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Monday, March 19, 2018

Eww, Gallo

I mean, yuck. Gallo owns many wine labels from Louis Martini to Barefoot. Their experimental brand is Apothic that does things like age a red wine in whiskey barrels. But the latest? Cold brewed coffee and wine together as they were never meant to be.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Vineyard Damage from Wildfires

A survey of vineyard owners in the five county area affected by the October wildfires (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Solano) shows that maybe 200 acres were damaged (there are over 135,000 acres of vineyards in these counties). Most growers are waiting for spring rejuvenation to see exactly what comes back and what vines will have to be replanted.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Saving Napa Valley

The valley floor is covered in grapevines. There are over 400 wineries in Napa Valley with more on the way. Where to go next? The hillsides on both sides of the valley.

Wine and the resulting tourism is Napa's lifeblood so some are fine with planting as many grapevines as needed. Others are for maintaining the natural beauty of the hillsides. Some would like to put a curb on growth. Some cite watershed issues.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Yeast and Civilization

The great change in the history of mankind was going from nomadic to settling in villages. Why did that happen? Climate change? Domesticating animals? Here's an interesting read on how yeast actually shaped civilization. Ancient people raised fruits and grains that were fermented into things like wine and bread that could be consumed all year long.

Yeast and Civilization

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Women Winemakers of Sonoma

Today, March 8th, is International Women's Day. It seems the struggle women often have in "a man's world" is in the news more than ever. I thought this was an opportunity to highlight a few of my favorite winemakers, not because they're women, but because of the wines.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Per Capita Spending on Wine

The U.S. buys a lot of wine. But per capita? Not so much. The latest figures in money spent annually per capita, in U.S. dollars:

Australia      $409
France         $209
Switzerland  $185
Portugal       $175
Argentina     $170
Then way down in 17th place:
U.S.              $93

It's time to pick up the pace!

The top 20 are all European countries except for Australia, Canada, and the U.S.

Source: American Association of Wine Economists 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Sonoma County Lodging

With the influx of visitors the area has lots of hotel rooms plus camping, VRBO-type lodging, hostels, etc. In case you may have heard the October Wine Country fires knocked out three hotels and about 400 rooms in the county.

The good news is there are lots of new rooms coming online.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sparkling Wine / Food Pairing

We should have more sparkling wine with our meals. In the U.S. sparkling wine is about celebrations where you have a glass or three at weddings and a couple holidays. That's a real shame because it belongs on the dinner table, too.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Who's Drinking Wine?

A couple charts below from Silicon Valley Bank's annual wine report show what age groups are drinking wine in the U.S. and a look at overall growth. Both are pretty interesting.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Living to an Old Age -- Let Beer & Wine Help

Along with all of the other studies on the good and the bad of alcohol consumption here is one that says a key to living to a ripe old age may be having a couple drinks every day.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Top Wine Brands

Sonoma County is a region of premium wines. "Premium" usually means falling between $15 and $50. And Sonoma County is full of these wines. The reality of the U.S. wine market is a bit different.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Sonoma County Events for Spring 2018

Listed below are major wine and non-wine events in Sonoma County for March into June 2018.

It's a perfect time in the wine country with warming temperatures, vines starting the new year's growth, wildflowers, and lots of exciting events to tempt you.