Wednesday, January 23, 2008

New York Times Op-Ed "Drink Local"


Op-Ed Contributor
Red, White or Green?

By TYLER COLMAN
Published: December 30, 2007
Waccabuc, N.Y.
Tyler Colman blogs at DrVino.com and is the author of the forthcoming “Wine Politics: How Governments, Environmentalists, Mobsters and Critics Influence the Wines We Drink.” and he recently wrote in an Op-Ed in the New York Times, "now that wine is made in all 50 states, you can reduce your carbon footprint by trying wine from the vineyard down the road from you. Residents in the tri-state region can draw on more than 200 wineries in New York — and a few dozen more in Connecticut and New Jersey.

"In New York City, which has long been a showcase for the area’s wines, there are at least two wine bars that pour only wines from New York. Several city restaurants feature wines from Long Island and the Finger Lakes. And with some grapevines growing in the Queens County Farm Museum, a vineyard planned in Staten Island and the much anticipated debut of what’s being called an urban winery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, local wine will soon be even closer.

You can read the whole piece at: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/30/opinion/30CTcolman.html?_r=1&ref=nyregionopinions&oref=slogin

In his new book, Tyler Colman systematically explains how politics affects what we can buy, how much it costs, how it tastes, what appears on labels, and more. He offers an insightful comparative view of wine-making in Napa and Bordeaux, tracing the different paths American and French wines take as they travel from vineyard to dining room table. Colman also explores globalization in the wine business and illuminates the role of behind-the-scenes players such as governments, distributors, and prominent critics who wield enormous clout. Throughout, Wine Politics reveals just how deeply politics matters-- right down to the taste of the wine in your glass tonight.