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David Schildknecht | Grape Legends

    David Schildknecht is widely recognized for championing German, Austrian, and Alsatian wines for the US market–early in his career. David has written untold essays and articles, and from 2006 has been a full-time wine critic at The Wine Advocate, or eRobertParker.com David is responsible for covering regions in the United States such as Washington, Oregon, the AVA’s nearest the Finger Lakes and due East to New York’s Long Island. Occasionally, David will review other viticultural areas of regard in the US, for example, Virginia. Elsewhere on the globe, David has his hands’ full covering Germany, Austria, Alsace, Beaujolais, the Loire Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, and plenty of other less heralded locations such as Corsica or Jura.

    Interview Series – Click each question below to load it, above.

    » You’ve said “We recognize it [a wine's place of origin] as we might someone’s face.” Ludwig Wittgenstein stated “What can be shown cannot be said.”

    » Your former boss, Stephen Tanzer, as well as readers of the IWC, must be scratching their heads due to your hitherto metamorphosis relative appointing scores in lieu of stars.

    » You said this: “Few can achieve true greatness without ambition to carry one’s spirit over adversity and fuel the body when arduous tasks threaten to become mere chores.”

    » “Carignan, believed by many to be a worthless grape; well it turns out that it is worthless–like some people–for the first 30 years of its life. Eventually, it grows-up & matures, gets into balance & produces brilliant wine. And, when it’s very old–like a hundred years old–it produces exquisite wine.” said Randall Grahm.

    » Author, Jonah Lehrer, of “Proust was a Neuroscientist” stated “Without our subjectivity we could never decipher our sensations, and without our sensations we would have nothing to be subjective about.” Would you say the measure of objectivity and its approach to evaluating wine is pursuant to consistent subjectivity?

    » Have you ever seen the film: “The White Ribbon”[Das weiße Band]?

    » “To have diversity we have to let the terroir speak…How could you make music with one note?” said Jean-Michel Deiss

    » Renowned Chef, Dan Barber, considers farmer, Klaas Martens, of Lakeview Organic Grain a “genius.” Uniquely, Klaas pushes the conventional crop rotation envelope, as it were, and the results speak for themselves. It’s hard for me to imagine that the biodiversity beneath the soil flourishes as well since vines pretty much stay, put.

    » Either there’s just a preponderance of what have become emblematic terpenes, for example in Sauvignon Blanc, or its terpenes are commonly amplified because the grape is often harvested prior to reaching phenolic ripeness. If you will, seldom are those emblematic tones “obvious” in Vatan’s Clos la Neore.

    » Peter Cargasacchi stated “I don’t know what the definition of a noble variety is. Part of the definition seems based on social politics. I think you could say that a true noble variety “can” improve with time in the bottle?” You said that Kracher’s ’02 #11 Welschriesling “left me speechless for the longest time…Enobled wine from a “non-noble” grape.”

    » Howard G. Goldberg recently edited “The New York Times Book of Wine” And, he had said that “Helmut Dönnhoff’s rieslings, from Nahe, are the only Platonic whites that make me cry.”

    » If one says it’s a great vintage, and–instead–you say it’s typical of a great vintage, what’s the distinction?

    » Take the producer in the Loire, François Chidaine: Initial sips appear sweet and subsequent ones go dry. Are we any closer to understanding this paradox?

    » Speaking in Gettysburg, PA(your hometown), Colonel Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain said “In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision place of souls.” In what manner should you wish that your spirit linger?