Old World vs. New World Wines
Posted 06 September 2002 - 09:31 AM
Who is making the best examples of each in Italy right now?
Posted 09 September 2002 - 08:38 AM
Posted 10 September 2002 - 07:56 AM
But I do think distinctions remain, and they are useful to me in describing wine to customers.
Posted 10 September 2002 - 08:57 AM
Are they "clean" because they have to filter them to remove all the sawdust?
The whole New World thing (Aussies and Californians in particular) is about clean, correct wines, and often with a distinct presence of oak.
Speaking to Mr. Lynch's comment about Old World wines being defective, I wonder if he would apply that to J.L. Chave or Michel and Stephane Ogier?
Posted 10 September 2002 - 09:37 AM
Posted 10 September 2002 - 09:42 AM
Do you think California wines are becoming more food friendly? There has always been suggestions that California winemakers produce to win wine tastings, while others emphasize a relationship with food.
I think you see a lot of California producers stepping back from that
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Posted 10 September 2002 - 09:47 AM
Posted 10 September 2002 - 09:52 AM
I agree. I also agree with your statement that there is too much California bashing. There are many excellent winemakers in the "New World" and I am not limiting that to California.
Ultimately, to me, Old World means "natural." Using the term defective is dangerous because some really great wines nevertheless have technical defects. But that does not stop them from being great. The ideal of a technically perfect wine is not necessarily an ideal and I think you see a lot of California producers stepping back from that--I think, in fact, the Californians are often unjustly criticized by Euro-centric wine drinkers.
Old World wines are definitely marked by defects some of the time. However, I think it is a good trade-off to let the expression of terroir come through rather than show off the technical skill or machinery at the disposal of the winemaker.
Thanks for your detailed answer to my question.
Posted 10 September 2002 - 09:55 AM
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