Age can be a wonderful thing, in people and in wine. If they’re lucky, it can imbue them with wisdom, a clearer sense of what they were meant to be, as well as a validation that choices turned out well. We thought of that recently when we tasted two Fiddlehead Cellars Grüner Veltliners, the 2017 Estate and the 2015 Bebble Reserve, made by Kathy Joseph, the pioneering founder and winemaker of Fiddlehead Cellars in the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara.
- The cru of Burgundy and the communes of Carolo with their varying soil types and microclimates have been studied endlessly. This conversation with Martin NIgl Jr. shows us that Kremstal is not so different, and deserves the exploration of a keen eye and a discerning palate.
- Long-range thinking, healthy soils, biodynamics and diversity are key.
- "If you get stuck in tradition then there's no developing" Austrian winemaker Alwin Jurtschitsch
- At some point, there were 19 grape varieties planted at Burntshirt; now there are 13. “They threw a lot at the wall to see what stuck,” Taylor said. The Grüner stuck and has won awards.
- While the beer does flow strong in this region — and tastes great! — we shouldn’t overlook the wine culture.