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BerserkerDay V (Jan 27, 2014) – the biggest yet, with over $300,000 in wine sales

| February 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

BerserkerDay V, the fifth iteration of the annual celebration of membership on Wine Berserkers, was held on January 27th, 2014.  Each year, on January 27th (the founding of the WineBerserkers community on its current domain), dozens of wineries and retailers participate in providing incredible offers to Wine Berserkers guests and members, often featuring veritcals, sample […]

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Ridge Lytton Springs – winery and tasting room

Ridge Lytton Springs – winery and tasting room

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

A highlight of our recent trip to Sonoma was a long-awaited visit to the Ridge Lytton Springs tasting room and winery.  This unique facility is primarily solar-powered, and built with hay-bale construction (rye hay, I’m told, which is the most critter-resistant).  One doorway has glass panels so you can actually see the hay-bale construction. The […]

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Asimov: Chenin Blancs That Aren’t What They Used to Be

| July 16, 2012

NYT’s Eric Asimov discusses the results from a tasting of South African Chenin Blanc: WINE tastings are intended to illuminate, but sometimes confusion gets the upper hand. This was one of those times. The subject was chenin blanc from South Africa, a category I last addressed around five years ago. Back then, I lamented the […]

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SFGate: Riesling, the greatest of the grapes?

| July 5, 2012

The Chronicle has this on Washington state Riesling: Washington’s original wine grape is once again the state’s most dominant variety, both in quality and quantity. While this might seem like old news — great Riesling has been growing in the Columbia Valley for more than a half-century — Washington growers and winemakers continue to find […]

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Drinks Business: Bordeaux slump hits auction figures

| July 5, 2012

The Drinks Business website has this news item: The world’s five biggest auction houses have reported a 25% slump during the first half of 2012 as investors adopted a cautious approach to the big names and Chinese buyers shifted their focus towards Burgundy. Despite upbeat reports from many houses, Bloomberg reported that the big five […]

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More Investigation from Don Cornwell

| July 5, 2012

In his latest post regarding the Rudy Kurniawan saga, Don uncovers more information regarding  Eric Greenburg and Acker Merrall.  An excerpt: As Maureen succinctly put it: “the physical details of the wines that I rejected matched the physical details of the wines that Mr. Greenberg had given to Acker Merrall. Based on all of that, […]

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NYT: The Mâconnais, Poised for Rediscovery

| July 5, 2012

The New Your Times has a feature on the southernmost region of Burgundy: THE wines of the Mâconnais region of France are nobody’s idea of a new discovery. Back in the 1980s, when I began drinking a lot of wine, they were a reliable source for fresh, crisp, inexpensive whites, and they have remained so. […]

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Decanter: Veuve Clicquot launches La Grande Dame 2004

| July 4, 2012

Decanter has a news item on the release of La Grande Dame 2004. Veuve Clicquot has launched the 2004 vintage of its top cuvée La Grande Dame – with chef de cave Dominique Demarville suggesting that future vintages could contain a much higher proportion of Pinot Noir. La Grande Dame is Veuve Clicquot’s prestige cuvée. […]

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WS: French Insurance Firm Buys Bordeaux’s Calon-Ségur

| July 4, 2012

The Wine Spectator has a news item of a major purchase in Bordeaux. The purchase includes 235 acres in St.-Estèphe, encompassing Calon-Ségur, second label Marquis de Calon and a cru bourgeois property, Capbern-Gasqueton. This is the most prominent of several Bordeaux properties to recently change hands, largely due to inheritance taxes and family disagreements. Click […]

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Wine Diarist: Domaine de la Romanée-Conti 2009

| March 12, 2012

Michael Steinberger has a blog post on 2009 DRC: Aubert de Villaine was in New York two weeks ago to a host tasting of the 2009 vintage from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. It’s an annual event organized by DRC’s longtime U.S. importer, Wilson Daniels, and I’ve now had the pleasure of attending it twice. Truth […]

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Brunello subzones desirable but unlikely, say experts

| March 12, 2012

Decanter has a news item on Brunello subzones: Lovers of Brunello di Montalcino would benefit if the appellation were to be split into subzones – but it’s politically highly unlikely, Italian experts argue in this month’s Decanter. The terroir varies significantly across the 2000ha of the Montalcino appellation, O’Keefe says. ‘Summertime temperatures can vary by […]

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Kramer: Rude or Righteous?

| March 12, 2012

Matt Kramer has an article on wine etiquette at Wine Spectator: The dinner party started smoothly and we all seemed to be enjoying ourselves. But when the first wine, which our hosts were quite proud of, appeared at the table it was unmistakably (to me, anyway) corked. But nobody said anything. Here lies the dilemma: […]

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Is California Facing a Grape Shortage?

| March 12, 2012

The Wine Spectator has a news story about rising California grape prices: California’s grapegrowers finally have something to cheer about—grape prices are going up. But does that mean higher prices for consumers? Winery owners are trying to cut costs so they can keep prices low at a time when drinkers still want value. After nearly […]

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Napa Valley Wine Historian William Heintz Dies at 79

| March 12, 2012

Wine Spectator reports on another loss to the Napa wine community: When California vintners wanted know the history of their property or cellar, they often turned to William F. Heintz. A historian who lived most of his adult life in Sonoma, Heintz wrote two detailed books on Napa, Wine Country: A History of Napa Valley, […]

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Napa Wine Producer Ernest Van Asperen Dies at 96

| March 12, 2012

Wine Spectator has a news item on the passing of Ernest Van Asperen: In a wine career that spanned more than five decades, Ernest “Ernie” Van Asperen blazed his own trail. He was involved in all aspects of the industry, and his résumé read vintner, retailer, négociant and restaurateur. Van Asperen was an avid flyer […]

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Todd French on Grape Radio

| March 1, 2012

Our own Todd French is the current interview subject on Grape Radio. Vist http://www.graperadio.com/ to hear the interview.

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Kramer: Are Americans’ Tastes Changing?

| March 1, 2012

Matt Kramer has a thoughtful article on what may be changing American tastes: Did you happen to notice the announcements a few weeks ago about how Starbucks and Peet’s are now offering lighter-roast coffees? This was no small thing, and I confess that it took me by surprise. Now, I do not consider myself any […]

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Domaine Huët’s Noël Pinguet Retires

| March 1, 2012

The Wine Spectator has a news item on a significant change at Domaine Huet: Noël Pinguet, the long-serving director of Domaine Huët, one of the Loire Valley’s leading producers, has retired from his winemaking duties. His career at the estate began in 1976, when he began working alongside his father-in-law, the late Gaston Huët, before […]

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Alcohol Helps Prevent Type-2 Diabetes

| March 1, 2012

The Wine Spectator has an article on this subject. Sounds counter intuitive but I’ll take it: Several studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption helps prevent type-2 diabetes. A new report from a team of European researchers supports that but also finds that the benefits depend on a lot of factors, including the gender of […]

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Goode: Why are tasting notes so bad? Can anything be done?

| March 1, 2012

Jamie Goode has a new blog post up on what he perceives as poor wine tasting notes: Just been browsing the tasting notes on a well known wine website (I will spare the name; I don’t want to be mean to this fine publication, because the problem is not unique to them), and was jolted […]

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Mosel Wine Blog: Peter Lauer’s Unterstenberg

| February 17, 2012

The Mosel Wine Blog has a post on elite producer Peter Lauer: A Peter Lauer sign post marking one of their plots of old vines in the formerly called Unterstenberg (“Unterstenbersch”) section of today’s Ayler Kupp. This particular parcel in Unterstenberg is trained on wooden stakes, others on wires. Click here to read the rest.

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Moët-Hennessy to produce red wine in China

| February 17, 2012

Yahoo has a news item on a new winery in China: Champagne maker Moët-Hennessy has invested in a vineyard in the mountains of China that will produce red wine for the domestic Chinese market. According to a report published February 14 in French business magazine Challenges.fr, luxury brand LVMH has signed an agreement with a […]

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Fred Franzia on wine snobs

| February 17, 2012

The Press Democrat has an article on 2 Buck Chuck and Fred Franzia: This year marks the 10th anniversary of Charles Shaw, better known as Two-buck Chuck, which made its debut in a Trader Joe’s store 2002. What impact has this $2 bottling had on our wine-drinking culture over the past decade? According to Franzia, the […]

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Fine wine market to rise 10% in 2012

| February 17, 2012

The Drinks Business has an article on the future of the fine wine market: Taking in the opinion of 120 leading fine wine merchants, auction houses and investment fund managers in Asia, Europe and the Americas, the survey shows an overcorrection in the second half of last year has led to attractive opportunities for buyers. […]

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Calistoga Council to consider wine regulations

| February 17, 2012

The Napa Valley Register has an article about wine tasting room regulations: Calistoga City Council will consider a set of long-debated regulation of wineries and tasting rooms at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. Council will take public comment on a proposal to require that at least 75 percent of grapes used […]

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