I’ve never previously tried a wine from the Balkans, so I was intrigued when I stumbled upon the cloudy, straw-colored skin contact wine called “Malvadiesel” made by Slovenian winery Rodica. The wine is made from Malvasia Istriana, a white wine grape grown in countries on the Istrian peninsula, namely a small sliver of Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia, where it is the second most common native grape grown.
Monthly Archives: April 2023
Dan Petroski, winemaker and owner of Massican, which makes only whites in Napa Valley, has one of the most fertile minds we’ve come across in our 50 years of enjoying and studying wine. But when we heard about his latest project, even we had to say: What the Falanghina? Essentially, the idea is this: What if he asked other vintners to create a wine that would fit under the Massican style umbrella? Considering that winemakers have such individual passions, this seems a bit out there.
Grape Collective talks with Pierre Gayrard about the native varietals of Gaillac, the terroir of the region, and his foray into the world of orange winemaking.
The world of wine changes, too. Globally, it has been hammered by crises—climatic, socio-economic and political--that have led to heightened attention to sustainability in every niche of the industry, from the ground to the glass. The world is created new every spring, right? So why not be open to new wines or stunning takes on familiar ones?