Sustainability was the theme of this year’s writing competition and is also the theme of our 20th anniversary celebrations. Today we publish 18 videos with heart-warming and instructive messages from thoughtful producers around the world.
Last Thursday we introduced you to 15 short videos made by our team of contributors, a follow-up to my 15-minute video presentation of the story of JancisRobinson.com. Today it’s the turn of the 18 sustainable producers shortlisted in our recent writing competition, thanks to the budding wine writers who took the trouble to profile them so compellingly. This is a major addition to our brand-new Videos section that you can access via the Videos link in the horizontal menu at the top of every page of JancisRobinson.com.
As with our contributors’ videos, we had to decide on an order and we chose to present the two winning entries first: those on Brooks in Oregon (profiled in the writing competition by Pascal Brooks himself; see today's tasting article devoted to Brooks wines from Oregon) and on Spottswoode in Napa Valley (profiled by Ashley Hausman MW and Martin Reyes MW). See here for our 58 tasting notes on Spottswoode wines.
Thereafter, the producers’ uplifting personal accounts are presented in alphabetical order by producer (sur)name.
We hope there are many useful lessons to be learnt from these very varied presentations, put together by Lilla O’Connor who is, inter alia, one of our vital uploaders of tasting notes. She asked each producer to nominate a favourite wine and they feature at the end of each film.
Below are links to each video with the name of its host and, below, the author of the original profile in our competition.
Brooks, Oregon presented by Pascal Brooks
Spottswoode, Napa Valley presented by Beth Novak Milliken
Ashley Hausman MW and Martin Reyes MW
Cullen, Margaret River presented by Vanya Cullen
Crittenden Estate, Mornington Peninsula presented by Rollo Crittenden
Felton Road, Central Otago presented by Nigel Greening
Hirsch, Sonoma Coast presented by Jasmine Hirsch
Illahe Vineyards, Oregon presented by Bethany and Brad Ford
Jakab, Tokaj presented by Zoltán Jakab
Château Maris, Minervois presented by Robert Eden
Matthiasson, Napa Valley presented by Steve Matthiasson
San Donato, Tuscany presented by Nicoletta Dicova
Sokol Blosser, Oregon presented by Alex Sokol Blosser
Solminer, California presented by David and Anna deLaski
Southbrook, Ontario presented by Bill Redelmeier
Jacky Blisson MW
Waterkloof, Stellenbosch presented by Christiaan Loots
Dr Wehrheim, Pfalz presented by Franz Wehrheim
Franz Weninger, Burgenland presented by Franz Weninger