Vinography

By Alder Yarrow | Flip through the world of wine.

Drinking Out Loud

"I think of an audience as a cocreator, the fifth instrument to our quartet," said Dave Brubeck, the great jazz pianist.<p>Music is one thing; wine is …

Wine

Talking Terroir with Pedro Parra, PhD

Coolshanagh vineyard<p><i>All photos by Christine Campbell</i><p>Pedro Parra is Chile’s preeminent wine terroir expert – scratch that – he is the wine worlds …

Wine

How Billionaire Howard Leight Created An Internationally-Acclaimed Wine Brand Through Instagram

Billionaire investor and entrepreneur,Howard Leight Jr. is no newcomer to the business world. As an individual who controls a vast real estate, retail and technology empire, he’s one of the foremost financial minds, fiscally sound and monetarily disciplined. Like some of his well-to-do …

Wine

Beyond the Barrel: Unique Ways to Ferment Wine

From amphorae to eggs and even glass, winemakers are experimenting with techniques and materials, some ancient, to push the boundaries of …

Wine

Why You Can Expect More White Wines From Rioja

Centuries before the founding of Rome in the 8th century BCE, farmers—aided by Phoenician traders—tended vines and produced wine in what is now Spain. Later, after establishing territorial boots on this peninsula they named Hispania, the Romans focused more seriously on wine production.<p>Today Spain …

Wine

Jefford on Monday: Value from a great vintage

<b>Andrew Jefford provides tasting notes for Crozes-Hermitage 2015 red wines, arguing that the appellation offers some of the best value in this highly</b> …

Wine

One Wine Glass to Rule Them All

At some point along every wine drinker’s arc of discovery, the time comes to invest in a set of glasses.<p>Choosing the right one may seem complicated, confusing and occasionally overwhelming. The process can be fraught with anxiety, as many different glass styles are available, and points of view …

Wine

Your Guide to Bicycling Through Wine Country

From Napa to Tuscany and beyond, make a bicycling adventure out of your vineyard visits with these six globe-spanning travel destinations.<p>Become a …

Wine

Clarksburg AVA the little wine-growing region that could

There’s a little part of Yolo County that’s home to one of California’s most overlooked wine regions.<p>Established as an American Viticultural Area in …

Wine

Listing wine ingredients would ‘raise quality’, critic argues

The wine industry should list all ingredients in wine in order to raise the quality on offer and boost consumer engagement, a US wine critic has …

FDA

Wages rise on California farms. Americans still don’t want the job - Los Angeles Times

California

Wine and the Brexit effect

A falling pound, rising inflation – time to stock up on wines from Chile and South Africa<p>There are at least two things that everyone can agree with on Brexit. First: nobody has any idea what’s going to happen next. Second: we can all share in the miserable certainty that, for the rest of our lives …

Wine

France's Languedoc region garners new fans

France’s Languedoc region has seen its share ups and downs over the years, but like the phoenix it always seems to rise after periods of decline.<p>At …

Wine

Your Immersion Circulator Is Also an Excellent Wine Chiller

The other day I was picking out a bottle of slightly-overpriced bubbly to take to a friend, when I realized the bottle I had settled on didn’t come …

Cool Stuff

Rita's Hills

<b>Rita's Hills</b><br>BUELLTON, CA: The Santa Rita Hills, an agricultural wine grape growing region located in the western hills between Lompoc and Buellton in …

Photography

Like Visiting an Old Friend: A Few Vintages of Chateau Musar

Sometimes drinking wine can be like spending time with your dearest friends. I suppose that any familiar flavor, enjoyed repeatedly in the past can …

Wine

Longest Shadows

<b>Longest Shadows</b><br>HEALDSBURG, CA: A mountain vineyard in the Cloverdale Pine Mountain Viticultural Appellation near Healdsburg, California. With nearly …

Photography

Marijuana Industry Presses Ahead in California’s Wine Country

SANTA ROSA, Calif. — In the heart of Northern California’s wine country, a civil engineer turned marijuana entrepreneur is adding a new dimension to the art of matching fine wines with gourmet food: cannabis and wine pairing dinners.<p>Sam Edwards, co-founder of the Sonoma Cannabis Company, charges …

Cannabis

A visit to a winemaker’s cellar reminded me how important a barrel can be

When a winemaker invites you into the cellar and draws a sample from a barrel for you, that’s called a barrel tasting. It’s an honor, an illicit thrill and great marketing. You are being invited to steal a taste of an unfinished wine — the glass pipette he or she uses is called a “thief” — in hopes …

Wine

Is the US wine boom over?

What if the 40-year-long US wine boom, which increased wine consumption threefold and turned that country into the world’s biggest wine market, is …

Wine

A New York State of Wine

From Long Island to the Finger Lakes and beyond, it's a new day for New York wine. Check out some of the most exciting, vibrant, cool-climate reds …

Wine

Dorothy Gaiter asks what Do Diners Fear When They Order the Cheapest Wine on the List? This

Banner by Piers Parlett<p>A restaurant can be an entryway to people’s love of wine and of unusual wines. We had many firsts at the legendary Cellar in …

Journalism

Could Molise Be Italy's Most Obscure Wine Region?

<i>Still waters run deep...Sometimes the quietest voice rings the loudest....If a tree falls in the forest...</i>oh, wait, that's the wrong saying. But what …

Wine

Hyde de Villaine Chardonnay

<b>Hyde de Villaine</b><p>Born of a collaboration begun in 2000 between Napa Valley grower Larry Hyde and Burgundy winemaker Aubert de Villaine, Hyde de …

Backward and Forward: Tasting Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 1974 to Now – Maker’s Table

Snapshots from four decades of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon teach us something about taste, and tasting.<p>When tasting twelve wines, which do you taste …

Wine

Crowd-Sourcing the Best-Value Wines

We go hunting for value in the CellarTracker ratings and find some surprising results.

Wine

Portraits Of A Wine Region In Crisis: Chile After The Wildfires

In January of this year, wildfires ravaged the Central Valley of Chile for several weeks. Ten firefighters were killed and thousands of people were evacuated.<p>The wine industry felt the brunt of the fires, which damaged or destroyed at least 100 vineyards in the Maule and Colchagua regions. The …

Wine

Let the season begin! Bud break spreads through vineyards

With springlike temperatures finally arriving over the weekend, North Coast winemakers and viticulturists said Monday that bud break in vineyards has …

Wine

Why vineyards and other farms hire illegal immigrants

Last week I covered a Napa Valley Grapegrowers conference and wrote a news story about one of the topics covered: whether or not the county's …

Immigration