By now, you’re probably bored of the numerous “Best of 2019” recaps. No matter the genre, there’s a list: Best movies, best novels, biggest stories. It’s enough to make me reach for a glass of something ordinary, just to drown the feeling of having missed out on so much. So while this article is going to include a few highlights from the past year, I’m going to focus more on the year to come. After all, it is the season for resolutions. How many have you broken already? As a regular contributor, I’m responsible for reviewing the wines of Southern France (Languedoc, Roussillon, Provence and the Rhône Valley), Australia and New Zealand. That’s a lot of wines. So many that sometimes it’s hard to find time to taste wines from outside of those regions. But I think in order to do a good job reviewing those wines, it’s also necessary to have a decent understanding of wines from other parts of the world. How can I realistically assess an Australian Nebbiolo or Sangiovese unless I’m familiar with Italian versions? Or a New Zealand Pinot Noir without tasting some from Burgundy, California, or Oregon? Readers want to know how the wines...
The RPWA managing editor gives his picks.