Wide World of Wine #2: South Sudan

Posted by|张贴在Wine Where?|Posted on 02-03-2012

A flag-raising ceremony at the new Embassy of South Sudan. Uploaded to flickr by ENOUGH Project.

Welcome back to the Wide World of Wine! This installation will explore the terroir of the newest country on the planet, South Sudan. First, some relevant background information, then we’ll get to the wine.

从引进Sharialaw in 1983 until the peace accords of 2005, possession of alcohol was a crime punishable by law in Sudan. According to the英国广播公司, perpetrators were usually whipped.

The approval of a 2011 referendum separated Sudan into two countries, with a largely Muslim population in the north and a heterogeneous non-Muslim population in the south.

Severed from the richer North, South Sudan is extremely poor and underdeveloped. Now drinking is legal, but little alcohol is commercially produced in the country.Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by|张贴在1188betasia ,Wine Where?|Posted on 01-03-2012

我的大部分时间都在奥德尔,得克萨斯州我的假期休息的,在我家的狩猎小屋,这是背靠红河德州和俄克拉荷马州的边界。天边是广阔的,土地是绝对有鹿,火鸡,鸽子,和野猪拥挤。我们的传统每天晚上是陷入后门廊巨大的摇椅之一,抿酒,看日落。所以,当我看到一瓶Windmill Winery普兰尼洛从罗斯福,俄克拉何马州(人口:248),我想这是值得加入到我们放松的仪式 - 尤其是对港币$ 70。

我做了一些研究打开它之前,得知Oklahoma吹嘘〜52个酒厂。(Note: This is far fewer than the 200+ in Texas — yet another reason TX is superior to OK).


The wine poured out a slightly translucent, bricky garnet color. The nose was dominated by cinnamon, cloves, and dark rich fruits like currants & plum. It reminded me of a Christmas candle. I got hints of leather and dust, but was expecting more based on the Texas Tempranillos I’ve tried. On the palate, I picked up a lot of sour cranberry, which later opened up into extracted berry notes, a transformation I found a little surprising given a) this is tempranillo and b) it’s a restrained 12% alcohol. Also a little mineral and dustiness. Short finish. My expectations were low, and this wine exceeded them. If you see Windmill on the shelves and have $7 in your pocket, it’s definitely worth trying.


Posted by|张贴在Wine Where?|Posted on 12-07-2011

Uploaded to Flicr by t.pcox

Over the past six months, I’ve seen a number of my former classmates, including some close friends, take off to live in some very difficult places.

Two years ago we were spending our days in the library and our nights drinking cheap wine in the osterie of Bologna. Now, these same people are working for NGOs, government agencies, and international organizations in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, and South Sudan.

Knowing how much these friends enjoy their wine, I was curious to learn how they were coping with their new surroundings: how do you unwind after a long day’s work in places that have been ravaged by war, civil unrest, and a severe lack of resources? So I sent them each a set of questions to give me a better idea of their new lives and habits.

I received some really interesting, unexpected responses. In fact, they were so interesting that we decided to start a new series on Terroirist called “The Wide World of Wine.” Each installation will take us on a virtual tour of a new location through the eyes of an oenophile.

Our first stop will beBukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC).Read the rest of this entry »

Happy International Tempranillo Day!

Posted by|张贴在1188betasia ,Wine Where?|Posted on 09-01-2011

Today marks the beginning of September. But it’s also the first annual国际普兰尼洛日!

Tempranillo is the legendary Spanish grape native to Iberia that’s at the heart of Rioja and Ribera del Duero wines — and is increasingly grown throughout the world. The grape has some 60 regional synonyms; during a trip to Portugal last summer, I fondly recall quaffing quite a bit of Aragonez, the Portuguese equivalent.

TAPAS — the Tempranillo Advocates Producers and Amigos Society — sent Terroirist a few bottles of Tempranillo to celebrate the occasion. So we’ll be hosting a tasting this evening, with Spanish meats and cheeses to boot. I’ll be live-tweeting the tasting, so be sure to follow@robbyschrumfor up-to-the-minute coverage. We may not break any news — but we may help you pick out a bottle of Tempranillo to enjoy tonight! If you want to join the fun on twitter, the hashtag for tonight is#TempranilloDay.


Posted by|张贴在Grape Adventures,Wine Where?|Posted on 08-04-2011

Last week while we were nervously reviewing last minute details for our WSET Advanced Exam, I mentioned to a couple of my classmates that I had spent the weekend in Maryland – dining at Volt restaurant in Frederick and visiting several nearby wineries.

“So, is there any hope for Maryland wine???” – Classmate

“Well, one was really fun and surprisingly good.” – Me

“You must be talking about Black Ankle.” – Another Classmate, overhearing us from across the room

It’s true. The trip to Black Ankle was definitely the highlight of our winery stops. I’d tried their wines at an event in DC last year and also read the September 2010纽约时报文章关于马里兰州的葡萄酒, which mentioned them and others. Since then I’d been curious to check out the Maryland wine experience.

Below are my impressions:Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by|张贴在Wine Where?|Posted on 03-21-2011


The up-and-coming Okanagan region is a mere few hours’ drive from the city (just north of Washington State and the Canada/US border), where 190 wineries are producing fair-to-very-good-quality wines from mostly classic varieties. The region lacks a signature regional wine, but BCicewineis recognized as world class, and some Chardonnays have won international attention.

So, it’s avibrantand thriving wine community…or is it? Not so much, according to a buzz-killing new research study conducted through Simon Fraser University and Genome Canada. Political scientist Andy Hira, Ph.D., conducted policy-motivated research on the Okanagan wine industry, and hisreportemerged with a laundry list of critical industry troubles.Read the rest of this entry »

Wining in the Desert

Posted by|张贴在Wine Where?|Posted on 02-24-2011

In the desert, wine may be a mirage. In fact, after many miles of wandering through the hot, dry, arid climate, many may hallucinate — hoping to get one last sip of their favorite varietal before expiring in the heat. Luckily, the advent of motor vehicles and air conditioning make that prospect a thing of the past.

High in the Sonoita desert plain, winemakers are bucking conventional wisdom and crafting wines with artisan aplomb. Thanks to Dr. Gordon Dutt and his experimental vineyard planted in 1973, the cultivation of grapes is a not-so-far-fetched idea. As part of a trial cultivation in the vineyards that would later becomeSonoita Vineyards, the retired soil scientist from the University of Arizona planted those first vines to see if there was any way possible to cultivate grapes in the area. Low and behold, the area was quite suitable for wine growing and an AVA was born.Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by|张贴在Wine Where?|Posted on 02-23-2011

The Embassy of Hungary in Washington, DC

Last week, I managed to snag an invite to a tasting of wines from “Tokaj and Beyond” at the Embassy of Hungary. My conclusion? I don’t drink enough Hungarian wines.

First, some background – as most people, myself included, are clueless when it comes to wine from Hungary.

全国有22个葡萄酒产区,其中最著名的当然是托卡伊。而且他们已经有生产葡萄酒了几百年。该地区的葡萄酒签名,托卡伊Aszu,日期1550最早的文字记录 - 自1665和Aszu葡萄酒已经规定政府。

In 1703, King Louis XIV of France called Tokaji Aszu, the “wine of kings, king of wines.” (Barolo has been described with the same phrase, but only since the mid-19thcentury. Take that, Italy.) The wine is even memorialized in Hungary’s national anthem – “In the grape fields of Tokaj, you dripped sweet nectar.” Perhaps we should mention Napa Cabs in the Star Spangled Banner…

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Rediscovering North Carolina’s Wines

Posted by|张贴在Wine Where?|Posted on 02-22-2011

Virginia Dare, courtesy of cdlib.org.

当侍酒师,餐馆老板,和酒aficionados discuss the wines of the United States, the focus tends toward California, Oregon, Washington, and sometimes New York. It is not likely to hear any mention of, say, North Carolina in such a conversation.

但是,这并非总是如此。在1904年,最畅销的酒在美国北卡罗莱纳州制作。Virginia Dare, named for the first child to be born to English settlers, soon had demand far outweighing its supply. To appease the public’s thirst, California bulk wine was added to increase volume much to the dismay of Americans.

加州葡萄酒被认为在20世纪初的粗糙农民车费,认为玷污北卡罗莱纳州的上等葡萄酒的精致复杂。然而,目前,多数人 - 包括那些在葡萄酒行业 - 不知道,像北卡罗莱纳州引起了葡萄酒生产在美国,仍然生产优质的葡萄酒。

This article is intended to debunk a few myths regarding the wine industry in North Carolina, and to introduce a winemaker currently dealing with the difficulty of overcoming the biases of today’s wine world.Read the rest of this entry »

Bring the (Co)Noise

Posted by|张贴在Wine Where?|Posted on 02-21-2011

Cana's Feast Winery

Quick: Name the black grape varietals allowed in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Grenache, Mourvèdre, and Syrah probably made your list — but what about Conoise?

If you didn’t include it, don’t worry too much. Only about 0.5 percent of the Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s surface is planted with this grape. And just a miniscule amount of this grape is being planted in the United States.Read the rest of this entry »