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    California 2015 - vintage of fire

    Harvest has begun in earnest in California, but so far it is overshadowed, quite literally in some cases, by what is shaping up to be one of the worst…

    17 Aug 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    Pacific Northwest swelters

    It’s not so much of a heatwave as it is a suffocating blanket. Until yesterday, 14 July, the Walla Walla Valley in Eastern Washington State had a…

    15 Jul 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    North Yuba - America's most peculiar appellation

    To say that the economy of California’s Yuba County peaked during the gold rush and has been in slow decline ever since would not be much of an…

    18 Jun 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    California’s other 7%

    Most major wine regions of the world have come to be dominated by a select few grape varieties. In Europe, of course, the appellation system itself…

    20 May 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    ​At what price, To Kalon?

    17 April We published this article initially for members only on 17 March this year but thought that Alder's story deserved to be shared with…

    16 Apr 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    ​Going dry in California

    On 1 April, while the rest of the country was engaged in harmless pranks, California’s governor Jerry Brown was getting serious. Reports were coming…

    15 Apr 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    Imported bulk threatens 60,000 acres California vines

    In the early 1990s, while working in what was essentially the research and development arm of Silicon Valley Bank, Rob McMillan began looking into…

    16 Feb 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    Redeeming Lodi, California

    Analogies can be dangerous, but for anyone who doesn’t know the more detailed geography of California, it may be easiest to describe the Lodi wine…

    15 Jan 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    2014 - worth celebrating

    Some years are unarguably more momentous than others. The question is whether we can really recognise them without the benefit of hindsight. History…

    16 Dec 2014 Alder Yarrow
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    The mysterious art of selling direct

    A good friend of mine was recently given the opportunity to join the most exclusive club in the world of wine: the individuals who get a chance to…

    18 Nov 2014 Alder Yarrow
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    Tallying the damage from the Napa quake

    The 2014 harvest is under way in California, but in Napa, instead of enjoying a beer in between loads of processed fruit, many winemakers are rushing…

    17 Sep 2014 Alder Yarrow
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    The (still) dismal state of California Chardonnay

    It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. In 2013, California celebrated its largest grape harvest in history, with just shy of 4.7…

    19 Aug 2014 Alder Yarrow
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    Dot wine and the fear of change

    As someone who makes his primary living helping leading companies utilise internet technologies for competitive advantage, I have always found…

    16 Jul 2014 Alder Yarrow
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    A guide to the post wine blog era

    The world of wine media has changed greatly in the 10 years since I began my wine blog, Vinography.com. By the end of 2004 there were perhaps a dozen…

    18 Jun 2014 Alder Yarrow
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    Washington rising

    Living for all intents and purposes in the epicentre of California wine, I find it less than easy to consistently explore America's other wine…

    19 May 2014 Alder Yarrow