Meeting of the Creators

Talk about a modest proposal.

One of Spain’s top wine writers and a pioneer of the Priorat region, reflecting on the apparent convergence of taste that is gripping the wine industry, decided to discuss the trend with a group of the world’s top winemakers and a group of the world’s top wine writers for a two-day conference to be held in Ronda, Spain, on April 18-19. Their efforts have been rather successful, judging from a list of participants that include winemakers Peter Sisseck, Alvaro Palacios, Carlo Ferrini, Paul Draper and Denis Dubourdieu and wine writers Michel Bettane, Stephen Tanzer, James Halliday and Jancis Robinson, who is honorary president of the event.

The name of the event? Nothing less than WineCreator (told you it was a modest proposal…). Wanna go? It’ll cost you a measly 2,000 euros – just for the conference, for wine professionals. Non-professionals pay 4,000 euros including meals and lodging for two days.

With that kind of pricing, I’m hoping somebody will publish the proceedings or put videos online. It is a remarkable gathering of minds, and it would be very much worth sharing their thoughts with the world. There will be enough wine writers present to do that, right?

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Tony Aspler, OC, WWA

It’s funny how we learn about such things. Tony Aspler, very probably English Canada’s most respected wine writer and certainly the top authority on Canadian wine, was made a member of the Order of Canada last week… something I found out from a news item on the Decanter web site. Feels a little weird to go to a British site to find out something about Canada.

Anyhow. Congratulations to Mr Aspler, who (more…)

Published in: on January 3, 2008 at 5:52 pm  Comments (2)  
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More champagne?

I just caught up with an enlightening article published in Wednesday’s New York Times, about the proposed expansion of the area where vineyards could produce wines entitled to be called Champagne. It seems that some 40 communes could see vineyards qualify and be added to the 300-or-so communes currently included in the appellation. The criteria according to which communes could or could not be added seem unclear and the so does the selection process.

Funny enough, this is happening as global demand for champagne is on the rise. Could this have more to do with financial imperatives than with an actual appraisal of quality in the vineyard? You tell me. But obviously, the sense of an appellation doesn’t seem quite as precise and unchanging in the champenois vineyards as it is, say, in Burgundy.

Published in: on December 28, 2007 at 1:07 am  Leave a Comment  
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Diving in

Welcome to The Wine Case, a blog about the wonders and oddities of the wine world. Everything from the high-scoring big bottles from Wine Spectator to the subtleties and sometimes voodoo-like qualities of biodynamic wines, as well as trade news and some tasting notes.

The Case is written from a Quebec/Canadian point of view – ’cause that’s where this blogger’s from. But as I’ve travelled around, bought and tasted wine in a lot of regions and tried to read up about just about every bit of the wine world, I hope it will have a wide-ranging perspective that will allow wine lovers from all over the world to join in.

So cheers, everyone, and until the next cork pops, untainted.

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 9:53 pm  Comments (1)