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September 3, 2018

Harvest Reports 2018

Harvest is almost done. Just a few more days. The harvest is beautiful and plentiful. What a pleasure after several complicated years. Now we must focus on the vinifications, which will not be the most simple for the reds. Sebastien Cornille Domaine de la Roche Bleue, Jasnières September 24, 2018 * * * * *…

August 25, 2018

Cool Piece of Trivia

New Amsterdam, circa 1660: the first map. This has nothing to do with wine and everything to do with the origins of Manhattan, which in turn has to do with culture, which therefore has some bearing on wine however intangibly (everything culturally in the West does, no?). This came about when we were in Brooklyn,…

August 3, 2018

Inspired Prose

Most of us will agree on one thing. A lot of the things said about wine are a complete wank. I often wonder why so many of us bother; why so many of us care. Surely there’s something better we all could be doing with our lives. But then, this… Mount Pleasant Mount Henry Light…

July 17, 2018

Allez les Bleus!

We asked honorary V59 family member, former employee, and fanatical French expatriate soccer fan, Pierre Delamarre, for his thoughts on France’s recent win at The World Cup. The following is uncut: On a gagné! I am beyond pumped and to understand why, you got to look back at the French football history over the last…

June 22, 2018

Beneficial Wildflowers at Quinta do Tedo

Demarcated in 1756, Douro Valley is the world’s oldest wine region. Man has played an important role in shaping this once untouched landscape into a fertile UNESCO World Heritage Site where some of the best wine and the only true Porto in the world is produced. Vintage ’59 Imports’ Portuguese producer Quinta do Tedo is…

June 15, 2018

New Faces of Beaujolais

Beaujolais is currently enjoying a revival, thanks to improved quality and a run of great vintages. The June issue of Decanter profiles the young winemakers who are injecting new energy into the region. Vintage ’59’s Domaine Chasselay is one of the domains featured (Claire, Fabien and their father pictured above). Click on the title above…

June 8, 2018

How Montlouis and Vouvray Became a Chenin Blanc Battleground

For at least a decade, two of the greatest white wine terroirs have been quietly locked in a sort of Kanye vs. Wiz Khalifa-style feud. Click on the header above and be sure to read this fascinating article in Punch by Jon Bonné on Montlouis vs. Vouvray and how their battle symbolizes the past and…

June 1, 2018

Midwestern Vintner Saves Forgotten Grapes that Saved Europe’s Wines

Jerry Eisterhold found the perfect place to start a vineyard with grapes native to the Midwest — grapes that no one had cultivated for more than 150 years. The grapes also saved the European wine industry, allowing people today to enjoy chardonnays and cabernets. Click on the header above to read the entire article: https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/05/03/607403309/midwestern-vintner-saves-the-forgotten-grapes-that-saved-europes-wines

May 25, 2018

“If your wines are not concentrated enough, you’re morally deficient. This drives me shit-fucking mental. It’s ridiculous. It’s like evaluating music based on how loud it’s played.”

Click on the header above to learn more about Randall Grahm in a superb New Yorker profile. That’s Grahm in the picture above (photo by Julie Cahill Photography) with his cellar master/GM Nicole Walsh, who makes wine under her own label Ser. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/21/a-vintners-quest-to-create-a-truly-american-wine

May 21, 2018

Lime Rock’s Rosie Butler

Lime Rock’s Rosie Butler was profiled in an article on inspiring women winemakers in the Grape Collective magazine. Read the article here. Pictured above is harvest time at Lime Rock in March–the picking of the Pinot Gris.