Tag: Au Bon Climat

How California got cool

There’s something going on out west: California is leaving behind its super-charged turbo-strength reputation, with a new generation striving for poise in their wines. Here, Sophie Thorpe traces the state’s exciting evolution California is unbelievably hip right now. As long as it’s the right California – the New California. In circles of natural-wine nuts, off-beat […]

The wildest winemaker in the West

Jim Clendenen, the shaggy-haired, famously renegade wine personality behind California’s Au Bon Climat, is still courting controversy three decades after founding his legendary winery. Here, Sophie Thorpe comes face to face with the Wildman of wine. “I don’t know how I went straight from Wild Boy to Wild Grandpa, I never got a wild middle […]

Winemakers in concert

While the pool of touring rock stars is rather small in Hong Kong, Josh Rubenstein – Head of Wholesale in our Hong Kong office – finds that the wine world supplies the city’s oenophiles with a steady stream of vinous celebrities. I have few gripes about life in Hong Kong, but I don’t mind whinging about […]