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C. Mondavi & Family Names New Chief Financial Officer

| November 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Press Contact: Paige Siegall Colangelo & Partners psiegall@colangelopr.com 415.737.6135   Mondavi & Family Names New Chief Financial Officer Wine Industry Veteran Tapped for Overseeing Company’s Continued Financial Growth   Napa, Calif., November 19, 2018 – C. Mondavi & Family (http://www.cmondavifamily.com/), the parent company behind iconic wineries and brands such as Charles Krug, CK Mondavi and […]

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Goose Island Beer Co. – Proprietor’s Day Lottery, Monday Oct 1

Goose Island Beer Co. – Proprietor’s Day Lottery, Monday Oct 1

| September 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Goose Island Beer Co. will open their annual Proprietor’s Day lottery on Monday, October 1 for a chance to purchase tickets to the coveted event taking place on November 11, 2018. From October 1 – October 8, fans of the beloved beer can enter the lottery once daily at GooseIsland.com/PropDay for their chance to purchase […]

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KOSTA BROWNE ANNOUNCES THE ULTIMATE CALIFORNIA EPICUREAN EXPERIENCE WITH THE ‘CHEF SERIES’ WINERY DINNERS

| September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kosta Browne partners with notable chefs from the West Coast for a spectacular culinary and wine experience hosted at state-of-the-art winery in Sebastopol Sonoma, Calif., September 26, 2018 – California Pinot Noir and Chardonnay producer Kosta Browne announces the Chef Series lineup of winery dinners. The first event—already sold-out—will take place on November 9, 2018, […]

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Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates Acquires Stony Hill Vineyard

| August 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Long Meadow Ranch Wine Estates Acquires Stony Hill Vineyard  The Hall and McCrea Families Join Forces in Farming and Business St. Helena, Calif., August 28, 2018 – Two of the Napa Valley’s most well-known multigenerational winemaking families have joined grape-growing and winemaking operations. Peter, Willinda and Sarah McCrea of Stony Hill Vineyard, along with Ted, Laddie and […]

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Wine Industry’s Two Leading Trade Publications Merge

| July 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Wine Industry’s Two Leading Trade Publications Merge Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines, both owned by the Wine Communications Group, will merge under the Wine Business Monthly brand, debuting in January 2019. (Press Release: July 30, 2018, SONOMA, CA)- Wine Communications Group, owner of both Wine Business Monthly magazine and Wines & Vines magazine, announced […]

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Collab Series: Fidencio Flores of Esfuerzo Winery (Tasting Notes by George Yatchisin)

Collab Series: Fidencio Flores of Esfuerzo Winery (Tasting Notes by George Yatchisin)

| March 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

As you know, I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for a new Santa Barbara label. I monitor all the social media platforms, and the moment I see something new, I pursue it by messaging all my contacts in the area (you all know who you are!). A little while back, I noticed chatter on a new […]

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Story of Soil: New Tasting Room in Los Olivos

Story of Soil: New Tasting Room in Los Olivos

| June 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve written about Jessica Gasca in the past, if you’d like to refresh your memory, click HERE! Jessica was a person I met on one of our initial trips to Santa Barbara. At that time, she was working at Sanguis. She asked me to help bottle there once. First impression after watching her work as […]

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Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

Spear Vineyards & Winery: Next Big Thing in Sta. Rita Hills

| April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

A few years ago, while I was attending the Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire event, I was bouncing around tables with my crew when someone said, “There is a gentleman walking around that is looking to start a vineyard and winery”. We just so happened to end up at one of the tasting tables […]

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Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

Bevela Wines: A Husband & Wife Team Makes Wine in Santa Barbara

| March 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A few years back, I went to one of the famous Au Bon Climat (ABC)/Qupe Open Houses in Santa Maria. If you are into Santa Barbara wine, and have NOT attended one of these, you MUST! I remember I parked my car on the dirt road, and had to walk about a quarter mile to […]

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BerserkerDay VI is coming! More offers from wineries than EVER! (Jan 27, 2015)

| January 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

BerserkerDay VI is coming up!! January 27, 2015, over 70 wineries and winemakers will be offering ridiculous deals on their wines and wine-related items. Last year, sales exceeded $300,000 FOR THE DAY, and this year promises to beat that number, handily! There is NO OTHER EVENT LIKE IT! The winery owners and winemakers make their […]

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Wine in a hot car – is it ruined?

Wine in a hot car – is it ruined?

| September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A recent thread on the Wine Berserkers forum – http://www.wineberserkers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=85187 – prompted me to write this post, which is likely experienced by many wine lovers around the world. Many of us have dropped into a store or restaurant with wine in our car, perhaps forgetting how hot it can become, in a very short time, during […]

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WineBerserkers announces the launch of BerserkerBuys

| April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

April 24, 2014   Wine Berserkers, the world’s largest and most active online wine community, proudly announces an innovative new feature of our forum community – BerserkerBuys. Playing off the tremendous success of the annual BerserkerDay, where wineries and retailers from around the world post offers available only during BerserkerDay, only on the forum, we’ve […]

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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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