September Tasting Panel Newsletter

Drinking It In

By: David Gadd
It's beginning to be the season to curl up with a good glass of wine or a dram of whisk(e)y and a good book. Several worthwhile volumes have arrived at our office over the past few months. Here's our read on them.

Washington Wines & Wineries, second edition, by Paul Gregutt (University of California Press, $34.95)

This is the revised version of Gregutt's definitive 2007 book on the Washington State wine industry. The revamped version includes twice as many vineyard and winery profiles, as well as updated tasting notes.

More than ever, Washington is drawing international attention—deservedly so—and the time is right for this new take on the state's booming wine scene. Check out the "Rising Starts" chapter for a look at some up-and-coming producers.

Suggested while reading:
Spring Valley Vineyard 2007 Uriah, Walla Walla Valley ($50)
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Reading Between the Wines, by Terry Theise (University of California Press, $24.95) 

I've  always loved reading Terry Theise's tasting notes. They're not only informative and well-written, but often profound. Now here's a chance to explore Theise's palate and share his intimate knowledge of the wines he selects and the people behind them.

The award-winning importer, best known for his outstanding portfolio of selections from Austria and Germany (imported through Michael Skurnik Wines), refuses to quantify the wine experience, but instead relies on intuition, humor and a deep sense of humanity to make wine appreciation into a spiritual pursuit.

Suggested while reading:
Nigl 2008 Grüner Veltliner Senftenberger Piri, Kremstal, Austria
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The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook, by Albert W. A. Schmid (University Press of Kentucky, $24.95)

Kentucky's famed corn-based whiskey isn't just for sippin' anymore. Here are ways you can use bourbon in onion soup and chili, on pork tenderloin and shrimp skewers, even in hotdogs. And don't forget desserts like pecan pie and plum pudding.

Plenty of photos bring Southern hospitality right on home.

Suggested while reading:
Jim Beam Black Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey ($18)
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Glenglassaugh: A Distillery Reborn, by Ian Buxton (The Angel's Share)

THE TASTING PANEL's regular "Scotch Report" columnist, Ian Buxton, has just published this beautifully-produced book about one of Scotland's most fabled distilleries.

Mothballed in 1986, Glenglassaugh was revived in 2008 by a Dutch investment syndicate and its legendary drams are available once again. The whiskies are being imported to the U.S. by Purple Valley Imports.

Suggested sip while reading:
Glenglassaugh 21 Year Old Single Malt Scotch
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