Germany Annual Report: After Flying Blind, A Smooth Landing
2022 was the warmest year ever recorded in most of Germany’s wine-producing regions, and the summer of 2022 was both hot and extremely dry. Although there was some good rain at the end of June, almost no rain fell between July 1 and Sept. 1. By early September, vineyard soils were dryer than at any time in living memory.
The 10 Best Rieslings for 2023
Riesling has always been a divisive variety for wine drinkers. Many revere the grape for its laser-like acidity and ability to age, whereas some hesitate to give Riesling a shot because of its sweet reputation. It’s true that many examples contain varying levels of residual sugar — and that’s not a bad thing — but an increasing number of dry, mineral-driven Rieslings are also hitting the market from an array of regions. All of these wines deserve your attention.
The Soul of Rioja and Germany’s Harmonious GGs: Weekly Tasting Report (Aug 30-Sept 5)
We rated 706 wines from nine countries for our latest Weekly Tasting Report, with James personally involved in the tastings and ratings of a number of the top wines, mainly anything that wasn’t German. This was due to the weeklong trip James took to Spain with his wife, Marie, and Senior Editor Zekun Shuai.
The Rise of Still Blanc de Noirs Wines
In California, Argentina, Germany, and beyond, winemakers are crafting white wines out of red grapes—without turning them into sparkling wines.
Conquering Nature: The Most Difficult Vineyards to Harvest in the World
Harvest season is a winery’s busiest time of year. It can be grueling and occasionally devastating, but also endlessly rewarding when the year’s crop of grapes are finally brought into the winery.
The ‘Sneak Preview’ for Germany’s Newest Grosses Gewächs Reveals the Highs and Lows of 2022
Why German Spätburgunder Is The Pinot Noir You Should Be Drinking
In late August, I joined colleagues from around the world in Wiesbaden, Germany, for the 2023 preview of the VDP. Grosses Gewächs (GG) top dry wines.
There’s a Dry Wine Revolution Happening in Germany Right Now
Many people might still associate Germany with sweet Riesling and sweet Riesling only, but that’s officially an antiquated way of thinking. Yes, high-quality bottlings of off-dry and sweet wines are still very much around.