aging King Lear as the wine world begins moving past the era of Robert M. Parker Jr., the powerful American wine critic who popularized the 100-point scoring system and who once wielded such market-moving power that his taste for big, ripe and alcoholic wines altered the world’s style of wine making …
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Le Cirque 2014 Côtes Catalanes Rosé ($13.99)

Le Cirque 2014 Côtes Catalanes Rosé

This blend of 40% Grenache Noir, 40% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre from the French Pyrenees is a clear, light rosy pink color. Subtle red-berry aromas and a whiff of something pleasantly bitter, almost like a distant touch of something like Campari, on the nose and palate. Fresh and tart, perhaps a hint of fresh-fruit sweetness, but good acidity imparts a dry, refreshing finish. Interesting rosé, with a light 12.5% alcohol, it works well with a variety of food pairings or, as spring moves into summer, a pleasant aperitif for sipping alfresco.

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Cahors: The birthplace of Malbec

French Malbec Vineyards in Cahors, France

It was called “Black Wine” for years – the French Malbec wines from Cahors in France’s Southwest region. Phylloxera decimated the vineyards in the late 1800’s; but 100 years later, Cahors awakened to a different Malbec world far from their shores, in Argentina. Late to the party but undaunted, Cahors now seeks to regain its birthright. Read article.

Arsenic in wine! A scientific perspective

The latest health scare about the presence of small amounts of arsenic in some wines has been widely disseminated by the news media. And, as usual with such alerts, what has been reported are only the sensational and incomplete “facts,” which have led to much confusion and concern, particularly in the wine consuming public. Read article.

Raising the Organic Bar

Roberto DiFilippo and horse.

Today, there are a large number of organic vineyards throughout Italy, writes Neil Duarte, but the DiFilippo family has a somewhat unique vision of organic and biodynamic cultivation. Constantly looking to improve the methods of growing, they use horses instead of tractors for work in the vineyard. They also use geese. Read article.

Trading with Joe

Trader Joe’s is known for its smartly chosen wine selections, including the Charles Shaw wines. So what happens when Trader Joe’s wines are subjected to a blind tasting? Richard Fadeley’s tasting panel found the results . . . interesting. Read article.