• Two Thumbs Up
• Aromas of dark berries, spices and leather. Full-bodied with yet-to-be integrated oak, this big wine has flavors of plum, blackberry and playful touches of dark chocolate, cinnamon and allspice.
My mentor and friend, Steven Kolpan, just sent me his latest tome, Exploring Wine, Completely Revised Third Edition. This is an important book for me, as it is not merely the foundation for my limited wine knowledge, it is the very bedrock that everything I’ve absorbed subsequently sits on. My copy of the first edition—dog-eared, thoroughly notated, tabbed and highlighted—is the lens through which I view the wine world. Many of its images and maps are what I see when a wine topic floats by.
So I was a little distressed when I turned to page 201 (out of 792 concise and detailed pages), which addresses the wines of the Southeast. The section on Georgia wines was strickened during the revision. Interestingly, Exploring Wine’s update of the North Carolina wine industry and all its great strides in the past decade was spot on. Alas, nothing on Georgia, despite our recent advances.
I bring all this up because this is Drink Local Wine Week, a celebration thought up by a few wine writers across the country in 2008. The week-long event spotlights wines outside the better-known regions of California, Oregon and Washington. Whether or not Georgia wines return in the fourth edition of Exploring Wine hardly matters. This is the week to seek out the works of the talented growers and winemakers of the Peach State…and other states like North Carolina, Maryland, Michigan and Missouri. To discover the glories of regional wines, and all the goings on during Drink Local Wine Week (including the haiku contest) check out www.drinklocalwine.com.
Gil Kulers is a certified wine educator with the Society of Wine Educators. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Wines are rated on a scale ranging up from Thumbs Down, One Thumb Mostly Up, One Thumb Up, Two Thumbs Up, Two Thumbs Way Up and Golden Thumb Award. Prices are suggested retail prices as provided by the winery, one of its agents, a local distributor or retailer.