Looking for Freshness? Check out Prosecco DOCG

In wine, I always look for freshness. Some of my favorites — from deep reds to pale rosé to crisp whites — bear a mark of distinct freshness. Nowhere is this more elemental than in sparkling wine. Prosecco is one of the world’s best-known sparkling wines, loved by many and readily accessible. At the top…

Making a Meal with Wine from South Africa

Remhoogte adheres to this certification in the production of their estate Chenin Blanc, from 33-year-old vines (the oldest on the estate). It’s all harvested by hand and I find it interesting that only “exposed bunches on the morning sun side” are harvested for this wine, prized for the golden color they acquire from solar contact.

La Collina Biodynamic Bubbles — Lambrusco!

On a recent trip to Nashville to cover the city’s wine scene for USA Today (you can read about it here) I had poured over lists and menus before making reservations. A couple of things really stood out to me, one of them being the cool by the glass list at Rolf and Daughters in…

A Name To Know: Gérard Bertrand

Languedoc wine star Gérard Bertrand has significant reach a stone’s throw from major hotspots in Herault and Aude: Carcassonne, Narbonne and Montpellier.

‘Peace, Bread, Land and Wine’: A Meal With Brooks Winery

Do wine writers really want to be winemakers? Well, when it comes to Brooks Winery that’s probably true. It could be said that well-respected Brooks is a proxy for all that’s right in Oregon wine, the Willamette Valley in particular, Eola-Amity Hills, in super-particular.

Metal Giants: Wind Farms and the Chablis Landscape

Vigneron Julien Brocard and his associates at Vents Contre Air oppose the proposed installation of seven new 150-meter-tall (nearly 500 feet) turbines in the village of Prehy, a stone’s throw from Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard.

Biodynamic and Organic Stories on Forbes

I’ve had the opportunity to cover several aspects of biodynamic and organic winemaking recently on Forbes. I try to cover biodynamics as much as I can, and I’d like to be sure readers of L’Occasion know these stories are available. Thanks for reading, here or at Forbes, and for sharing your stories with me. Alois…

Island Wines Of Italy: How Many Do You Know (#ItalianFWT)

This month I’m hosting a wine writer’s event centered on the Island Wines of Italy. In researching for the event I’ve learned that there are more than 450 Italian islands. 350 of them are in the sea, either as an element of an archipelago or a singleton. There are 100 lake and lagoon islands, of which Venice comprises 32 of them.

Gravner: ‘Nature As A Source Of Thought’

Joško Gravner’s vineyards and cellars in Oslavia—in the Friuli region of Italy, stitched to the border of Slovenia, where one of Gravner’s vineyards exists—are infused with the philosophy that “nature offers everything we need.”