David White

David White, a wine writer, is the founder and editor of Terroirist.com. His columns are housed at Wines.com, the fastest growing wine portal on the Internet.

Most Recent Articles by David White:

Fake Wines Take a Toll on Everyday Consumers

Dec 8, 2015 — David White

Two years have passed since a federal jury convicted Rudy Kurniawan, a prominent wine collector, of fraud for selling counterfeit wines. When the FBI raided Kurniawan’s home in March 2013, they discovered thousands of fake wine labels and hundreds of bottles and corks. He’s currently serving a 10-year prison sentence.

With Seven Wines, Exploring Burgundy’s Côte d’Or

Nov 24, 2015 — David White

At an auction this month in Hong Kong, a single case of wine from Henri Jayer, the legendary Burgundian vintner who passed away in 2006, sold for $83,000.

Saving Sauternes

Nov 10, 2015 — David White

Olivier Bernard knows Bordeaux.

Born there in 1960, Bernard has spent his entire life in the region—and has worked in the wine industry since 1978 when he opened a small wine shop. In 1983, he took over the operations at Domaine de Chevalier after his family purchased the historic estate in Pessac-LĂ©ognan. And he has been president of the Union des Grands Cru, the promotional body for Bordeaux’s top producers, since 2012.

Seven years ago, I organized my first wine dinner

Oct 27, 2015 — David White

I’d fallen hard for wine two years prior but still didn’t know much. Sure, I was reading all the right books and magazines. But the number of wines I had tasted was still quite small.

Finally, a Definitive Guide to Napa Valley

Oct 13, 2015 — David White

We’ve all dreamed of owning something that doesn’t yet exist. I’m still waiting for the hover board I was promised in Back to the Future Part II. But few of us have the courage to create whatever it is we’re lacking.

Stony Hill Proves That in California, What Is Old Is New Again

Sep 15, 2015 — David White

Arnot-Roberts. Lioco. Matthiasson. Sandhi.

These are just four of the producers that are counteracting the notion that ripeness, butter, and oak should define California Chardonnay. Across the country, thoughtful merchants and top sommeliers are showcasing these producers—and a few dozen others—to show consumers that the Golden State can offer elegant, restrained Chardonnay.

In Wine, Accidental Superstars Abound

Sep 1, 2015 — David White

“Born to Run,” the album that catapulted Bruce Springsteen into the national spotlight, celebrated its 40th anniversary last week.

Australian wine has fallen out of fashion

Aug 4, 2015 — David White

In the late 1990s, Americans became obsessed with wines from the Land Down Under. For most of this millennium’s first decade, fruit bombs with quirky names and eye-catching labels flew off the shelves of U.S. retailers. But sales soon began free-falling. Between 2008 and 2013, the U.S. market for Australian wine declined by more than 20 percent.

This Summer, Make Room for Chillable, Gulpable Reds

Jul 21, 2015 — David White

Greetings from Ocean City, New Jersey. This past Saturday, I checked into a rental house for the week with some friends. Since Ocean City is a dry town, we came with plenty of beer and wine, along with ingredients for a few basic cocktails.

Affordable Burgundy Isn’t an Oxymoron

Jul 7, 2015 — David White

If any grape demands contemplation, it’s Pinot Noir.

With Wine, Endless Treasures Await

Jun 23, 2015 — David White

On January 12, 2007, one of the world’s greatest violin players set up shop in the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station in Washington, D.C. Wearing jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a Washington Nationals baseball cap, 39-year-old Joshua Bell pulled out his instrument—handcrafted by Antonio Stradivari in 1713 and purchased in 2003 for nearly $4 million—and played six classical songs for rush-hour commuters.

Rest Easy, Wine Lovers—Perception Is Easily Fooled

Mar 17, 2015 — David White

One glass of Cabernet Sauvignon was described as “powerful and heavy.” Another was described as “subtle and refined.” The only difference? The music that was playing while people drank the wine.

In Its Greatest Moments, Wine Provides an Idealized Reality

Mar 3, 2015 — David White

Fifteen years ago, Stephen Tanzer, one of the world’s leading wine critics, described the Cabernet Sauvignon from Ridge’s 1991 harvest in Monte Bello Vineyard as “among the top dozen made in California during the last 20 years.”

Investing Our Hearts in Champagne

Feb 17, 2015 — David White

“Here you have this wonderful, miraculous thing, with hundreds of thousands of little tiny bubbles that are defeating gravity and exploding in this gentle fragrant foam on the lip of the glass. There is something beautiful—in a kind of giddy way—about just the sight of Champagne.”

It was slightly surprising to hear wine importer Terry Theise make this statement.

Craft Beer Boom Benefits Wine Industry

Feb 3, 2015 — David White

About 50 million cases of beer were purchased on Super Bowl Sunday. It’s no wonder Anheuser-Busch, America’s largest brewer, purchased three and a half minutes of ad time during the big game.

Are Modern Sommeliers Educators? Absolutely.

Jan 20, 2015 — David White

I was out past midnight one recent Wednesday, despite a meeting early the next morning. When I headed home, my route took me through Washington, D.C.‘s popular 14th Street corridor, where a few bars and restaurants were still open.

Three Wine Trends to Watch for in 2015

Jan 6, 2015 — David White

2014 will likely go down as the year that powerful wine critics lost their grip on the marketplace.

War, Wine, and Giving Thanks at Christmas

Dec 23, 2014 — David White

One hundred years ago this week, France launched its first major offensive against Germany in World War I. The fight took place in the winegrowing region of Champagne, which the German army had invaded just weeks after hostilities broke out. Nearly 200,000 lives were lost in the three-month battle.

Delectable: A Wine App That Could Revolutionize Drinking

Dec 9, 2014 — David White

Alexander Niehenke began to appreciate wine ten years ago. But for the first four years, it was simply a beverage he enjoyed with dinner from time to time, especially when cooking at home.

Rethinking the Tasting Note

Nov 25, 2014 — David White

“This first wine is a fighter; he’s loud. The second wine is pensive; she has a dark side.” This past Saturday, as I led a seminar in Chevy Chase, Maryland, one of the participants offered these tasting notes while comparing two wines.