You may have heard the term “natural wine” floating around. It’s not a new trend, though it seems to be getting more and more entrenched in mainstream wine-drinking culture. So we thought we’d break it down for you.
Earlier this week, Michelin released its annual list of top local eateries, starting first with its 2016 Bib Gourmand honorees. As a reminder, the Bib Gourmand includes eateries that offer excellent food at a reasonable price.
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My fiance, who is otherwise appropriately territorial, has told me that if ever I am going to be permitted a hall pass in our relationship it will be for Jancis Robinson alone. Robinson, who has been writing about wine for 40 years now, is the lead editor and general force behind The Oxford Companion to Wine,
The wine made in Monterey County is gaining worldwide recognition. “You can’t beat it here,” said Salinas resident Michael Howell. “You just go down the road any way you want to here, to any one of these wineries, and you’ve got some good wines.”
The growing attention to the coastal vineyards is putting Monterey County on many lists of top wine destinations in the world.
Work set to begin on state-of-the-art facility that could eventually house more than 850,000 cases of wine.
It’s home to Europe’s only population of wild monkeys and a labyrinth of tunnels that criss-cross through its limestone rock. Gibraltar could soon also be home to investment-grade wine from around the world, with work set to begin this month on transforming the rock into a state-of-the-art wine cellar.
In Napa Valley, grape growers and winemakers are already praising the potential of this year’s crop, which they have already pulled from the vines.
This was the fourth consecutive early harvest because of the drought.
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Posted by Pat Bailey-UC Davis on September 22, 2015
California’s wine industry leaders predict some serious challenges, but also foresee arise in overall consumption and a growing emphasis on premium, rather than economy, wines.
Challenges remain in the form of consolidation in the distribution and retail arms of the industry as well as in water and other environmental issues, survey respondents say.
WHAT MATTERS MORE, producer or vintage? Its one of the questions that oenophiles often ask themselves and one another when considering whether to buy a particular wine. Can a great producer overcome the odds of a poor vintage or will a year of bad weather trump even the most talented woman or man?
Here’s a conundrum; you want a glass of wine with dinner, but only a glass. You open up a bottle with dinner and enjoy said glass. But then you’re left with a bottle of mostly full wine. The question; what to do with it? The obvious answer is to drink it. But what else can you do with it? It’s easy to just cap the bottle, leave it in the fridge or on the counter, and then drink throughout the week. But there is more that can be done with it. Here’s your answer.
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A sauvignon blanc, a pinot noir and a late harvest semillon won the coveted sweepstakes awards Sunday at the Sonoma County Harvest Awards Gala, with two of the three hailing from the Russian River valley appellation.