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    Have we hit peak somm?

    A handsome young man in stylish glasses sits in an empty restaurant, his vividly coloured sleeve tattoo curling artfully out from underneath his…

    17 Apr 2017 Alder Yarrow
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    The Silicon Valley effect on wine

    Less than 100 miles separates Napa Valley from Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, a sprawling, leafy campus that is as good a candidate as any…

    21 Mar 2017 Alder Yarrow
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    Wine v Trump

    This past Saturday, 11 February, an estimated four thousand people gathered on Ocean Beach in San Francisco to offer a message to the world, spelled…

    15 Feb 2017 Alder Yarrow
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    Enologix - same as it ever was in Napa

    Fifteen years ago, at the height of wine critic Robert Parker’s influence and fame, WIRED magazine wrote an article about Enologix, an obscure company…

    16 Jan 2017 Alder Yarrow
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    ​Winegrowing in the wake of Trump

    17 November 2016 We're making Alder's latest despatch from America free today as part of our Throwback Thursday series since it raises so many…

    17 Nov 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    Napa's increasingly attractive neighbour

    In the late 1970s, geophysicist Marion King Hubbard introduced the world to a concept that later became known as ‘peak oil’, a shorthand name for the…

    17 Oct 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    ​Wine and tech – a dismal marriage

    On Sunday 31 July 2016 one of the most innovative pieces of software ever developed for the wine industry was shut down by the company that purchased…

    19 Sep 2016 Alder Yarrow
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    Chinese show discernment, in California

    Since 2008, Chinese imports of wine have been growing at a staggering 30% or more annually, as more than 20 million Chinese consumers are drinking…

    16 Aug 2016 Alder Yarrow
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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