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James Molesworth

August 2009

Introducing Famille Darnaud-McKerrow
A new St.-Joseph debuts from the former vines of Raymond Trollat
Posted: Aug 27, 2009 10:59am ET
Claire Darnaud-McKerrow and her husband, Shane, have finally released the debut wines from their small Northern Rhône property, located in the St.-Joseph appellation.
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An Early Look at 2009 in the Finger Lakes
Rainy, cool weather has dominated so far, putting an emphasis on vineyard management
Posted: Aug 24, 2009 2:50pm ET
Rainy and cool weather has dominated the 2009 growing season in New York's upstate Finger Lakes wine region, but growers such as Fred Merwarth of Hermann J. Wiemer and Mark Wagner of Lamoreaux Landing are still optimistic for the upcoming harvest.
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An Early Look at 2009 in the Rhône and Loire
Just weeks to go before harvest and hot, dry weather dominates
Posted: Aug 21, 2009 10:12am ET
While most of us are probably heading out on a last bit of summer vacation, grape vines in the northern hemisphere are approaching the most important time of year, harvest. I checked in with a few growers in the Rhône and Loire valleys of France to see how things were doing with just a few weeks left in the growing season.
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When a Region Loses a Leader
New York winemaker Thomas Laszlo leaves Heron Hill
Posted: Aug 12, 2009 12:32pm ET
One of the leading winemakers in New York's Finger Lakes wine region, Thomas Laszlo of Heron Hill on Keuka Lake, abruptly left his position yesterday.
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The Culture of Brett
When is the spoilage yeast brettanoymces a turn on, or turn off?
Posted: Aug 7, 2009 12:10pm ET
After reading through some of the notes on a particular Rhône producer’s wines recently, a reader asked me if I had any problem with brettanomyces (commonly called brett), a spoilage yeast that can crop up on either grapes or in barrels. The reader picked up on some descriptors in tasting notes that they thought were red flags for brett, yet the wines scored highly and had long cellaring recommendations. They asked, "How could it be?"
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Mike Dobrovic Leaves Mulderbosch
Longtime winemaker helped turn the winery into a flagship for South Africa
Posted: Aug 5, 2009 12:48pm ET
Mike Dobrovic, who helped found Mulderbosch in 1989, is leaving the winery. The longtime winemaker and co-owner oversaw nearly a generation's worth of vintages at Mulderbosch, steering the winery to the forefront of the South African industry. For many American consumers, Mulderbosch is arguably the most recognizable winery from this still emerging wine region.
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