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Filipa Pato won Feinschmecker Wine Oscar as Best Newcomer

2009 Wine bottle

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Young, female Portuguese vintner Filipa Pato just won the magazine Feinschmecker’s award as Best Newcomer (see announcement in German).  Congratulations!

As she says on her website:

From the study of differences in soil, microclimates, sun exposure, age of the vine, planting density, pruning and varied works of viticulture … I feel that today I am privileged to have created a knowledge base that allows me to understand the wonderful puzzle that our region offers.

 

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Dreaming of Wine in Provence

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We all have dreams. Try dreaming of Provence. The terrain is stunning: hills, bushes and shrubs in green and ochre. Soft herbal smells of wild lavender, rosemary and thyme fill your nose. Winds surround you. The Mediterranean ocean is in front of you. Then there is wine. But in the winter, spending hours in fascinating conversation in people’s wine cellars is a cold pleasure. The good thing is, you are almost alone. I recommend Norwegian wool underwear, or going in Summer, Spring or Fall. Failing that, simply dream about it, and read on (Dreaming of Wine in Provence, Color Magazine – Ed. 34 – Feb. 2011).

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Wine Wars

Wine used to be simple. You liked it or you didn’t. You could afford it or not. You could buy it in your local shop or you couldn’t. Easy. Wine is not so simple any more. Are you confident you drink the wine you believe in? The terroir police are after you. Drinking wine these days is an ideological choice. Do you buy global or local? Do you prefer US, international or a regional style? It’s time to decide what side you are on. Do you pledge allegiance to big business or with the small farmer? How do you even know which is which? This is complex, but you can crack it.

See Wine Wars (html): Terroir-torial disputes of Place, Politics and Profits, online now, including vintner interviews (Macari, Martha Clara), Trond’s Wine Picks (Lavoro Syrah, Bergen Road Macari Bordeaux blend, Black Coyote cab) and links to a small selection of sites that discuss how terroir matters to consumers.

A paper version is available for free in the streets of Boston and New York City.  Also, see this blog’s list of all Color Magazine Wine Columns.

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