Hospices of Sonoma, a Pinot Noir barrel auction, will be held on April 20 and 21. The 2 day event includes a gala barrel tasting, auction, and 17 winery tasting dinners. 37 carefully chosen wineries will offer specially made Pinot Noir for auction.
As spring emerges in wine country, the whole landscape begins to come alive. Yellow mustard blankets the land and the vines are pruned for another growing season. As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Sonoma County wineries are also preparing for the traditional barrel tasting events held in March: the Russian River Wine Road’s Barrel Tasting Weekends and Savor Sonoma Valley: A Barrel Tasting and Culinary Experience.
Lodi’s wine industry has made tremendous strides in recent years. Once known for mass production, several boutique wineries have sprung up and are justifiably targeting higher price points. Michael-David Vineyards just released the region’s first wine priced at over $50; a Cabernet Sauvignon named “Rapture.” While the quality of Lodi wines is no longer in question, there is a new threat to the industry: suburban sprawl.
It is not news to anyone reading this blog that the internet’s reach is growing. More and more people are using the web to find, learn and explore their interests; and this trend is not showing signs of slowing down.
Located in the hills east of the town of St Helena, Spring Mountain Vineyard has long been known for its environmentally friendly grape growing and winemaking practices. When vineyard manager Ron Rosenbrand discovered the destructive mealybug in 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, conventional treatments seemed like the only option.
The Temecula Winegrowers Association’s “Ultimate” Wine and Food pairing event is set to take place on March 24th from 1 – 4 pm. There will be a dinner that pairs its menu with wines from Baja California to British Columbia (BC to BC).
In a ruling that has stunned food and wine critics throughout the world, a jury has awarded a Belfast restaurant ?25,000 for a “defamatory” review by Caroline Workman.
The owner of Goodfellas restaurant, Ciaran Convery, brought the suit against Workman in response to a “hatchet job” of a review. As reported by Decanter Magazine, in 2000, Workman described the, “Staff as unhelpful, the cola as flat, and the chicken marsala as ‘so sweet as to be inedible.’” This is clearly not a flattering review, but libel?
While California’s wine industry is stronger than ever, it is no secret that the state is facing increased international competition. Decanter Magazine recently reported that wine exports from New Zealand increased an amazing 30% in 2006.
The World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) recently agreed to some universal elements on wine labels. One of the WWTG’s goals is to ease regulatory burdens associated with imports.
As long as member countries of the WWTG, (United States, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina, and Canada), include the required information on their labels, (product description, net content, country of origin, and alcohol percentage), no major redesigns will be necessary. The European Union has also approved these guidelines.
Feb 16, 2007 – Garguilo Vineyards Releases new Oakville Super Blend. Oakville’s Garguilo Vineyards releases their 2004 Aprile Super Oakville Blend.