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Not a sharpshooter, just another insect (grasshopper?)

New grape varieties in California to combat severe disease

Pierce’s disease affects vines especially in California and the rest of the United States. But it exists also in South America. The disease is spread through insects called sharpshooters. It is difficult to cure and the vines usually die within five years. Now, the University of California Davis has released five new grape varieties that […]

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Skepparps: Swedish rosé

Scandinavian wines in the New York Times and on France 3

Scandinavian wines have received a great deal of attention in the international press lately. Like most other journalists, Eric Asimov, in his long article in the New York Times, points out that climate change makes it possible to commercially make wine in Scandinavia. But he also admits that this doesn’t make it easy. Climate change […]

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A vine suffering from Phylloxera vastatrix

Phylloxera discovered in Washington State

Walla Walla, a well-known wine region in Washington State, was believed to be exempt from the vine louse (phylloxera vastatrix). Therefore, the recent discovery of the louse that is so dangerous to the vines dealt a heavy a blow to the wine producers. All of Washington, and especially Walla Walla, has the kind of sandy […]

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"Water", a sign in an old-style grape press in Champagne

California wine: from the time of prohibition until now

For 100 years, the magazine Wines and Vines (formerly called California Grape Grower) has written about Californian wine news. To launch a wine magazine in the United States in 1919, just a few months before the prohibition started in January 1920, may not seem as the smartest of ideas. On the other hand, nobody thought […]

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Grenache, rusty sign

Grenache slowly moving forward in California

Grenache is one of the world’s most planted grapes. Most of these vines are in France and Spain. In 1982, Rhône Valley enthusiast Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon Vineyards in California made his first Grenache wines. The term Rhone Rangers was coined to describe producers with a penchant for Rhône grapes. Grenache was on its […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon more and more popular in Washington

No, this is not about preferences in the White House. We are talking about wine production in Washington State, north of California and Oregon. Cabernet Sauvignon has grown significantly, from 560 hectares in the early 1990s to today’s 7,500 hectares. Washington was originally known for its white wines with fine acidity and crispness made from […]

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Cabernet Sauvignon grapes

Phenomenal 2017 vintage in California

We have received a harvest report from California that says that 2017 will be a very good vintage. The fires in October have not affected the quality of the wines. Napa Valley, Sonoma and Mendocino were worst affected by the fires. These three regions grow only 12% of California grapes and 85-90% of the grapes […]

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Forest fire damage in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Violent wildfires in California’s wine regions

Around 40 people died in very extensive fires north of San Francisco in mid-October. Wine regions like Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino were affected and the fires caused damage to a large number of wine estates. It was mainly buildings that were either completely destroyed or damaged. Estimates say that around 85% of the grapes had […]

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High mountains can be the backdrop in Le Marche

Magic in Napa’s Mountain Region

When one brings up the concept of terroir—a French wine term used to describe a wine’s “sense of place”—you realize the importance that extraordinary vineyard soils have on producing truly exceptional wines. This text is an opinion piece written by Igor Sill who is a winegrower in the region discussed in the text. Mountain wineries flourished […]

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Lauren Ackerman at the Ackerman Winery

The Ackerman winery in Napa, a success story

Lauren Ackerman attributes some of the success of Ackerman Family Vineyards in Napa on a Bill Harlan quote. When asked why he bought cult winery Screaming Eagle at a time when most people considered retiring, he answered, ”If I don’t do this now, when will I?” Ackerman, an equestrian-turned-vineyard owner, wine maker, and civic leader, […]

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The Walls bottles

Tasting the wines from The Walls, Walla Walla, Washington

This is a follow-up with tasting notes to accompany the article previously published on The Walls winery: Meeting Ali Mayfield at Walls Vineyards in Walla Walla, Washington. The Walls Martin’s Gold Chardonnay 2015 Alcohol:  13.3 % Suggested Retail: $36 Specs:  “Originally brought to America by Paul Masson, Martin Ray planted French Chardonnay in the Santa […]

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Wines in a wine shop in Paris

American wineries sell 60% direct to consumers

60% of sales is “direct to consumers” (DtC) for an average American winery, according to a recent report by the Silicon Valley Bank. Rob McMillan of the Premium Wine Division of the bank says that direct sales have grown dramatically over the last five years. This is an astonishingly high number. In Europe, only wineries […]

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Roserock Drouhin Oregon vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Tasting Domaine Drouhin Oregon wines, Dundee Hills

Véronique Drouhin-Boss’s wines unfold on the palate with a lithesome charm, offering attractive pairing options. These tasting notes are a follow up to the earlier article on The French woman of Oregon, Véronique Drouhin Boss of Roserock Drouhin Oregon. Amazingly, these wines run between $35-$45, tremendous finds for any Grand Cru or premier Willamette Valley […]

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Roserock Drouhin Oregon vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

The French woman of Oregon, Véronique Drouhin Boss of Roserock Drouhin Oregon

In 2013, Domaine Drouhin Oregon purchased 279 acre (113 ha) Roserock Vineyard in Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills. This acquisition adds to the 225 acre (90 ha) estate in Dundee Hills they established in 1987, and allows for a focused expression of terroir reflective of their Burgundy domaine, Maison Joseph Drouhin. Véronique Drouhin-Boss, Robert Drouhin’s daughter, […]

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