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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
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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