With International Women’s Day being celebrated tomorrow, what better time to revisit a Sonoma County winery where both the proprietor and the winemaker are women?
The story of J Vineyards & Winery begins in 1986, when Judy Jordan followed her dream of starting a winery that specialized in sparkling wine. As a 25-year-old Stanford diploma holder in Earth Sciences/Geology, Jordan understood the land. Her belief that soil enriches the flavors of the fruit of the vine influenced her pursuit of unique terroir and “a sense of place” for growing winegrapes. Read more ›
International Women’s Day, held each year on March 8, celebrates and acknowledges the achievements of women. It also seeks to encourage and support women’s equality.
To mark International Women’s Day 2014, we introduce you to a few of the women who are making a difference in the world of California wine… Read more ›
Germany’s Rheinhessen growing region lies in a valley of rolling hills, bordered on the west by the Nahe River and on the north and east by the Rhine.
This 20-by-30 mile area between the communities of Worms, Alzey, Mainz and Bingen is the largest of the German winegrowing regions, and its production is second only to that of the Pfalz.
Thanks to the varying soil types and microclimates, many grape varieties are planted, including the area’s three traditional white varieties — Muller-Thurgau, Silvaner and Riesling — as well as new crossings. Read more ›
We learned from Mary Poppins that “just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”
But does it help the wine go down for someone who prefers sweetness over tartness and/or tannins? That’s the topic of today’s Wine FAQ… Read more ›
The winegrowers of Long Island have really hit their stride since the turn of the millennium, with an array of bottlings that have claimed attention on the global wine stage.
And like farmers around the world, more and more of Long Island’s grape growers are embracing sustainable practices. In fact, they now include a comprehensive, easy-to-understand primer on sustainability on their website. Check it out here.
Long Island wine country also is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination, and for the past six years, a music festival there has helped introduce the area to tens of thousands of people. Here is a media release on the 2014 festival… Read more ›
You know the old saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”?
Well, when it comes to food and wine pairing, there is great wisdom in that observation. For reasons we’ve never heard explained convincingly, the wines of a given region seem to match very nicely with the regional cuisine. Read more ›
Are you as ready for winter to end as I am? I’m guessing you are. So to help “set the mood,” here’s a wine-related question that’s focused squarely on the summer…
QUESTION: I know this may sound like a strange question this time of the year, but it came up at a meeting for a community festival that our town puts on each summer. We’re thinking of having a wine booth, and we were wondering if there is any wine that goes well with grilled corn. We sell more corn on the cob than anything else at the festival. Read more ›
We’ve been telling you about a number of wonderful wine festivals and other wine-focused events, and today we have information on another one.
Here is the press release from the Santa Barbara Vintners trade organization… Read more ›
Grapevines don’t need as much water as many other plants in order to produce fruit.
In fact, in the Tasting Notes we write for the selections featured by the wine clubs of Vinesse, we often talk about how “stressed vines” — i.e., those that haven’t received an abundance of water — produce grapes that are more concentrated in aroma and flavor. It’s a trade-off; in such cases, winemakers get less fruit with which to work, but that fruit typically is of exceptional quality. Read more ›
As you might imagine, I love the Napa Valley, and I particularly love the little towns that line Highway 29, the main route linking the valley’s south and north ends.
That includes Yountville, where the valley’s first grapevines were planted in 1838, and where today one can dine at a different Michelin starred restaurant four nights per week.
In mid-March, the town will open its culinary arms wide as it plays host to one of the most eclectic and enjoyable food-and-wine events around. The details are in this media release… Read more ›