Low Yields for California: An article in Decanter magazine suggests yields will be low in 2015, but the resulting wine will offer “promising” concentrated wines. A warm spring in the state resulted in the earliest harvest of the new millennium, according to the article.
Twist-Off Research Yields Revelations: An early adopter of twist-off closures in Oregon says there are many benefits to the sometimes maligned screwcap beyond cork taint, according to this interesting article in the Wine Spectator magazine. The findings, including maturation in the wines, came through a tasting of 10 years of screw cap vintages of Chehalem Wines Three Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley (photo above courtesy of Chehalem Wines).
Spotlight on Uruguay: The always interesting Vinography blog by Alder Yarrow recently posted a feature on the country of Uruguay, calling its wines a “hidden gem” little known due to the shadow Argentina and Chile cast over South American wine. The post sights growth in the quality of wine in the last 30 years in particular. You’ve been warned, wine adventurers!
Subjectivity Required: In a somewhat surprising choice, Wine Spectator magazine’s annual Top 100 wine list named an Oakville, CA Cabernet Sauvignon in its second vintage as the No. 1 wine of 2015. The winner, Au Paradis from Peter Michael Winery, drew grapes from a recently acquired vineyard planted in 1988. Congrats to all the winners this year!
Sommelier Sequels?: As part of this year’s Napa Valley Film Festival, a sequel to the widely acclaimed "Somm" recently debuted to much fanfare, according to this article in the Napa Valley Register. The new film, “Somm: Into the Bottle,” directed by Jason Wise, explores what it takes to make a good bottle of wine. A preview of the film can be found here.
Big Moves in Monterey: Hahn Family Wines is making series of moves to take its portfolio up-market, with strong results thus far, according to this blog post by Shanken News Daily. There’s some interesting insights on Hahn’s market positioning in this article, which speak to wider industry trends.
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