Monthly Archives: January 2009

Maker of Line 39 Wines Gets a New Partner

   Cecchetti Wine Co. of Sonoma is merging with the U.S. marketing arm
of German vintner Racke GmbH + Co. KG, the North Bay Business Journal

     Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

     Roy Cecchetti will become co-president of the new company, called
Cecchetti Racke. Marian Kopp, president of Sonoma-based Racke USA, will

Posted in The Wine Business

Walla Walla Wine Pioneer Passes

    Mike Paul, one of the pioneering vintners of Washington’s Walla
Walla growing region and owner of Patrick M. Paul Winery, has died. He
was 58.

     Paul passed peacefully at his home in Walla Walla, with his wife
and partner Teresa Paul by his side, Wine Business reports.

     Patrick M. Paul Vineyards was bonded in 1988 and is one of the…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Complicated System Is Focused on Quality

  No wine-producing country on Earth has as many organizations associated with wine as France.

     And the Bordeaux region is a hub of such groups.     

     The Inter-professional Council for Bordeaux Wines (Conseil
Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux) is a membership association of
winegrowers (13,000) and shippers (400).

     They are members of two federations and are…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Wine Appreciation Returns to the White House

  The wine world is raising a glass to President Barack Obama as he
gets settled in the White House, hoping his enjoyment of U.S. wine will
impact Americans’ drinking habits.

     According to Reuters, U.S. wine producers could hardly contain
their glee upon learning that the Obamas’ Chicago home was equipped
with four fireplaces — and a wine cellar that reportedly holds up to
1,000 bottles.

     “I can’t help but think, after eight years of no wine…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Yarra Valley Set to Do Battle with Phylloxera

    A new outbreak of
phylloxera was detected in



Valley last month, Decanter reports.

     According to

Victoria’s Department of Primary Industries, “A detection
of the grapevine pest phylloxera has been made in an existing control area in


northeast of


     The so-called
Maroondah Phylloxera Infested Zone (PIZ) was declared…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Got a Few Extra Days?

    We’ve been producing newsletters for members of the wine clubs of Vinesse for well over a decade.

     (Where did THAT 10 years go?!?)

     Now, we’ve archived a good number of them online.

     If you’re a club member, perhaps the archive will help you…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Tomato Pesto Pasta

     A wonderful match with Cabernet Sauvignon, this recipe helps bring
out the fruitful quality of the wine. It also matches nicely with other
red wines, and serves 4…

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Shrimp With a Kick

    Open your favorite bottling of Sauvignon Blanc to savor with this recipe, which makes 4 servings.



Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Wine-Friendly and Healthful Recipe

    This dish is delicious, filling, and has only 175 calories per serving. The lemon zest makes it a wonderful partner to Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio or Chardonnay. This recipe yields 6 servings.



Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Linguine with Chicken and Pesto


     Pasta is not strictly a red wine dish. It all depends on the
preparation, and this particular pasta creation matches beautifully
with Chardonnay. It serves 4.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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