Monthly Archives: July 2008

Will Prosecco One Day Overtake Champagne?

    Gianluca Bisol has great expectations for the white sparkling wine his family has been making since 1542 in the Valdobbiadene and Conegliano regions north of Venice.

     A 22nd-generation Prosecco producer, he is hoping Prosecco’s growing international renown will help his fizz gain ground over pricier Champagne. Prosecco production has grown to 150 million bottles from 5 million a year in 40 years, mainly driven by demand for exports to Germany and the United States.

     Now, its makers aim to increase production to 250 million bottles, moving it closer to the world’s leading bubbly. France last year produced a…

Posted in Wine in the Glass

Sterling Works to Create 15 Miles of Trails in Napa

    Sterling Vineyards has donated $30,000 to the Land Trust of Napa County through the sale of its premium 2004 Napa Valley Wildlake Ranch Merlot.

     In addition, Sterling has announced the release of the 2005 vintage, benefiting the Land Trust’s preservation of the Duff and Wildlake Ranch properties in the eastern viewshed of the Napa Valley.


     The Land Trust of Napa County, spearheaded by the efforts of vintner Randy Dunn, was able to acquire the…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Updated Website Provides Safe Drinking Tips

    Beam Global Spirits & Wine is taking its “drink smart” website global with the launch of a redesigned, multi-lingual site at

     Now available in German, Spanish, French and English, the site offers a platform for consumers to learn about the responsible consumption of alcohol.

     The updated website was designed to educate legal purchase age consumers across the globe on how to make responsible decisions when…

Posted in Wine and Health

News and Notes for a Summer Monday…

     *** Sorry to hear about the passing of Bob Kunde, the patriarch of Kunde Estate Winery & Vineyards in Kenwood, Calif. That Sonoma Valley estate has long produced one of my favorite bottlings of Chardonnay. Bob had been retired for several years, but remained a valuable resource to the family winery. He was 80.

     *** You have only a few more days to check out the gorgeous watercolor paintings of Sally Cataldo at the Graeser Winery in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga. You may have seen her work on a number of posters for the Sonoma County Harvest Fair through the years. Cataldo’s work will be on display at Graeser just through the end of the month, so if you’re in or heading for the valley this weekend, check it out.

     *** We’ll be adding more video on wine-related topics to this site soon. So, if you prefer watching to…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Wine & Worthy Causes Go Hand-in-Hand

    Legislation authored by Assemblymember Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa) to help non-profit organizations organize fundraising events with wine donated from California’s wine industry has been signed into law.

     “Californians have a generous spirit and a love of wine,” said Evans. “With so much need in our state, we need to expand partnerships between non-profits and their supporters in the wine industry. The Governor’s signature of this bill enables the wine industry to be even more generous in its support of many worthy causes.”

     “AB 1964 recognizes the relationship between non-profit organizations and the wine industry, and enables non-profits to raise badly-needed funds at times when other potential sources may not be…

Posted in Wine Buzz

It's Official: It's Okay to Say 'Prosecco'

    Is it acceptable to serve edamame to a dinner guest who’s a pescatarian?

     Should you pour prosecco or soju for the winner of the Texas Hold ’em game you’re planning near the infinity pool?

     And what’s that wing nut in the corner saying about dirty bombs and…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Clos LaChance Founder to Assist U.C. Davis

    Bill Murphy, co-founder and owner of Clos LaChance Winery, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Visitors and Fellows at U.C. Davis’ Department of Viticulture & Enology.

     As Chairman, Murphy will lead a talented group of board members who represent the wine industry community, including vintners, wine growers, business leaders, finance executives and researchers.

     This board plays an integral role in helping the university raise funds and build new teaching and research facilities for the Department of Viticulture & Enology. Board members also serve as…

Posted in Wine Buzz

State Fair Honors 3 Pioneering Winemakers

    The California Exposition and State Fair has named three wine pioneers to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

     Mike Grgich, Warren Winiarski and Mary Ann Graf were chosen as the 2008 recipients based on their outstanding lifetime of contributions to the California wine industry.

     The three winners were recognized for their achievements at the California Grape and Gourmet food and wine tasting event at Cal Expo on July 10, California Farmer reports. Appropriately, the California Grape and…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Chicken Breasts with Wine Sauce


     Enjoy this delicious main dish with Sauvignon Blanc (a.k.a. Fume Blanc) or Chardonnay. It makes 4 to 6 servings.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

France No Longer Dominates the Wine World

    A report predicts Spain will produce more wine than France by 2015.

     The report, commissioned on behalf of the Vignerons Independents (France’s independent winemakers’ association), says French production is expected to drop from the 2000-04 annual average of 52.8 million hectoliters to 43.9 million hls.

     Italy, at 60 million hl per year, is the biggest producer of wine in the world, followed by France and Spain at 45 million hl each (on average) in…

Posted in The Wine Business
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