Ribolla Gialla: Ribolla di Oslavia & George Vare Ribolla

A couple of spare days between visiting Alto Adige and returning to Barolo during the fall of 2013 led me to the hilly vineyards in the far eastern stretches of Friuli. It was there that I discovered the remarkable Collio DOC zone and the true potential of the Ribolla gialla grape. Dating back to the … Continue reading Ribolla Gialla: Ribolla di Oslavia & George Vare Ribolla

Pinot grigio as ‘Orange Wine’

Wine drinkers in the US like to bash Pinot grigio, saying it tastes like water, has no personality, is innocuous, or is just simply a waste of time. I'll give them "innocuous," on most accounts—but I'd prefer that to some noxiously herbal cats-piss elixir or a thick golden yellow "juice" that tastes like buttered popcorn. … Continue reading Pinot grigio as ‘Orange Wine’

A Snapshot of California Nebbiolo

A small but dedicated group of California Nebbiolo producers picks one day every couple of years to get together and explore one of their own Nebbiolo vineyards, compare each others' wines, and discuss the future of the grape in this state. On the second day, they hold a small public tasting; this year Domenico Winery offered to … Continue reading A Snapshot of California Nebbiolo