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Round Table on Balancing Alcohol in California Wine

By W. Blake Gray Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Santa Barbara County is one of the youngest wine growing regions in California, measured by both vine age and the age and experience of its winemakers. Thus it wasn’t hard for me to sit around a table at the home of Presqu’ile [...]

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Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Old and New

by Craig Pinhey Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine One of the most controversial topics about Californian wine—and thus, one of the most widely discussed by wine lovers—is how much Napa Cab has changed over the  years, or whether it has truly been altered. Every time I go to Napa and Sonoma [...]

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East vs West: Cool Climate Palates and California Chardonnay

by Craig Pinhey Originally posted in Palate Press: The online wine magazine One very interesting aspect of the wine tasting profession is the notion of a regional palate.  The difference is clear to those who judge at competitions that use tasters from all over the world, or even just from different parts of North America, [...]

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Update on Flying Winemaker: Paul Hobbs in Argentina, France, and California

by Greg Horton Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine In 2011, winemaker Paul Hobbs oversaw the release of his new Cahors collaboration as well as the expansion of one of his American labels, CrossBarn Wines by Paul Hobbs. His schedule is brutal, but the chance to work in Cahors, the traditional region [...]

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The Oldest Zinfandel of Amador County, Original Grandpere Vineyard

by Jules Van Cruysen Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine At 143 years of age, the Original Grandpere Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills is the oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard in California, and it still produces wines of high quality. Its history is closely linked with that of California wine, and with United [...]

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Fetzer Reborn: Concha y Toro’s Big Plans for California

by Dan Berger Originally posted in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Most consumers didn’t realize it from the almost surreptitious announcement, but one of California’s main wine producers got a huge boost a few weeks ago when Fetzer, the iconic Mendocino County wine company, was sold to a Chilean few Americans know much about. [...]

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Meet Brett: Why You Do or Don’t Want It In Your Wine

by Erika Szymanski Originally published in Palate Press: The online wine magazine Have you met Brett? Brett is mentioned so often in the wine industry that you might think he’s Robert Parker’s protégé nephew. Not so, but the truth is just as controversial. Brett, known technically as Brettanomyces bruxellensis, is a yeast. That puts it [...]

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