Monthly Archives: August 2010

Children's Hospital Benefits from Wine Auction

The 23rd annual Auction of Washington Wines, held August 19-21 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, raised $1.4 million for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation.

“We are very pleased with this year’s results,” said Auction of Washington Wines Executive Director Carol Munro. “Our donors and patrons are committed to supporting Seattle Children’s, and continue to demonstrate their loyalty through our events.”

A Barrel Auction and Picnic with the Winemakers raised…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Wine Buyer Beware in China

If you’re planning a visit to China, be aware that the Australian wine you buy in a wine shop or order in a restaurant many not be Australian at all.

We reported a few days ago that a former Australian wine broker was busted for selling Chardonnay juice that was really only about 20 percent Chardonnay, watered down with a much less expensive and lower quality grape variety.

Now comes word that Chinese counterfeiters are bottling “knock-offs” of well-known Australian wine brands, putting who-knows-what in the bottle and then adding a label claiming the wine is from a known Aussie wine estate…

Posted in The Wine Business

Auberts Will Relocate to the Silverado Trail

***image2*** Mark and Teresa Aubert have announced the purchase of a new winery, located at 333 Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga, to house their Aubert Wines.

The couple produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from single-vineyard sites in the Napa Valley, Carneros and the Sonoma Coast appellations. The Auberts will start moving into the 8,000-square-foot winery in January.

“Teresa and I have dreamed of establishing a permanent home for our winery…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Special Events Planned for 'California Wine Month'

To help celebrate September as California Wine Month, proclaimed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for the sixth consecutive year, many of the Golden State’s wineries, winegrape growers and regional associations are hosting special consumer events surrounding the state’s signature beverage.

“California has long been known for our production of superior, award-winning wines,” said Gov. Schwarzenegger in his proclamation. “The Judgment of Paris in 1976 brought California wine to the world stage and established our wine producers as respected masters of their craft…

Posted in Wine Buzz

New Wine Bar Opens on Sonoma Plaza

As if we needed one, there’s a new reason to visit Sonoma’s historic downtown plaza.

It’s the Plaza Wine Bar, which has opened in the back of the Plaza Bistro restaurant.

Restaurateur Martin Chavez is the man behind the project, and he knows a thing or two about wine…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Wine Scam Results in Massive Fine

How does an unscrupulous wine broker make more money?

If you’re Andrew Hashin of Rivers Wine in Australia, you do it by selling Chardonnay juice, but diluting it with juice from Sultana grapes – which cost about a fourth as much as Chardonnay grapes…

Posted in The Wine Business

New Wine Resort Planned for U.S./Canada Border

On the United States side of the border, it’s known as the Okanogan Valley. On the Canadian side, it’s spelled Okanagan – with a third A instead of a second O.

But no matter how you spell it, a new wine resort is coming to the U.S./Canadian border.

It’s a joint effort involving…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Star Italian Chef to Appear (and Cook) in Napa Valley

Planning an excursion to California’s North Coast wine country next month?

If so, try to attend V. Sattui Winery’s annual Harvest Ball on Saturday, September 25.

For one thing, the wines of V. Sattui – available only at the winery – are stellar…

Posted in Our Wine Travel Log

What's the Best Wine to Drink With Sushi?

I really, really, REALLY wish I could be at the Oreana Winery in Santa Barbara this coming Friday.

That’s when Fukiko Myazaki of Studio Nihon will be preparing delectable sushi to be paired with the fine wines of vintner Christian Garvin.

It’s a winemaker dinner that promises to be both unique and eye-opening… not to mention delicious…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Larry Stone Moves from Rubicon to Evening Land

Larry Stone, renowned master sommelier and former general manager of Napa’s Rubicon Estate Vineyard and Winery, will join Evening Land Vineyards as president, the company has announced.

“Larry’s rich background and experience make him uniquely suited to lead our enterprise and pursue our vision that terroir is all about the vineyard, winery and table,” said Mark Tarlov, CEO and founder of Evening Land Vineyard. “We know Larry will take us to new levels in the industry.”

Stone’s appointment signals a major strategic step forward for Evening Land…

Posted in The Wine Business
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