Monthly Archives: October 2007

Sonoma Valley Wine Auction Benefits 11 Local Nonprofits

    Setting yet another record, the 15th annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction raised $1.2 million over the summer, the Sonoma Index-Tribune reports.

      “We really exceeded our goal,” said Grant Raeside, executive director of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, which sponsors the weekend of events. “We’re extremely excited about our results.”

      On Sunday of the auction weekend, Cline Cellars became the site of an Old West corral for the theme, “The Wild Bunch.” About 600 guests piled…

Posted in Wine Buzz

All About Champagne and the 2007 Harvest in France

    The 2007 harvest in Champagne is set to result in the largest volume of wine ever produced in the appellation, Decanter reports.

      If current figures are correct, this year will beat the record level of 375 million bottles made from the bumper 2004 crop by more than 13 million bottles.

      Vineyard owners have the option of producing additional wine, with the aim of using this surplus to increase…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Sparkling Conversation for the Holidays

     In two days, Halloween will be here, marking the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season.

      When I was growing up, we didn’t start shopping until the day after Thanksgiving, when the newspaper was packed with sale fliers and brochures from all the department and specialty stores.

      It seems as if we’ve started a little earlier with each passing year. Before long, Easter will signify the beginning of…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Freemark Abbey: Happy Birthday, and Here's to 40 More!

    Freemark Abbey, one of the pioneer wineries to bring the historic wine renaissance to the Napa Valley and California, just turned 40.

      It was the only winery, also, to have both its Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay selected by Steven Spurrier to compete in the famed 1976 Paris tasting, which put Napa and California on the world wine map.

      The purchase of Freemark Abbey by Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke in 2006 constitutes a continuing move into the Napa Valley by…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction
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