Tag: california

The wildest winemaker in the West

Jim Clendenen, the shaggy-haired, famously renegade wine personality behind California’s Au Bon Climat, is still courting controversy three decades after founding his legendary winery. Here, Sophie Thorpe comes face to face with the Wildman of wine. “I don’t know how I went straight from Wild Boy to Wild Grandpa, I never got a wild middle […]

David Ramey talks about ‘The Parker Effect’

On Friday we enjoyed a visit from talented Californian winemaker David Ramey, who came to show us his sublime, Burgundian-style Chardonnays and his deep, tantislising reds, made predominantly with Cabernet and a blend of other Bordeaux varietals.  Having worked at Pétrus before heading up Ramey Wine Cellars, we asked David how ‘The Parker Effect’ varies […]