Monthly Archives: November 2007

Rossi Family Bestows a Generous Gift

    It’s the season of giving, and the world’s most prestigious viticultural school has just received a most precious gift for its programs and its students.

     The University of California at Davis has announced a gift of more than $12.5 million from the estate of Napa Valley native Louise Rossi to the campus’s winemaking and grape growing program. The announcement was made in the Napa Valley at a ranch that the Rossi family operated for nearly a century.

     The landmark gift, one of the largest donations ever made to U.C. Davis, represents the Rossi family’s proceeds from the sale of their 52-acre ranch earlier this year. The money will be used to establish a…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Sonoma County Harvest: The News Is Good

    So, how did the harvest go in California’s Sonoma County wine region this year?

     Glad you asked.

     On November 12, the Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Winegrape Commission hosted the 2nd annual Sonoma County Vintage Report, a comprehensive assessment of the vintage throughout the…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Dealing With Vinous Leftovers

***image2***     QUESTION: What’s the best way to store partially consumed bottles of wine?

     ANSWER: It depends on the wine, and how long you plan to store it.

     If it’s a white wine and you plan to drink it gradually over the…

Posted in Wine FAQ

A Tale of Two Turkeys (Turkey Dinners, That Is)

QUESTION: What wines are good with turkey?

     ANSWER: That depends.

     If you’re eating sliced turkey with, perhaps, some mashed potatoes and chicken gravy, then there is only one wine to have…

Posted in Wine FAQ

Building the Archives… One Day at a Time

     We’ve always welcomed questions about wine from members, and we try to answer them as promptly as possible.

     However, one question came in just a couple of days before Thanksgiving that we weren’t able to get to right away, given the holiday season rush, travel issues… and, oh, yeah… a meeting of the Vinesse Tasting Panel that took a whole day. (Funny how that happens sometimes.)

     I’ll share the entire note from Jim Longley with you here…

Posted in Editor's Journal

BV's Flagship Wine Gets Its Own Facility

    Beaulieu Vineyard has announced that it will create a self-contained, state-of-the-art winemaking facility dedicated solely to the production of its flagship wine, Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Napa Valley’s iconic, benchmark wines.

      The winery is investing nearly $7 million to create the new winemaking facility, which will be part of the existing BV winery site.

      “The new Georges de Latour Private Reserve winery should allow even greater focus and attention to quality for a wine that…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

The Search for Vine Bugs Is Going to the Dogs

    The vine mealybug is a recent import and a potent vector for leaf roll virus, and it is a continuing problem in California wine country.

      With spraying a controversial concern, grape growers are calling in the dogs – literally – for search and destroy missions.

      According to the director of the Assistance Dog Institute, Dr.
Bonnie Bergin, her organization is training golden retrievers to…..

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Leelanau Cellar Gets a New Winemaker

    With a smart, new tasting room on the bay, a new state-of-the-art winemaking facility near completion, and new acres of vines in the ground, Michigan’s Leelanau Cellars has still more bragging rights: It has snagged a top-notch winemaker from California.

      Succeeding Shawn Walters, who moved on to the new Forty-five North winery in Lake Leelanau, is Nichole C. Birdsall, formerly the organic winemaker at Bonterra Vineyards in Mendocino County.

      “We couldn’t be more pleased, and we did an exhaustive search, “said Bob Jacobson, president of Leelanau Cellars, one of…

Posted in Wine Cellar Notes

Broker Says Wine Appreciation Is Too Complicated

    With his black T-shirt, biker boots and tattoos, Craig Renaud looks more like a barbecue-and-brews man than a connoisseur of fine wine.

      As partial to tattoos and Harley-Davidsons as he is to subtle tannins and new oak, Renaud possesses a wealth of knowledge and passion for a subject often associated with fancier folks. But that notion – that wine has to be sophisticated and complicated to be enjoyed – is exactly what the Santa Rosa, California, resident wants to dispel.

      “I want to talk about real things that…

Posted in Vinesse Style

Napa Valley Wine Theft Is an Inside Job

    Two Napa Valley winery employees were jailed recently after their employer accused them of stealing cases of wine worth $450 each.

      The president of V. Sattui Winery notified authorities after he allegedly saw an employee load a case of wine into a man’s truck, said Napa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jon Crawford. The worker said the man had…

Posted in Wine Buzz
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