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Archived Since:February 5, 2008

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Earthquake Rattles Napa Harvest

This morning shortly after 3:00 AM Pacific Time, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta quake struck in American Canyon, just south of Napa. Latest measurements are somewhere between...Show More Summary

NIMBY Versus Vineyard in Malibu

Welcome to America's newest wine appellation, the Malibu coast. Just don't plant anything, especially not grapes. Only a matter of weeks after its approval by the federal government, the country's newest AVA may be the subject of local...Show More Summary

Vinography Images: Precious Droplets

Precious Droplets Water beads on the tips of a freshly unfurled grape leaf in Sonoma County. As the 2014 harvest gets underway in the midst of a record drought, water continues to be a topic of serious conversation. INSTRUCTIONS: Download...Show More Summary

MORIC: The Apogee of Blaufränkisch

"I am hardcore," says Roland Velich, describing his winemaking while lounging in the mid-century modern comfort of his living room, where the decor, the casual angle of his body and the informality of this tasting seem to belie this claim. Show More Summary

2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: August 29-21, Healdsburg, CA

Most people, when they come visit me in San Francisco and ask to be taken to wine country, assume that they're going to Napa. But at least half the time, that's definitely not where we end up. My well meaning friends aren't the onlyShow More Summary

The (Still) Dismal State of California Chardonnay

It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. In 2013, California celebrated its largest grape harvest in history, with just shy of 4.7 million tonnes crushed according to official government statistics. Chardonnay, still reigning...Show More Summary

What a Way to Go: Wine At the End of Your Life

At lunch the other day, my companion shared the wonderfully poignant story of his aging father, the man who inspired his lifelong love of wine. He related how, as his father approached his final days, he would ask his son to "go to the...Show More Summary

Vinography Images: Into the Tank

Into the Tank Grapes are dumped into the destemmer on the way to the tank in this harvest photo from Sonoma County. Harvest is well underway throughout Northern California, one to five weeks earlier than usual, according to most reports. INSTRUCTIONS: Download...Show More Summary

72 Pinot Noirs on a Sunny Afternoon: Tasting at IPNC 2014

I go to a lot of wine tastings, and have come to really appreciate those that are produced well. It may not be immediately apparent how easily a large public tasting can be screwed up, but it doesn't take much to turn such an event from...Show More Summary

The Great White South: An Introduction to Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc

One of the world's greatest white wines is also one of its least known. The wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape generally cross a wine lover's radar at some point, but even those who enjoy the vibrant Grenache-based reds from France's first officially declared appellation are often unfamiliar with the region's white wines. Show More Summary

Vinography Images: Along the Row

Along the Row A row of vines takes on Fall colors under the bright sun in Sonoma County. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Show More Summary

Time For The World's Best Prison Wine

Inmates in federal prisons across the nation rejoiced today in anticipation of the possibility for improvements to their lot in life (without parole). Their celebrations were not the result of the implementation of new prison overcrowding reforms, which are due to take effect in the near future. Show More Summary

Coastal Diamonds: The Rieslings of Oregon

About every two years, I get an invite to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The event continues to be one of the best run and highest quality wine events in the country, with a fantastic combination...Show More Summary

Vinography Images: The Red Window

The Red Window The last light of sunset fades to a deep red as light streams from a window at Jordan Winery in Sonoma's Alexander Valley. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Show More Summary

Taking Celebrity Wine to the Next Level

It seems like we hear about a new celebrity wine project almost every month. I long ago stopped reporting on these new projects because, well, after a golfer, a porn star, an NFL quarterback, and a rapper all have wines, what else is there to say? OK, Chateau Miraval is pretty damn good. Show More Summary

Vinography Images: The Blue Berry

The Blue Berry Inside the orbit of a single Pinot Noir berry, the world collapses to shades of green and blue. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Show More Summary

2014 Family Winemakers Tasting: August 17, San Mateo

Size isn't everything, they say, but sometimes it's mighty impressive. The yearly Family Winemakers tasting has as one of its many claims to fame that it is the single largest tasting of California wines in the world. That alone would...Show More Summary

Will Climate Change be the Death of Cork?

There's a lot of talk these days about the impacts of climate change on wine. Weather patterns are shifting, volatility of weather continues to increase, and yes, temperatures continue to rise in some areas of the globe, pushing harvests...Show More Summary

The King of Zweigelt: The Wines of Umathum, Burgenland

Austria, for good reasons, continues to be better known around the world for its white wines than its reds. It's hard to compete with such an incredible wealth of Riesling and Grüner Veltliner. And in truth, far more bad red wine is made in Austria than good. Show More Summary

Vinography Unboxed: Week of July 14, 2014

Hello, and welcome to my periodic dig through the samples pile. I'm pleased to bring you the latest installment of Vinography Unboxed, where I highlight some of the better bottles that have crossed my doorstep recently. This week included A few nice 2012's from LIOCO, a favorite producer. Show More Summary

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