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Spring brings barrel tasting

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The Hostess and I spent the weekend at what seemed a virtual sprint but an enjoyable one, nonetheless. The schedule began Saturday with us chugging around the valley for the second weekend of the "Barrel Into Spring" tasting event sponsored by the Grand Valley Winery Association, a fun annual event that this year seemed more-crowded than ever. Officially limited at 190 people per weekend (it originally was a one-weekend event but demand grew to where another weekend recently was added), ...


Terremoto at VinItaly

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, April 9, 2009

On the road, northern Italy - It's early on April 6 and the voice, not the words, of the radio announcer on Italy's Radio Uno that alerts me something is changing. My Italian is limited, mostly to wine-related topics and that mostly to when the speaker takes it easy on me. But the news of the earthquake in Abruzzo isn't easily hidden even by a language barrier, and it's not long before I've pulled off the road to listen. "Terremoto, megnetudo 5.8," says the voice and the latest results ...


Day 4, Vinitaly

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, April 5, 2009

Tramin, Italy - This town lies smack in the Alto Adige region of northern Italy, the home, at least the historic home, of Gerwurtztraminer, the spicy white grape and wine that gives so much delight at so little cost. It's late and I've arrived after spending most of the day purposefully wandering the aisles of VinItaly with Susannah Gold, author of the delightful blog avvinare. Was it the weather or the economy that kept crowds down at VinItaly? VinItaly seemed a bit less crowded this ...


Day Two, Vinitaly

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, April 3, 2009

VERONA, Italy-- April 3. The rains returned today to this city of Romeo and Juliet and a walk around the Coliseum was washed out along with some of the expected crowds at VinItaly, the largest wine fair in Italy and possibly the world. There are 3,500 or so exhibitors here this year, a mere smidgen of the estimated 27,000 commercial wine producers in Italy. And that does not come close to including the millions of Italians who grow a row or three of grapes for their home ...


Day 5: Italy 2009

By Dave Buchanan
Tuesday, March 31, 2009

CARPESICA, Italy - Some early thoughts during this year's trip to Il Bel Paese... "Welcome to sunny Italy," said winemaker Santé Toffoli with a rueful laugh Tuesday as we watched the rain splash onto the rolling hills of his already soaked vineyard in Refrontolo, Italy. It's been raining in northern Italy for four or five days, just about since I walked off the plane Friday in Milan. Just a coincidence, that's all. Honest. This small village (at the risk of being redundant, yes, ...


A wine with a taste of spring

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, March 13, 2009

It's springtime in the Rockies, no matter what the calendar says. Ski season began in December with a blast of snow across the state but the rest of this winter never lived up to the promise of last year when most ski resorts were reporting record snow falls. We spent Thursday skiing Telluride, where the weather was decidedly undecided on whether it was winter or spring. A little snow, a little sun, a little wind, more snow, more sun, more wind, etc.. The temperature never got warm enough ...


To be Fresh and Wyld

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, March 2, 2009

The Hostess and I spent Friday skiing the steep but not-so-deep of Telluride, a lovely day of confused weather (blowing snow and cold, cold wind alternating with spring-warm, sunny skies) and then hied off to Paonia for dinner at Dava Parr's wonderful farmhouse inn, gardens and bed-and-breakfast called Fresh and Wyld. Dava's an extremely talented and down-to-earth chef, having earned her burns serving some of Aspen's high rollers for more than two decades before deciding to move to ...


Insights on technology

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, February 19, 2009

I'd be the last to claim being an expert in all the tricks of the winemaking trade. There are others who have more insight than I, and lots of others who share more passion about their insights. I thought of this last night, with the Hostess out of town, while reading Alice Feiring's always fascinating wine blog and a couple of recent entries that had me intrigued at the level of knowledge wine blogs can dredge up with little notice. In the first entry, Feiring explores and deplores the ...


The Grand Tasting and old varietals

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, February 9, 2009

The Big Boys came out to play on the final night of VINO 2009, which featured the Grand Tasting with more than 300 Italian produttori showing off the best of their best. It was noisy, crowded, a hubbub of different languages all trying to be heard over the crazy din. In other words, a typical mass-market wine tasting but with a wonderful Italian twist, although Terry Hughes evidently wasn't as pleased. Ensconced among the long tables groaning with wine bottles were a handful of producers ...


The not-so-Au-Bon-Pain

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, February 1, 2009

I survived New York City but I couldn't duck the chicken. On the way through La Guardia I snagged a sammy for the flight home, since airlines are flying mean and lean (I don't mind lean but the mean part sometimes is too much) and munched the chicken-on-olive-loaf while flying high over a snow-covered Midwest. As we lifted over the Hudson River, the pilot assured us we weren't "going goose hunting, if you know what I mean," but his joke came back on me the next day when I came down with ...


Vino 2009 and good friends

By Dave Buchanan
Thursday, January 29, 2009

New York City never ceases to amaze. Just when you think you'll never go back, you do, and it's like you never left, both good and bad. I just returned from 3 days in the Big Apple and just seeing the sea of yellow taxis reminded me why a friend once called it "the city where every cab in the world goes to die." It's also a place where new friends pop out of the woodwork, or in the case of the 360-degree observation deck (Top of the Rock) on the 65th floor of the Rockefeller Center, out ...


The Big Apple and Vino 2009

By Dave Buchanan
Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's Sunday night and I'm packed for a quick trip Monday to New York City and Vino 2009, the mid-stop of a three-city whirlwind Italian wine tour. I'm not making the three-city tour; that's for a couple hundred Italian winemakers and their representatives. The first stop was in Boston this weekend, with New York Monday to Wednesday and Miami next weekend. It's a tough venue on the people making the journey but the Italian Trade Commission figures it's necessary. The economics and the ...


The time might be right for Italian wines

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, January 19, 2009

Next week, Vino 2009 comes to America and there's been an interesting dialogue on whether it's a good time to hit these shores or perhaps a time to hold back. Vino 2009 also is known as Italian Wine Week, an industry mega-convention hitting Boston, New York and Miami, bringing hundreds of importers, buyers and key wine professionals together with more than 300 Italian wine producers, many of whom are seeking an in with the American wine market. Which isn't curious, considering how many ...


Sometimes the right wine finds you

By Dave Buchanan
Monday, January 12, 2009

Finding an intriguing wine often is a matter of luck. Sometimes I've followed friends' advice and been disappointed and sometimes I've bought a bottle on a whim and struck gold. That leads me to a couple wines I've had this oh-so-short New Year that surprised me, perhaps because I wasn't expecting much (admittedly had the bar pretty low) or maybe I wasn't quite ready for the impact these wines were going to make. Neither is very old in terms of vintage or aging, nothing at all like the ...


Looking for New Year’s bubbles

By Dave Buchanan
Friday, January 2, 2009

It's Jan. 2 and bit late to partake in my friend Jeremy's "What they Drank for Christmas, The Mini-Series" but you can go here to see what interesting wines some interesting people opened during the holiday. On Dec. 31, I was planning to pop some Champagne when I read Alice Feiring's blog about "Remedial Bubble Assistance" and realized I didn't really want to drink a bit of Moet et Chandon if there was something more interesting to drink, so I set about searching for, well, something more ...


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