Premium Cabernet Sauvignon producer Atalon Winery recently moved from Oakville to Calistoga in the Northern Napa Valley. Atalon was previously using Cardinale’s production facilities and is now making wine at the old Robert Pecota Winery and Vineyards.
Vinfolio is expanding the functionality of its wine cellar management tool called VinCellar by allowing collectors to value their wine more accurately. VinCellar will now evaluate both retail and auction prices from sites like Wine-Searcher and Vinfolio’s Wine Price File in real time.
As the wine industry becomes increasingly globalized and competitive, regional branding is more essential than ever. This is especially true for areas other than the handful of famous ones (Napa, Sonoma, etc.) that do not immediately bring to mind a luxurious experience.
I enjoy Zinfandel as much as anybody else, but I have to admit being a bit taken aback by some of the very high alcohol levels of late. Not that these wines aren’t enjoyable for what they are, but sometimes I wonder if I’m drinking a Port rather than a table wine.