Allen Meadows, aka the Burghound joins us live to talk about his travels and experiences in Burgundy and elsewhere. His new book, "The Pearl of the Côte The Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée" will be out in Spring 2010. Subscribers of Allen's quarterly Burghound Review will be alerted when the book is ready to be ordered. If you are not subscribed, you can ask for a head-ups by entering your name and email at BurghoundBooks.com. We talked about how Allen began his travels to Burgundy and what it was like to approach wine producers and taste their wines, often in barrel. The work involved in tasting and writing notes is considerable. Deciding what parts of the producer notes to publish requires a degree in (or at least some degree of) diplomacy. We spoke about gaining the producers' confidence while retaining credibility.
Burgundy's history is complicated and the geography of the small parcels of land hard to keep track of. Allen's book is about these things in great detail with specially prepared maps, notes on the Vosnes Romanée and neighboring areas. You should listen to this recording if you have any interest in wine criticism, Burgundy or just want to hear a master describe the work he's been doing for decades.