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Loma Prieta: 30 years ago

Tomorrow is the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the 6.9 magnitude temblor that wrecked large parts of Northern California. I remember it well. I was living in Oakland and working as a stringer, or freelance reporter, for the Oakland Tribune newspaper; I’d been assigned a little story for the regional section of the paper (“local girl wins kite-flying …

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Regional profile: Nova Scotia

Lightfoot and Wolfville vineyard Located in the far east of Canada, Nova Scotia is readily associated with succulent cold-water lobster. But wine? Astonishingly, grapevines were first planted here in 1633. Alas, inhospitable weather, a preference for beer and spirits as well as the strong temperance movement thwarted any preliminary hopes of developing a wine industry. Nova Scotia wines to try: …

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Daily Wine News: Reputations Rising

Vineyards in Bolivia. (Source: Wines of Bolivia) John Otis looks at Bolivia’s rising wine scene in NPR. “Bolivia’s wine industry is based in the southern city of Tarija, near the southern border with Argentina. This region has long produced small amounts of artisanal wine, as well as the distilled grape-based spirit known as singani, the national drink. But a growing …

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Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger ‘hands over the reins’

Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, with his daughter, Vitalie, and son, Clovis. Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger has called time on an era after announcing that his daughter, Vitalie Taittinger, will replace him as president of the Champagne house from 1 January 2020. Pierre-Emmanuel, 66, has been particularly instrumental in developing Taittinger since embarking on a ‘personal quest’ by buying back control of the house in …

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How solid is collector demand for top California wines?

Liv-ex’s California 50 index has risen by 76% in five years, aided by a run of good vintages and scarcity of older wines, the global wine marketplace said in its September Cellar Watch report. Its index covers the last 10 physical vintages of Screaming Eagle, Opus One, Dominus, Harlan and Ridge Monte Bello. Of the California 50 index estates, Ridge …

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Tapping Her Way Into My Wine Heart and Mind

During this year, I wanted to give our Diaz Communications Innovator of the Year Award to someone very deserving, which has now happened. Before I could even announce it, though, a press release came out with Rebecca Hopkins‘ name as being a finalist in another Innovator of the Year Award.  Beck, as she likes to […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/10/16/tapping-her-way-into-my-wine-heart-and-mind/

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Powerless to Pause Harvest In California

Last week on 8 October California marked a rather sad anniversary: two years since a series of fires devastated Sonoma County, killing 22 people and destroying entire neighbourhoods that have yet to fully recover. Somewhat unnervingly on the eve of this solemn occasion, California state meteorologists issued a Red Flag warning, predicting the particularly dangerous combination of extremely low humidity …

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Wine Reviews: ICAN wines in a can

I have absolutely nothing in principle against wine in cans, especially white wines and rosés that need to be refrigerated. There’s no reason not to put such wines in cans. Aluminum cans are recyclable; they reduce your carbon footprint; they help, in a small way, to heal our planet. Only snobs would object to a good wine just because it’s …

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Crittenden Estate: Retrospective and current release tasting

When Garry Crittenden planted 2ha of vines in 1982, he doubled Mornington Peninsula’s vineyard area. He initially bet on Bordeaux grapes, led the charge on Italian and Iberian varieties and even had a short-lived fling with Muscadet’s Melon de Bourgogne. Tasting Crittenden and Dromana wines The post Crittenden Estate: Retrospective and current release tasting appeared first on Decanter. Source : https://www.decanter.com/premium/crittenden-estate-retrospective-current-release-tasting-426153/

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Santa Ynez Valley: ‘The centrepiece of Santa Barbara wine country’

The Santa Ynez Valley is the centrepiece of Santa Barbara wine country. Save for Santa Maria Valley to the north, all other sub-regions in the area fall in or around its borders, and it is home to most local tourist hubs. From silky Pinot Noir and focussed Chardonnay to peppery Syrah and flashy Sauvignon Blancs, the Santa Ynez Valley offers …

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Daily Wine News: Taking on Climate Change

(Flickr: telex4) In the first of a four-part series on winemaking and climate change in the New York Times, Eric Asimov looks at the ways winemakers are dealing with climate change around the world. “…more disruptions are coming, much faster than anybody expected. The accelerating effects of climate change are forcing the wine industry, especially those who see wine as …

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Chanel to make Provence rosé after winery purchase

Porquerolles island, where Domaine de L’Ile is based. Chanel, which is controlled by the Wertheimer family, has purchased Domaine de L’Ile for an undisclosed fee, according to French publication Terre de Vins. It quoted Nicolas Audebert, the manager of Chanel-owned Châteaux Canon and Rauzan-Ségla in Bordeaux who will now also oversee operations at the newly acquired estate. Chanel’s arrival on …

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Wine News: What I’m Reading the Week of 10/13/19

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the wine stories that I find of interest on the web. I post them to my magazine on on Flipboard, but for those of you who aren’t Flipboard inclined, here’s everything I’ve strained out of the wine-related muck for the week. PG&E wants to seize private vineyard property for liquid natural gas plant in …

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Rebecca (Beck) Hopkins is Diaz Communications 2019 Innovator of the Year Award Recipient

During this year, I wanted to give our Diaz Communications Innovator of the Year Award to someone very deserving, which has now happened. Before I could even announce it, though, a press release came out with Rebecca Hopkins’ name as being a finalist in another Innovator of the Year Award.  Beck, as she likes to […] Source : https://www.wine-blog.org/index.php/2019/10/14/rebecca-beck-hopkins-is-diaz-communications-2019-innovator-of-the-year-award-recipient/

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Photo highlights: Decanter Grandi Marchi tasting 2019

Decanter’s Grandi Marchi tasting – Wednesday 9 October 2019 The post Photo highlights: Decanter Grandi Marchi tasting 2019 appeared first on Decanter. Source : https://www.decanter.com/wine-news/photo-highlights-decanter-grandi-marchi-tasting-2019-426187/

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What happens when America’s chief law enforcement officer is a religious maniac?

Let’s understand a few things about William Barr, who currently is Trump’s Attorney-General. We’ll start with his religion, because he says he’s here “to bring God’s law to America,” and since Barr is America’s chief legal officer, we need to understand just what he means. Barr was born Catholic but became an evangelical Christian at some point in his past; …

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Canada’s Vin Room showcases DWWA 2019 award-winning wines

Vin Room boasts the largest wines by the glass program in Canada. Using innovating enomatic wine serving systems, Vin Rooms is able to preserve their wines for weeks at a time while still keeping the quality of the wines as if they had just been open. With this system in place, all three Calgary-based locations offer an impressive 85 wines by …

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First Taste: Penfolds Bin 111A Shiraz 2016

The wine is the first Special Bin label for almost a decade, as they are only released if ‘they offer something extra, different and unique,’ according to Penfolds. Bin 111A is sourced from fruit which regularly makes it into Grange, from two single-vineyard sites in the Clare and Barossa valleys. It is the first Special Bin blend of Clare Valley …

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Daily Wine News: Fred Dame’s Reign

(Wikimedia) In SevenFifty Daily, Betsy Andrews profiles Fred Dame. “Industry people speak floridly of Dame. The praise is earned…he has raised an army of somms.” In Bloomberg, Edward Robinson reports on how Berry Bros. & Rudd, a 321-year-old wine merchant, works to catch counterfeit bottles. “The CEO of PG&E has apologized after it was revealed several of its employees mingled …

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Vinography Unboxed: Week of 10/6/19

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I’m pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included the latest release of the signature Vermentino from Troon Vineyard in Oregon’s Applegate valley, with its yellow herbs and tangy, bright …

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