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Posted: March 31, 2015
Posted: March 26, 2015 By James Laube
Anytime Beringer Vineyards puts a new winemaker in charge, it's news, because it doesn't happen very often. Laurie Hook is stepping back as chief winemaker at Beringer, where she has been a guiding force for more than two decades, and chief winemaker since 2000. She will remain with the winery as winemaker emeritus.
Her successor, Mark Beringer, is coming home.
Posted: March 24, 2015 By Tim Fish
Posted: March 23, 2015 By Augustus Weed
Posted: March 19, 2015 By Ben O'Donnell
Posted: March 19, 2015 By James Laube
There was a time not so long ago when Pete Seghesio bled Zinfandel. His family owned Seghesio Family Vineyards, one of California' top Zinfandel wineries, and he stood not only as the family spokesman but as one of the industry's strongest advocates for that often underappreciated wine.
In an about-face few could foresee, Seghesio, long a Chardonnay antagonist, learned to love California's premier white wine.
Posted: March 17, 2015 By Tim Fish
Posted: March 16, 2015 By Ben O'Donnell
"In this seminar, each winemaker will present a pair of wines that expresses their thinking about the challenges of creating balanced wine. One wine will demonstrate where they think they missed the mark, and one where they think they nailed it." The description caught my attention. At a $125-a-ticket public seminar, admitting that half the wines kinda flopped is gutsy.
Posted: March 16, 2015 By Augustus Weed
Posted: March 11, 2015 By James Laube
Once again, Napa County is being forced (rightfully) to reassess its state of affairs as relates to competing interests for land use: prosperity vs. well-being.
Posted: March 9, 2015 By Augustus Weed
Posted: March 5, 2015 By Ben O'Donnell
Posted: March 4, 2015 By Tim Fish
My expectations for the 2012 California Zinfandels were high from the beginning. Winemakers were giddy, even beyond the typical "best vintage ever" BS you hear after harvest every year. The question is how have those early reactions played out? Therein lies my story.
Posted: March 3, 2015 By MaryAnn Worobiec
I recently met winemaker Jen Beloz of The Prisoner Wine Company. You've probably heard of the wine, a widely distributed California Zinfandel–based blend with a Francisco Goya etching on the label. It has a huge following.
Thoughtful and energetic, Beloz originally planned to be a marine biologist, but was thrown off course when she first walked into a winery. "The smell of the barrel room got into my soul," she explained. I can relate.
Posted: March 2, 2015 By Augustus Weed
Posted: March 2, 2015 By Tim Fish
Posted: February 27, 2015 By Harvey Steiman
I often rummage through the cellar for an older wine to open for dinner. With too many wines I expected to drink up sooner, I'll grab the last bottle remaining of something now forgotten that looked interesting when I acquired it. Two California wines with more age on them than originally anticipated turned out to be pleasant surprises at dinner this week, and with two instructive results.
Posted: February 24, 2015 By James Molesworth
Last night I attended the In Pursuit Of Balance (IPOB) tasting held in New York. The consumer portion ($125), a 3-hour walkaround tasting, featured more than 30 wineries pouring Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
Posted: February 24, 2015 By MaryAnn Worobiec
It's 9:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning. I'm standing in a huge room with a couple hundred other wine lovers and just as many barrel samples. My mouth is dry, my cheeks feeling the tug of tannins. My right index finger is stained purple—a side effect of people pouring wine into my glass as I'm still extending it.
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