(what took me so long from posting this? Jon Rimmerman gave me this incredible shoutout January 31st, which are his reasons to subscribe to the newsletter)
Rants and Raves Dear Friends,
First off, I’ve written plenty of ridiculous things over the years but I have to call a spade a spade when it is not only misinformed but does a complete disservice to an entire young generation of artisans attempting to re-write the complacency of years gone by.
As one of the more unreasonable assessments of a wine movement I’ve read in a while, the following article completely misses the point. A zero dosage wine (in some way, akin to using no oak) forces the fastidious to produce better and to farm better – the flaws cannot be covered by sucrosity, which is EXACTLY THE POINT. To be satisfied with the stodgy former status quo of a region that’s (arguably) been saved by the brut nature/no-dosage youth movement is utter nonsense: http://www.jamessuckling.com/champagne-or-champain.html Rant over. Rave to follow...
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