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Cellar Search

July 27, 2011
Cellar Search

Time to dig through those cellars. The Charles Krug Winery is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and the owners _ the Peter Mondavi Sr. family _ are looking for old Charles Krug wine bottles. The winery was founded by Prussian immigrant Charles Krug in 1861. Lincoln was president and the Napa Valley was...
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Spilled Shiraz UPDATE

July 25, 2011

 

Australian winemaker Sparky Marquis isn’t crying over his spilled shiraz.

Well, at least not in public. Here’s a lovely video he and wife Sarah of the Mollydooker winery in Australia’s McLaren Vale region made thanking friends and supporters for their concern following last week’s forklift accident that destroyed about $1 million worth of shiraz. Read more »

Spilled shiraz

July 22, 2011
Spilled shiraz

A most unfortunate accident in Adelaide, Australia has wiped out about $1 million worth of fine shiraz. Australian press are reporting that a forklift loading cartons malfunctioned, sending 462 cases of wine crashing to the ground. The wine was 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove, which can sell for around $180 a bottle in the U.S....
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Mexican-American Vintners

June 30, 2011
Mexican-American Vintners

A new group has launched in wine country, the Napa Valley Mexican-American Vintners Association. This is a nonprofit group with the aim of promoting its members wines and supporting the community’s efforts through marketing, scholarships, etc. Founding members include Alex Sotelo Cellars, Fernando Candelario, Ceja Vineyards, Encanto Vineyards, Maldonado Vineyards, Mi Sueño Winery, Rios...
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Happy cat’s pee day! #SauvBlanc

June 24, 2011
Happy cat’s pee day! #SauvBlanc

I knew I was getting into a weird area with this wine writing business when I learned that “cat’s pee” was a relatively common tasting note term when assessing the aroma of  sauvignon blanc. I mean, you know going in that tasting notes are a bit odd, if only for the full bodies, insouciant...
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Urban Vintners

June 22, 2011
Urban Vintners

Glasses clink and the buzz of conversation bounces off the stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels stacked to the ceiling as Steve Shaffer pours wine for thirsty visitors. But outside the cellar doors is no stretch of sweeping green vineyard or neatly manicured garden. This winery is parked firmly in the dusty reality...
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Punster Penitence

June 14, 2011
Punster Penitence

Let me confess up front that I love puns. I get a giggle out of writing and reading them. But recently, someone mentioned to me that it’s high time wine writers retired “uncorked” for anything other than referring to removing a cork from a bottle and I was struck with a bit of an...
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Napa Wine Auction 2011 (VIDEO)

June 7, 2011

Bidding in the rain

June 7, 2011
Bidding in the rain

It was a wet ‘n wild afternoon at this year’s big Napa wine auction as an unseasonable _ I mean really unbelievable, are you kidding me, winter storms in June?! _ downpour pounded the event. But although umbrellas took the place of big hats it was charity that reigned as the 31-year-old event reached...
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Napa wine auction 2011

June 3, 2011
Napa wine auction 2011

For a place with such a big reputation, the Napa Valley is a very small world. After all. Yes, I did just put that song in your head, deal with it. But to get back to my point. I’m attending Auction Napa Valley (#ANV11) this weekend and I’m amazed anew at how open the...
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