Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Jul 28, 2016

A Great Wine Collection To Be Dispersed

Wines and Vines reports that Jim McCormick’s remarkable 4,000 piece collection of wine antiques will not, as previously planned, be part of a new Wine Museum planned for Sonoma County. Instead, this great collection will be dispersed. And this is a tragic shame. The good folks behind the creation of what is being called “The Wineseum” implied in an interview with Wines & Vines that the collection of antique tools Jean Charles Boisset put on display at his historic Buena…

Jul 14, 2016

Will Sonoma County Nix Food With Wine?

There is a move afoot in Sonoma County, as there is in Napa Valley, to put some sort of restrictions on winery marketing. As far as I can tell, the premise is that if we restrict how wineries can market and sell their wines there will be fewer visitors and this will impact wineries and county revenues in no way whatsoever. In theory. Among the activities that the No-Winery-In-My-Backyard-Crowd objects too in Sonoma County, as well as in Napa, is…

Jul 5, 2016

The Petaluma Gap: Hurry Up Already!

The news is that the Petaluma Gap wine growing region in southern Sonoma County is still awaiting a report back from the Feds on their application for official AVA status. With their application having been submitted in February 2015, it’s likely that we will hear from the TTB this year. My money is on approval. From what I know the process was undertaken in a very deliberate manner by members of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance including using practiced AVA…

Apr 4, 2016

Building A Wall Around Napa and Making THEM Pay

The Nimby movement in Napa County is quickly becoming a laughing-stock. And there is good reason for this all too common response. Consider this tidbit written by Dan Mufson of Napa Vision 2050, the Chief Nimbyist organization: “Napa’s resident-based agricultural economy is dying. It is quickly being replaced by a corporate-based tourism economy. Willful ignorance is never a pretty thing. However, it is a desperate thing and that is the only possible explanation for this most ignorant of statements. Shall…

Jan 11, 2016

To Napa’s Wine Critics: Shame On You!

Ever the observant reporter, Blake Gray has written at Wine Searcher about the move afoot among some in Napa Valley to punish the wine industry for its success; to attempt to roll back the current impact that visitors to Napa are having on the quality of life for locals. Blake’s article deals primarily with recommendations of a special “growth” commission and whether any of its recommendations limiting winery growth ought to apply retroactively to wineries with existing privileges based on…