Robert Biale Vineyards recently released several wines from the outstanding 2005 vintage to members of their mailing list. These are the first wines that the Biale Family made in their new production facilities located in the Oak Knoll AVA.
California owes its earliest winemaking history to Spanish Missionaries who planted the aptly named Mission grape during the 18th century. This varietal made simple, rustic wines that were used mainly for ecclesiastical purposes. It has long-since fallen out of favor and has been replaced by grapes such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
Sustainable Winegrowing may be a new buzz word in California’s wine country, but for many producers, it is a long-term commitment. Wineries like Fetzer Vineyards, Benziger Family, Buena Vista, and Tablas Creek are not only economically successful, they are also responsible custodians of their land.
In a sign that wines from the Lodi AVA are gaining more cachet with consumers, a recent article reported that Michael-David “Rapture” (Cabernet Sauvignon) will sell for $59 a bottle. The Lodi region has a reputation for quality wine, but generally at lower price points.
Siduri is known for producing single vineyard ultra premium Pinot Noirs, and recently released 3 new wines to members of their mailing list. Based in the Russian River Valley AVA, Siduri is a boutique Pinot producer owned by Adam and Dianna Lee. Each year, they make an amazing 21 different Pinot Noirs with grapes from some of the best vineyards in California.
There are many great wine websites on the internet. In the first part of Friday Wine Links, I reviewed five wine sites. This version reviews three established sites, Wine Label, The Wine Diva and The Wine Botique.
The Spring Mountain AVA may be less famous than its valley floor neighbors, but there are great wines made on this small mountain top wine region. There have been vineyards on Spring Mountain since the Civil War, but its wine industry is just beginning to realize its potential.
In an unexpected turn of events, Kentucky state regulators dropped out of a federal lawsuit, allowing direct to consumer shipping from “small-farm wineries.” These wineries are now able to ship wine direct to customers who place online or phone orders.
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According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, sales of Riesling are increasing in the United States. Riesling is a grape that has long been haunted by its association with cheap, overly sweet jug wines. This is unfortunate because Riesling is capable of a combination of flavor concentration and finesse that few other white varietals achieve.