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Newsletter 52

Newsletter 52

—AN AMERICAN IN ASTI—  It is a crazy world in which we live. On August 30th, I received an email from Ian D’Agata, contributing editor to Vinous and Decanter, and author the remarkable book, Native Wine Grapes of Italy, inviting me to speak at a conference of the Consorzio Barbera D’Asti E Vini del Monferrato. […]

The White Meds are the Right Meds

My, how my tastes have changed. A million years ago, when I first started enjoying wine, I thought barrel fermented California Chardonnay was the #*%@. The richness of fruit combined with toasty oak was easy to identify and appreciate for my novice palate. I then discovered Chardonnay from White Burgundy, wines with more subtle fruit […]

2013 Montepulciano- A sneaky draft pick

Those of you foolish enough to engage in fantasy sports know there are certain players who go under appreciated. These players are available in the late rounds of a draft, or go undrafted and are subsequently listed on “the waiver wire.” My sleeper fantasty wine pick for the next several years is Montepulciano. Montepulciano is […]

Newsletter 49 SPRING 2015

Newsletter 49 SPRING 2015

WHAT A YEAR IT WAS… For many folks here in Northern California, 2012 was a magical year. The Giants won the World Series (ughhhhh). The A’s made a miraculous turnaround and won their division on the last day of the season. And, more importantly for you, it was one of the best vintages in the […]

Newsletter 48 Fall 2014

Newsletter 48 Fall 2014

2012 GRENACHE  2012 SYRAH How Wine Works  ::  Terroir in Music and Wine I’ve been happily reading David Byrne’s How Music Works since my daughters gave it to me this past Father’s Day. One of the reviewers for this comprehensive work by our beloved man in the big suit states: “It should be named How […]

Every Day is Grenache Day at Unti

  We have taken Grenache seriously around here since 1998, when we planted 3 acres of Grenache Noir from the best three clones available at that time. My love affair with Grenache began many years prior to us planting it, around the same time I learned of this quirky band called Talking Heads. Back then,  […]

Early Returns: It’s early!

For the second consecutive vintage, we are establishing new “earliest harvest dates” with several varieties. For those of you keeping score at home, here are the numbers: Vermentino and Grenache (for Rosé) – August 22 Sangiovese – August 31 Zinfandel – September 1 (earliest by about 3 weeks!) Ciliegiolo – September 2 Fiano – September […]

Newsletter 47 Summer 2014

Newsletter 47 Summer 2014

2013 CUVÉE BLANC   2013 FIANO   2012 SEGROMIGNO Wouldn’t it be nice to get the newsletter // Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long To get a few new wines from Unti Vineyards  // By the time it comes they might be gone ITALIAN SUMMER I know.  I’m a little slow getting these #*@%*# newsletters […]

Barbera: Love and Happiness

Barbera: Love and Happiness Barbera continues to garner attention from the wine press. Here is an excellent piece from Matt Kramer posted 8/19/14 on winespectator.com. Read it by clicking here. Truth be told, I probably drink more Barbera than any other red wine. Kramer eloquently explains why he probably does the same. Nicely done Matt. […]

Newsletter 46 SPRING 2014

Newsletter 46 SPRING 2014

2012 BARBERA 2011 ZINFANDEL 2011 SANGIOVESE 2011 SYRAH BENCHLAND 2011 SYRAH NORMALÉ   It was the best of vintages, it was the worst of vintages, it was the harvest of frustration, it was the epoch of making balanced wines from California, it was the season of low alcohol/high acid wines, it was the season of […]