Tony Coturri

Two Old Zins

RAW WINE has given us a very happy excuse to take stock of our library wines. After careful excavation of the cellar, a few mystery artifacts, and much tasting, we've decided on two older estate zinfandels, amongst others, to keep us company in London.The Estate Vineyard

Tony Coturri

1 min read

First Loser

Another peculiar part of the American identity is always wanting to be first. In our professional sports leagues we don’t give respect to the runner-up, we venerate the champion. It’s all or nothing. If you’re not winning, you’re failing. The American psyche wants to identify with

Tony Coturri

2 min read

Opinion

California’s Meaningless Appellations

Californiaʼs well-known wine regions will never reach the pinnacle of international quality until real appellation control rules are made. In Europe, in theory, appellation rules protect quality and tradition. They generally revolve around varietals that have been proven to thrive in the soil and climate of a given region, and

Tony Coturri

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Opinion

SIP (Sulfite Is Poison)

Any discussion, conversation, argument or no-holds-barred fight on the topic of “natural” wines has to start with the two winemaking practices most often used to define such wine: using natural/field-born yeast for the fermentation, and not using SO2. If SO2 is used anytime during the development or bottling of

Tony Coturri

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Opinion

Our Era of Wine

We’re living in an era of wine production that has moved far from the origin of grape wine. In the last several weeks three new products have come to light: a large blender designed to masticate grapes to a pulp in order to increase color; a yeast developed to

Tony Coturri

3 min read

Opinion