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Columns – Gerald D. Boyd

Tasting Wine
Gerald D. Boyd
Nov 27, 2012

The amount of attention that we, as wine drinkers, pay to the three primary parameters of wine judging - sight, smell and taste -- varies from person to person. The professional is acutely aware that he or she is judging a wine, while the consumer rarely judges a wine when the occasion is for pleasure. Understandably, wine drinkers spend the most time tasting. As important as the sense of smell is to the character of a wine and the impression that smelling leaves on the drinker, most wine consumers spend little time critically sniffing their wine. And even less time is spent looking at the wine's color.

Views on Zinfandel
Gerald D. Boyd
Oct 30, 2012

These days, Zinfandel has found its way into the mainstream of California red wine, thanks to a growing number of Zin specialists in the Sierra Foothills, Lodi, Paso Robles and Sonoma County's two hallmark sub-regions Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Valley. I've been a Zin fan since I started drinking California wine, closely watching the progress of Zinfandel move from ripe, jammy, and high alcohol to wines with finesse and appeal that mirror--dare I say it--Cabernet Sauvignon, but with more up-front fruit.

Soave on the Rebound
Gerald D. Boyd
Oct 2, 2012

For years, the image of Italian white wine held by many Americans, if they thought at all of Italian white wine, was Soave. Simple and fruity, Soave was the chilled white wine refresher that went down easily and wasn't encumbered with oak. What could be better? A lot, as it turns out. Like other wine consumers, I was a Soave drinker, but when the wines began to taste bland and simple, I moved on to something else. What had happened to Soave? I put that question and a few others to Giovanni Ponchia of the Soave and Recioto Soave Consorzio.

Talley Chardonnay
Gerald D. Boyd
Aug 28, 2012

If Chardonnay isn't California's greatest white wine, then what is it? Tough question, because I'm not sure many people know the answer, including me. One person that should know is Brian Talley, owner of Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, California. Since the late 1980s, Talley Vineyards has built a reputation for Chardonnays that don't fit into any of the convenient boxes that seem to define California Chardonnay today. Talley Chardonnays are lean with mineral nuances, and with oak influence that lends a textural note much more than overt seasoning.

A Tour Through Piedmont, Over Dinner
Gerald D. Boyd
Aug 7, 2012

This would not be easy. I was scheduled to meet with Fiorenzo Dogliani, the amministratore delegato , for Beni di Batasiolo, a winery in Piedmont, at a restaurant called Risibisiā€¦and I don't speak Italian. My mono-lingual constitution was rattled, but Batasiolo has a reputation for primo Barolo and Barbaresco, so I'm hoping that Signore Dogliani speaks English.