Posts Tagged ‘california wine’

Jun 21, 2006

Moving “Other States” Wines Into the Mainstream

While California wines dominate cosumption of domestic wines, other states across the country have seen their wine industries reallly take off. A combination of high quality bottlings and the attraction of a local wine country seem to have spurred this "other state" explosion in wine production. The question is, how to get more people to try wines from "Other States". I like what Ohio did recently. They recently staged the Ohio Wine Challenge. Taking a page out of Robert Mondavi’s…

Jun 7, 2006

Red State V. Blue State Wine

I fell into a "Red State-Blue State" wine discussion the other day with a friend as we opened a few bottles of wine to try. When we opened and tasted a 1996 Sonoma Cabernet I was provoked to state, "Now, this is serious wine!" To which my tasting mate responded: "Serious? Where’s the fruit? Where’s the strength?" Indeed: Red State V. Blue State. To so many people today a wine is "serious" only when it delivers strength,   girth, power, massiveness….

Jun 1, 2006

Arizona Gets a Wine Law

Arizonans got their new wine shipping law today when their governor signed a bill that is a near perfect representation of the type of legislation being considered in one from or another across the country. The new Arizona wine shipping law allows any winery in Arizona or elsewhere to ship directly to both residents or retailers in the state with the caveat that the winery doing the shipping produces less than 20,000 gallons per year. This is the equivalent of…

Jun 1, 2006

The Epiphany of Mortality and Aging Wine

For real wine lovers the act of "putting down" wines to age is not an exercise in possessing or building a bigger cache than the neighbor. It is foresight. It is about making an investment in time that is at once an optimistic act and also an act of faith that what your wine will evolve into after some years will be an altogether interesting, satisfying and intellectually inspiring wine. Charles Olken, the publisher of the Connoisseurs Guide to California…

May 24, 2006

California Wines Best The French

Well, it appears California bottlings walked away the big winner at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the 1976 Tasting of Paris held in Napa Valley and London. Only the original reds tasted in 1976 and a new collection of reds from Bordeaux and Napa were compared against one another. The winners are: Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 1971 Ridge Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 In what must be a real surprise to many, California wines took the top five spots…