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    Pursuing balance in California no longer

    On 23 May, Jasmine Hirsch and Rajat Parr issued a press release announcing their intention to end the massively popular ‘In Pursuit of Balance’…

    15 Jun 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    Uneasy relief in California

    If you were to take a road trip right now between Los Angeles and San Francisco, mile after mile of green rolling hills (such as these in Santa Maria,…

    16 May 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    NIMBY in Napa

    Things are getting nasty in Napa. On Monday 4 April the Napa County Planning Commission expected to make a decision granting a permit for planting a…

    14 Apr 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    British wine scribes invade Napa

    Every winter, just as the yellow mustard flowers reach their peak of brightness between the vineyard rows, the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers…

    16 Mar 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    American football finally embraces wine

    A week ago on Sunday 7 February 2016 something astonishing occurred in America. For the first time in its 50-year existence, the most quintessential…

    15 Feb 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    Premier Cru, Premier Fraud?

    In the early 2000s, when my aspirations to own wine began to move beyond the small rack of a dozen bottles in my kitchen, a winemaker friend of mine…

    20 Jan 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    Will marijuana cripple California wine?

    Forget the drought. Grapevines can deal with water shortages. Some California winegrowers have an even bigger problem these days: marijuana. No, it’s…

    16 Dec 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    Napa's new reference point

    Do a book search for Napa on Amazon, or any other Internet bookstore of your choice, and you will immediately be struck by two facts. The first will…

    17 Nov 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    Is wine ready for its close-up?

    5 November 2015 We're re-publishing Alder's September column free as today's Throwback Thursday in anticipation of the release of the new documentary…

    5 Nov 2015 Alder Yarrow
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    America turns orange

    I’m not sure which is more a sign of the times. That orange wine finally has an entry in the Oxford Companion, or that it is being written about in…

    19 Oct 2015 Alder Yarrow
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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