Bob Ross wrote:I agree with your observation, Frank.
The really positive counter fact is that less expensive wines have certainly improved over the past 12 years that I've been interested in wine.
Thomas wrote:A rising tide lifts all boats, Bob. When the market keeps growing, and the profits too, there's money to spend on upgrading quality.
Nathan Smyth wrote:Thomas wrote:A rising tide lifts all boats, Bob. When the market keeps growing, and the profits too, there's money to spend on upgrading quality.
That's the point I try to make to people - there are only a handful of countries with fully-developed [or well-understood] terroirs - chiefly France, and maybe parts of Italy, Austria, and Germany [although, even in those Old World countries, we keep getting all sorts of new developments].
We don't even know all the terroirs in California yet [not to mention places like Spain, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand] - and the number of climates out there which might be hospitable for vinifera is almost limitless - Ukraine, India, Nepal, Mainland China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, not to mention Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, even Mexico itself...
With all the excess wealth the world is generating these days, there are an almost limitless number of soil & weather conditions which could be explored for planting vinifera [and labor costs in many of these regions are essentially zero].
Bob Ross wrote:Interesting speculation on the US market and her plans for a TV show, Thomas. It wouldn't have occurred to me, frankly, since this was reprinted from her regular column in the "Financial Times".
It certainly shows her self acknowledged efforts to publicize her books, both the OCW3 and the WA6.
I'll poke her up a bit on the TV plans on Purple, and see what she says.
Bob Ross wrote:Thomas, there was an interesting article on the pilot recently:
Keuka Lake's Heron Hill Winery is one of four wineries that will be highlighted on a new seven-hour documentary series that will focus on American wine and wineries.
World-renowned wine critic and award-winning Financial Times writer Jancis Robinson and veteran documentarian and producer Alan Wright recently joined John Ingle, grape grower and owner of Heron Hill, and filmed the pilot episode of “Jancis Robinson’s Wines of America.”
The wineries included in the pilot episode include Heron Hill, best known for producing internationally renowned Riesling wines; Harlan Estate, the legendary Napa Valley winery whose Bordeaux-style blends are among the world’s best; Sokol Blosser, the winery largely responsible for shaping Oregon’s now prominent wine industry; and Gruet Winery, located in New Mexico, famous for producing sparkling wines that rival those of France. Robinson will introduce the viewer to each winery and then explore its history, vision and profound contribution to the world of American wine.
“To be in the company of such esteemed American wineries is an absolute pleasure and to be the only East coast winery featured in this first installment is quite an honor,” said Ingle. “The Finger Lakes region has so much to offer to the wine industry and I am so pleased that Heron Hill has been chosen to illustrate that fact.”
Wright expects that the pilot episode of “Jancis Robinson’s Wines of America,” will air in the fall of 2008.
Link to article here.
Bob Ross wrote:Sokol Blosser, the winery largely responsible for shaping Oregon’s now prominent wine industry
Bob Ross wrote:I'd love to hear what you think, Robert. Is this your first exposure to the Atlas?
Mark Lipton wrote:Bob Ross wrote:Sokol Blosser, the winery largely responsible for shaping Oregon’s now prominent wine industry
A curious statement, to say the least. I wonder what Dick Erath, among others, would make of it? Madame Sokol Blosser is a friend of my uncle, but I would never have considered them to be in the vanguard in any respect. I guess that I should tune into the show and see what HRH Jancis has to say. On what network will it appear in the US?
Michael K wrote:Perhaps my preference and miniscule experience) but to me Dr Frank does a much better riesling than Heron Hill. Too bad she did not go there.
Thomas wrote: Nathan, I half agree. You lost me with "and maybe parts of Italy, Austria, and Germany" I don't know enough about Austria to comment, but Italy and Germany have fully developed and well-understood regions, and Italy is in the vanguard in further development. I believe Spain may also be quite developed in its regions and so-called terroirs, and is also developing further. But generally, I agree.
Thomas wrote:Nathan, I half agree. You lost me with "and maybe parts of Italy, Austria, and Germany" I don't know enough about Austria to comment, but Italy and Germany have fully developed and well-understood regions, and Italy is in the vanguard in further development. I believe Spain may also be quite developed in its regions and so-called terroirs, and is also developing further. But generally, I agree.
Sharon S. wrote:You're absolutely right about Spain Thomas. Its regions are indeed well developed.
Bob Ross wrote:Thomas, here are two responses Jancis made to my posting of the article/press release, and in particular to a question by a reader of when they could see the series:
Perhaps never anywhere. My two week filming trip to NY, NM, OR and CA in September was simply to film a one-hour pilot for what is hoped to be a PBS series of many hours about American winemakers.
It is being edited at the moment. I will record the commentary when in New York briefly at the end of this month launching the Atlas. The next stage is to find a sponsor - fortunately for me PBS rules forbid a sponsor who has anything to do with the subject matter.
If this project, the brainchild of a British tv producer/director living in the US, comes off, I will have to spend a lot of time in the US in 2008. So if it doesn't, the not inconsiderable consolation is that I won't have to leave my family for so long.
If it does come off, you can be sure that TX will be included, Patricia.
Incidentally, MOST importantly for British wine lovers, a new series on California wine begins on BBC2 tomorrow night: Oz (Clarke) and James (May) get a second series of teasing each other in the company of various winemakers, only this time they are American.
Looks like you are still in the game, Thomas!