Posted: January 27, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: January 20, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: January 16, 2014 By MaryAnn Worobiec
Posted: January 15, 2014
Posted: January 15, 2014 By Tim Fish
California is thirsty—and not for wine. It barely rained in 2013, and the wine industry is worried.
How bad is it? Some of the growing regions in Napa Valley got less rain than Las Vegas. Paso Robles, on the California Central Coast, got 1.92 inches of rain in 2013 instead of the average 12.78, according to the National Weather Service. By comparison, Death Valley got 2.17 inches.
That makes 2013 the driest year on record in California, and the records go back to about 1880. Droughts are nothing new here, but this is a new level of parched. It doesn't help that 2012 was an exceptionally dry year as well.
Posted: January 13, 2014 By James Laube
Posted: January 10, 2014 By Aaron Romano
Posted: January 6, 2014 By Tim Fish
Posted: December 30, 2013 By Augustus Weed
Posted: December 23, 2013 By Aaron Romano
Posted: December 23, 2013
Posted: December 23, 2013 By Augustus Weed
Posted: December 18, 2013 By Esther Mobley
Posted: December 16, 2013 By James Laube
Posted: December 15, 2013 By James Laube
Posted: December 15, 2013 By Tim Fish
Posted: December 13, 2013 By James Laube
With the exception of the 2011 California Cabernets, which are trickling in, most of the 2011 wines from California have passed through our tasting room.
For some vintners, 2011 was the worst harvest in decades. For many, 2011 was the most difficult in a career. It's impossible to put a happy face on a year marked by uniformly cold temperatures, hard rain at harvest, crops at 50 percent of hope and minimal financial returns.
Yet for all the headaches and ordinary wines from 2011, there are plenty of lessons. One is that modern viticultural practices could salvage what was in most ways a nightmarish vintage.
Posted: December 13, 2013 By Kasey Carpenter
Posted: December 10, 2013 By Esther Mobley
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