California Fire Relief Efforts: Where and what to donate (via Biondivino)

Images via Vino Girl’s Instagram (Napa). The stories of devastation and loss are as gut-wrenching as they are heartbreaking. “The ferocious fires in the Wine Country and beyond,” wrote the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, “destroyed new territory on multiple fronts Wednesday, threatening communities untouched by the previous onslaught — including the cities …

Bottle Winners (Top Wineries) in Slow Wine’s debut guide to California wines

The editors of the Slow Wine Guide would like to express their heartfelt solidarity with the victims and displaced in the Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino fires. Elaine Brown, California contributor to JancisRobinson.com and senior editor for the Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California, posted this dispatch yesterday morning on the Slow Wine blog …

Snail Award Winners in Slow Wine’s debut guide to California wines

The Slow Wine’s new project launched a week ago: The Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California, soon to be available online and in print. Today, we are going to begin sharing the prizes that our editors have awarded to Golden State wineries in the 2018 edition of the guide. We’ll start with the …

The NEW Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California

The new Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California was both a challenge and a gamble. The Slow Wine project was born eight years ago when Slow Food, the international foodways movement, decided to publish its own guide and break away from the Gambero Rosso and its Vini d’Italia (Wines of Italy), which the …

The editorial team behind the new Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California

The Editorial Team Giancarlo Gariglio, editor-in-chief Elaine Brown, senior editor David Lynch, senior editor Jeremy Parzen, coordinating editor Elisabeth Fiorello-Sievers, field editor Nicholas Phelps, contributor When he first decided to launch a new Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California, Slow Wine editor-in-chief Giancarlo Gariglio reached out to American wine writer and educator Jeremy …

The time is right for the Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California.

Above: The western edge of the Santa Ynez American Viticultural Area. The Pacific coast lies just a stone’s throw away. Perceptions of gastronomy’s cultural value have changed radically since the Slow Food international movement was founded in the late 1980s in Piedmont, Italy as a champion of traditional foodways threatened by Italy’s growing appetite for …

The Slow Wine Prizes: A guide to the guide’s prizes.

Above: The mouth of the Russian River in Jenner, California on the Pacific coast. SNAIL The SNAIL PRIZE is awarded to wineries whose values (high quality wines, originality, respect for the land and environment) align with the Slow Food movement. Quality-price ratio is another factor that our editors consider. BOTTLE The BOTTLE PRIZE is awarded …

A note on methodology for the Slow Wine Guide to the Wines of California

When our editorial team first got together on a Skype chat to discuss the parameters for inclusion in the guide, the biggest question we faced was whether or not organic farming practices or certified organic going to a baseline criterion. In Slow Wine’s guide to Italian wines, organic farming isn’t a requirement for inclusion. There …