Monthly Archives: November 2008

Here's Your Chance to Get in the Wine Biz

    Kirkland Ranch Winery, a large winery southeast of Napa that was involved in the nearly $60 million reorganization of Viansa Italian Marketplace & Winery, is being offered for sale in a sealed-bid auction in early December.

     According to the North Bay Business Journal, Kirkland Knightsbridge LLC wants a minimum bid of $22 million for the 10-year-old, 57,000-square-foot winery. That’s less than half the $50 million value estimated for the property in mid-2007 reorganization court documents for…

Posted in The Wine Business

Leafroll Viruses No Longer Limited to California Vineyards

    The presence of grapevine leafroll viruses in California vineyards is well known, but the extent that vineyards in other parts of the country may be affected is only beginning to be determined, according to Wines & Vines.

     Cornell University’s Cooperative Extension recently released the results of a survey that began in 2006, designed to gather data about the presence of leafroll viruses in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

     The New York survey looked at 95 vineyard blocks in 25 different vineyards throughout the Finger Lakes region. Up to…

Posted in Wine Buzz

New Reality TV Show to Focus on Winemaking

    Cotes du Rhone, the second largest Appellation d’Origine Controlee (AOC) wine region in France, has announced its sponsorship of “The Wine Makers,” a new reality series from PBS. The series is slated to debut in early 2009.

     “The Wine Makers” auditioned more than 500 candidates from across America to select 12 men and women who will compete for the chance to create and launch their own…

Posted in Wine Buzz

A Thanksgiving Day Story of Giving… and Thanks

    Some people make fun of the annual Napa Valley wine auction, calling it an exercise in excess.

     Well, it may be that… but it also generates millions of dollars that are donated to charitable causes for the betterment of the valley’s communities and people.

     Just a few days ago, the Napa Valley Vintners awarded $7.26 million in grants, distributing the proceeds of this year’s Auction Napa Valley to…

Posted in Wine Buzz

America's Evolving Wine-Drinking Habits

    “There will always be ‘wine snobs’ and ‘cork dorks’ who try to acquire wine from elite producers and cult brands, of the right vintage, and store them for years. But more and more people have been buying economically friendly wines that have a pleasant taste and taste the same each time they drink them.”

     So says Karen Goodlad, a hospitality management lecturer at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), and the numbers support her claim.

     From 1994 through 2007, the U.S wine market grew every year, increasing in volume a total of 66 percent. In 2007, Americans over the…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Butternut Squash Soup

    From Executive Chef Linda Kittler of Sonoma County’s Valley of the
Moon Winery comes this delicious recipe that pairs perfectly with
Syrah/Shiraz, as well as various red blends. It serves 10…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Rutherford Wineries to Host Open House Weekend

    For the first time ever, member estates of the Rutherford Appellation Wineries will open their cellars to the public for the “Roll Out the Barrels” Passport Weekend.

     The dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 6-7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

     Visitors will be able to experience the wineries of the Rutherford appellation as never…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

Getting Ready for Turkey Day

    If you are cooking for 10 this coming Thursday, it’s going to cost you $2.35 more than last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

     If you’d care to put a positive spin on that news, the average cost per person will be up a mere 23-and-a-half cents.

     Here’s how the costs stack up…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Shrimp Scampi Made Simple


     Looking for an easy-to-prepare, yet amazingly flavorful, main
dish? This one takes just 10 minutes to prepare, serves 4 to 6, and
matches beautifully with Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

The Mealybug News in Oregon Is Mixed

    A single scale insect discovered in an Oregon vineyard last month was determined by scientists at Oregon State University not to be the harmful and highly invasive pest vine mealybug.

     Although the exact species of the exemplar is yet to be defined by DNA testing, it was most likely a ground or obscure mealybug. Testing was performed in collaboration with the University of California at Berkeley.

     This does not mean that Oregon grape growers are off the hook, however. Vaughn Walton, horticultural entomologist at…

Posted in Wine Buzz
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