The Champagne region of France has announced the start dates for the 2019 harvest, with villages commencing harvest gradually beginning this week and into next week. The start dates vary by each village and grape varietal, ensuring that every plot is picked at the optimal ripeness. Every year, all the … Read the rest
Wine Access, a leading online direct-to-consumer wine retailer, announced today the findings of a recent internal study of sales data that shows Generation X holds greater immediate purchasing potential than Millennials, despite greater industry focus on wooing the younger generation. The data, which spans 2017 to 2019, supports recent … Read the rest
Beaulieu Vineyard has celebrated numerous milestones since founder, Georges de Latour and his wife Fernande, landed in Rutherford in 1900. This week, Beaulieu Vineyard will mark another significant milestone with the official celebration of the winery’s 80th anniversary of its first bottling of the notable Georges de Latour Private … Read the rest
Joachim Splichal has been a master chef for years, helming one of Los Angeles’ most iconic restaurants, Patina, and he currently oversees 65 restaurants worldwide. So perhaps it should not be a surprise that he has turned to making his own wine from his native France, specifically a Provence-style rose’ … Read the rest
Chile has emerged as one of the world’s leading producers of Pinot Noir. As a notably fickle grape, Pinot Noir has seemingly found its sweet spot within the cooler climates of the region. Located in Chimbarongo, just in the midst of the Colchagua Valley, exists Conosur’s winery. Founded in 1993 … Read the rest
Planted in 1969 by the second generation of the family, July 16 marks the 50th anniversary of the original block (“Heritage Block”) of Green Acres Vineyard – the first vineyard planted by the Sangiacomo Family. What began as an idea to evolve the family business during the decline of … Read the rest
The CIVB (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux), the leading French wine trade association, held its General Assembly recently.
Its members, including 25 winegrowers (designated by the Fédération des Grands Vins de Bordeaux) and 25 négociants (designated by the Fédération des Négociants de Bordeaux & Libourne), elected Bernard Farges as … Read the rest
With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to branch out and encourage customers to try some crisp, refreshing wines recommended by Petra Polakovicova, Wine Director at San Francisco’s only waterfront steakhouse, EPIC Steak. Below, Petra shares her current favorites for this season.
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Moët Hennessy Estates & Wines announced the launch of Skyside and Anne Dempsey as Winemaker. Born within Newton Vineyard in 2007 as Red Label and known today as Skyside, these wines have evolved as a result of consumer trends and feature a unique expertise for identifying the best terroir and … Read the rest
The Grapes of Wrath
Fortunately, Wrath Wines are not angry, but they are specific. Case in point, this single vineyard Syrah out of Monterey, the San Saba Vineyard, will benefit from a little decanting before drinking. It’s a big boy but has class, allowing the deep rich fruit to open … Read the rest
My Favorite Neighbor Vineyards of Booker Winery has released a new wine, Harvey & Harriet. Officially released earlier this month, the 2017 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon blend is the latest addition to the range of premium wines in the leading Paso Robles producer’s portfolio, headed up by owner and winemaker … Read the rest
After 18 years, Anne Moller-Racke has decided to step away from the Donum Estate, as President and Winegrower, to devote her full time and energy into building Blue Farm Wines. Started in 2001, with the planting of seven-acres of Pinot Noir behind her historic Victorian farmhouse in Sonoma, Blue … Read the rest
Frank Family is celebrating over 25 years in the wine business, a feat owner Rich Frank might not have thought possible given the fierce competition out there. But what their 2017 Carneros Pinot Noir shows is that truly wonderful wines always have an audience. I’ve had Frank Family wines over … Read the rest
Cavit Collection Wines is transitioning its still white wines to screwcap closure. Cavit’s iconic packaging, emphasizing the brand’s commitment to quality, modernity and authenticity, will remain otherwise unchanged. The range of high-quality, approachable and food-friendly whites includes Riesling, Oak Zero Chardonnay, Moscato and Pinot Grigio. The decision to move to … Read the rest
Malbec is a well-known wine practically synonymous with Argentina. But who knew Malbec is named for Sieur Malbeck, an 18th century Bordeaux vintner who gained commercial fame with the grape?
“In France, most people know the birthplace of Malbec is Cahors, only a two-hour drive east of Bordeaux,” said Alexis … Read the rest