In these episodes of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Laely Heron, and Loren Sonkin convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss Merlots that rock. Subscribe to the IntoWineTV Podcast on iTunes
In these episodes of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent, Loren Sonkin, and Edward Ruiz convene at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants, Incanto, to taste and discuss wines from wineries referenced in the movie Sideways . Subscribe to the IntoWineTV Podcast on iTunes
Is California the only American region producing great wine? In this IntoWineTV wine tasting session, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Pamela Busch convene at San Francisco's CAV Wine Bar & Kitchen for the tasting and discussion of 25 different American wines NOT from California. On what was one of the hottest San Francisco days in recent memory (for those of you unfamiliar with the city, few places have air conditioning in San Francisco), Lisa, Bartholomew, and Pamela weathered the elements and tasted a variety of wines -sparklers, whites, reds, unique varietals, and sweet dessert wines- from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Oregon.
In this IntoWineTV wine tasting session, host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Pamela Busch convene at San Francisco's CAV Wine Bar and Kitchen for a blind tasting and discussion of 24 different wines made, or wineries owned, by women.
Part two of Michael Cervin's series on the superstitions and rituals common to the wine industry. See part 1 . Human beings are creatures of habit and routine, of hope and faith, and sometimes that faith comes in the form of a ritual, superstition, or a specific custom they employ during harvest, verasion, fermentation, planning, maybe even passport weekends! So what do winemakers reveal about their own habits, rituals, and superstitions? We asked them to tell us their secrets of how they hope each vintage is the perfect vintage.
Our 2013 iteration of this list is intended as a source of education and discussion. The making of this list is never an easy process. Who are the most influential wine people in the United States, and how exactly do you define ‘influential?’ Does influential mean people who move markets, impact consumers, inspire winemakers, form policy, and create debate? Yes. Though some decry the consolidation of the wine industry (and that is an issue worth considering) we are not trying to suggest who is “good” or “bad” within America’s wine industry. We merely define the Top 100 people, from winemakers to law makers, bankers to bloggers, and sommeliers to celebrities who influence wine; how it is made, marketed, perceived, sold, shipped, purchased, shared and consumed. As was true in 2012, we sought help to assemble this list people from a diverse group of people and we are grateful for their input. And we chose to release it today, January 29th, as it was on this day in 1919 when the pathetic policy of Prohibition was ratified; the effects of this lunatic legislation still evident in our country’s inability to ship and sell wine across state lines. We honor winemakers, wine drinkers and wine lovers of every conceivable demographic. Use this list, comment on it, share it with everyone, learn from it, and continue your joy of being IntoWine.
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine panelists Bartholomew Broadbent, Michael Cervin, and Richard Jennings discuss the pros and cons of the legal drinking age in the U.S.. Is the legal drinking age of 21 repressive? Does having a legal drinking age deflect from educating young people about why they should or should not drink alcohol? Does prohibiting alcohol use by minors promote a culture of binge drinking? The panel discusses these issues and more. See previous IntoWineTV videos.
In my last article, I listed the Top 75 French Wines to Try Before You Quit Drinking . In this article I look at the “non-dump bucket” list for wines from California. This proved to be a different task. First, very few wineries have a long track record of making great wine. Secondly, while California is diverse, it does not have the diversity of climates and terroir and grape varietals of France. Still, it does produce some of the best wines in the world and any wine lover should make it a point to try as many of them as they can. Here is my list: 1. Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon – It’s hard to pick the first wine. This one is a great wine in every vintage and has been for a long time. Expensive but still possible to afford and made in large enough quantities to be found in grocery stores. Every lover of Cabernet should try this once.
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine panelists Bartholomew Broadbent, Michael Cervin, and Richard Jennings discuss up and coming wine regions. What regions are the best value for the money? What regions are producing great wine but are too far off the radar for anyone to know? The panel discusses these issues and more. See previous IntoWineTV videos.
The Influence of Wine Critics: Are Consumers Getting Better Info or Just More Info? - IntoWineTV Episode 148
In this episode of IntoWineTV, host Lisa Kolenda and wine panelists Bartholomew Broadbent, Michael Cervin, and Richard Jennings discuss the influence of wine critics. The internet has given wine consumers access to a world of information about wine that was previously difficult to obtain, empowering them to become wine critics themselves, with literally thousands of wine blogs and social media accounts dedicated to wine. What is the impact of the dilution of power from a pre-internet age when there were a few dozen influential wine critics to the present where there are thousands of micro-critics collectively shaping consumers perception about wine? Are wine consumers getting better info or just more info? Who are the most influential voices in the world of wine reviews? How much impact do wine critics have on wine sales? The panel discusses these issues and more. See previous IntoWineTV videos.