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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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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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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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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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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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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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