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Fine wine writing aplenty

  • Article Alder on America

    Wine in 140 characters or less

    There was a time when the conversations between the cognoscenti of the wine world happened behind closed doors. Until recently, most of us could have…

    16 May 2013 Alder Yarrow
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    Grape pickings for US lawyers

    These days it seems as though the tool of choice for the upper echelon of the American fine-wine scene is neither a Laguiole nor a personal cellar…

    18 Apr 2013 Alder Yarrow
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    Wine and food matching, but not in store

    To much of the civilised world, it seems most natural. You walk into your local grocery store or supermarket and walk out with the ingredients for…

    19 Mar 2013 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    A trans-Pacific view of Kiwi wine

    You can never revisit the past, but sometimes all you have to do is travel a little bit to be reminded of where you've been. I've just spent the…

    13 Feb 2013 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Winemaker musical chairs

    'I've never fired a winemaker, they've always fired themselves. Every one of them has had their own issues', said Don Bryant, proprietor of Bryant…

    17 Jan 2013 Alder Yarrow
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    Alder's American wines of the year

    One of my embarrassing personal secrets has always been that I have a lousy memory for what I drink. People often ask me, have you had this or…

    19 Dec 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    Napa Valley in retrospect

    See also Alder's tasting notes.Do the wines of Napa share the characteristic of so many of the world's greatest wines, namely the ability to improve…

    20 Nov 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    California 2012 ‘perfect’, but how?

    Most California winemakers are far too busy tending their bubbling tanks and barrels to hold press conferences at this time of year, but trust me when…

    17 Oct 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    Prices and politics in California's 2012 harvest

    Workdays start before dawn this week across Northern California, as this year's harvest gets underway with a massive sigh of relief shared by most…

    18 Sep 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Crushpad - death of a business model

    Silicon Valley lies a mere 90 miles from the heart of California wine country, but sits worlds apart. The frenzy of venture-backed start-ups doesn’t…

    16 Aug 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Summer vacations in wine country

    By the time I was four years old, I had begun to visit my father during the summer at the hippie commune on which I was born. After spending winters…

    18 Jul 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    Syrah - the end of an era?

    For the past 20 years, the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May has always meant the same thing for thousands of wine lovers in…

    20 Jun 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    California grape shortage - fact or fiction?

    'Panic! Wine Prices Due to Rise' read a recent headline on TIME Magazine's website. Welcome to the absurd states of America. That TIME Magazine, not…

    17 May 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    Exporting America - the pitfalls

    On my recent trip to Austria, I stopped in at one of the city’s more well-regarded chain wine stores, Wein & Co, and took a browse around. I always…

    19 Apr 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    The pursuit of California balance

    Clumsy. Overripe. High alcohol. Over oaked. Fruit driven. Massive. Sweet. Made for Mr Parker's Palate.The historical stereotype of California wine,…

    20 Mar 2012 Alder Yarrow