There has been a great deal of positive press about the 2012 California vintage. At this writing, it is still a bit early to judge many of the wines themselves, since most have not yet been released. However, there are some early signs that seem to bear out the great expectations that have been promised. [...]
There are some people who don’t think wine vintages are important in California. From a consumer’s perspective, they are often right. Then all of a sudden a year like 2011 comes along and smacks them right in the face. Fortunately for those who make California wine – not to mention those who just love to [...]
There is no question that the 2011 vintage was a tough one in California and much of the west coast of the USA. Especially for red wines. I had the opportunity to speak with someone whose family owns a winery in Napa. When I asked him about 2011, he told me they had to do [...]
Nothing is riding higher in California than the red grapes of the Rhone River area in France. These grapes are widely grown in many parts of the world. They have been made for years in California, and they are better than ever. There are more than 20 red varieties of grapes that can go into Rhone wines in France. In California you will usually see two or three of them. Most often seen is the Syrah. Next is the Grenache, and finally the Mourvedre.