Monday, August 17, 2020

Annual Index

"Do what you love.  Keep your own bones; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw at it still."                      
                                         Henry David Thoreau

In the early months of 2019, I decided to get back into wine writing with a blog that would talk just about wine and not all the periphery things that define wine making and the promotion and selling of wine. 

Wine is what I know and so, as of July 14, 2020, I had gnawed on 37 blogs, covering a wide range of subjects. The following list is a recap of a year's worth of blogs. I'm a little late getting it out, but I hope you find a bone or two useful and informative that you can gnaw on during these trying times. 

July 12, 2019 -- Beaujolais, perhaps the greatest vinous gift the French gave to the world. 

July 29, 2019 -- Chenin Blanc, still popular in France, but mostly ignored elsewhere.

August 8, 2019 -- A look at what each of the five varieties give to the "Bordeaux Blend."

August 18, 2019 -- An examination of the impact oak barrels have on wine making.  

August 28, 2019 -- Riesling, in all its permutations, is examined and reviewed. 

September 17, 2019 -- Some thoughts on Rhone Syrah and Shiraz, Syrah's Australian cousin.

September 27, 2019 -- Relating a vineyard tour of eastern Washington with my son the winemaker.

October 7, 2019 -- Burgundy, the ancestral home of great Pinot Noir, is visited.

October 17, 2019 -- A summary of some easy steps to a better wine tasting experience.

October 27, 2019 -- An in-depth look at the styles of Sauvignon Blanc. 

November 6, 2019 -- Part 2 of Sauvignon Blanc styles.

November 16, 2019 -- A look at Beaujolais Nouveau and the debt it owes to carbonic maceration.

November 26, 2019 -- An inside look at Zinfandel in "The Zin Primer."

December 6, 2019 -- Examining Sherry, a holiday favorite from Spain.

December 16, 2019 -- No holiday celebration would be complete without a little bubbly.

December 26, 2019 -- Portuguese Port, a great choice to help ring in the new year.

January 5, 2020 -- "Gerald D Boyd on Wine" goes on a wine tour of Italy. 

January 15, 2020 -- An overview of the essentials of Merlot, the grape and the wine. 

January 25, 2020 -- "Wine and the Written Word" takes a personal look at wine writing. 

February 4, 2020 -- Viognier is examined in all its popular styles.

February 14, 2020 -- Visiting Languedoc and Roussillon, the two wine jewels of Southern France. 

February 24, 2020 -- A review of West Coast Chardonnay and its non-stop popularity. 

March 5, 2020 -- Re-discovering New York's Finger Lakes wines.

March 15, 2020 -- A personal account of the demise of a unique wine.

March 25, 2020 -- Exploring Campania's unique "Wines of Antiquity."

April 4, 2020 -- "My Life in Wine" Episode 1.

April 14, 2020 -- Reviewing the valued white wines of Alsace. 

April 24, 2020 -- A look at Tempranillo and Spain's top red wines.

May 4, 2020 -- "My Life in Wine" Episode 2.

May 14, 2020 -- Remembering Michael Broadbent.

May 24, 2020 -- Malbec's new life in Argentina.

June 3, 2020 -- "My Life in Wine" Episode 3.

June 13, 2020 -- Vivino's misleading claim of the "world's best wine."

June 23, 2020 -- A look at Italy's Montalcino.

July 4, 2020 -- America's First Wine Expert.

July 14, 2020 -- "My Life in Wine" Episode 4.

All of the above blogs are available in the Archive. To access the Archive, check the right side of the opening page of any blog or at Note: Due to an idiosyncratic aspect of, there are differences in the appearance of the blog by email and the website. 


Next Blog: "My Life in Wine" Episode 5.

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