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April 9, 2013
Elqui Wines: The Northern Frontier of Chilean
Underneath a clear blue sky full of
stars, lies the Elqui Valley in Chile. Full of
picturesque villages, rapid rivers, immense prairies and
cultivated vineyards, this region is rich in potential
for the wine industry.
Yet, one bright star stands out amongst the others.
A small winery full of passion and heart, Elqui Wines
was started by Steffan Jorgensen and wife, Pamela Nunez.
2011 was their first vintage but combined, they have
over a decade experience in the wine business.
April 7, 2013
Why Cab is king in Washington wine country
Cabernet Sauvignon is now the
undisputed red king of Washington state.Last fall,
Washington grape growers harvested 35,900 tons of the
noble Bordeaux grape, effectively doubling its output in
the past decade. In fact, Cab is not far from being the
state’s No. 1 wine grape – trailing Chardonnay and
Riesling by about 2,000 tons in 2012.
April 2, 2013
Paolo Basso crowned world's best sommelier
Paolo Basso has beaten off
competition from 53 other hopefuls to be named Best
Sommelier in the World. The 47-year-old Swiss-Italian
was crowned champion at the 14th finals held by
Association de la Sommelerie Internationale in Japan.
The global contest takes place every three years.
March 6, 2013
Ribera Del Duero: Rich, Tempranillo-Based Wines
If you like rich, complex, high
quality red wines, you owe it to yourself to get to know
the wines of Ribera del Duero. The steep vineyards
rising along the banks of the Duero River in Spain's
second most important wine region, after Rioja, yield
wines that are frequently outstanding.
March 5, 2013
Canadian Wine and Grape Industry Contributes $6.8
Billion in Economic Impact to Canadian Economy
For every bottle of wine produced in
Canada there is $31 of domestic economic impact
generated in the country. The wine and grape industry is
responsible for more than 31,000 jobs in Canada from
manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, transportation,
research, restaurants and retail.
February 1, 2013
Chateau requests Bordeaux's first-ever
A 400-year-old Bordeaux property has applied for the creation of a single-vineyard appellation – the first of its kind in Bordeaux. The owners of Chateau Le Puy, in AOC Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, have asked appellations body the INAO for the tiny AOC, which might be as precise as a single plot within a vineyard.
Jean-Pierre Amoreau and his son Pascal, whose family has owned the estate since 1610, applied in August 2011, and hope to have a successful result by 2014.
January 28, 2013
Naples Winter Wine Festival Raises $8.5 Millions
The Naples Winter Wine Festival
experienced a slightly smaller turnout this year than in
2012, with just under 500 auction-goers beneath the tent
at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. The 55 live-auction
lots, which garnered bids ranging from $20,000 to
$750,000, brought in $8.5 million, notably shy of the
$12 million raised in 2012.
January 16, 2013
Terlato Wines Captures Sweepstakes Prize, Best in
Class & Multiple Double Golds in 2013 San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition
TWine Competition is the world’s
largest American Wine competition and includes a field
of 5,500 wines from all over the United States. The
judging panel is made up of 60 accomplished and
influential wine journalists, professors, and educators
of enology, winemakers and sommeliers from all over the
Sustainability at Concannon Vineyard
Preserving a Way of Life for Future Generations
Concannon Vineyard blends tradition
with innovation in its grape-growing, winemaking and
practices. The winery recently
completed a 10-year, $30 million revitalization across
vineyards, winery and
operations, and in 2010, introduced a
new tier of “Conservancy” wines to mark the conservation
that protect its estate vineyards from future urban
Gap's Crown, a Top Sonoma Coast Pinot
Noir Vineyard, Is Sold
Gap’s Crown, a Sonoma Coast vineyard
that supplies Pinot Noir to top producers like Kosta
Browne, Patz & Hall and MacPhail, has been purchased by
Bill Price, a financial investor who has taken a stake
in several leading California vineyards and wineries in
Price would not
disclose a sale price for the 138-acre vineyard, but he
did offer this ballpark figure: “We have crossed the
threshold of $100,000 an acre for a Sonoma vineyard.”
holds ownership interests in
wineries such as Kistler,
Three Sticks, Gary Farrell and Kosta Browne, as well as