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  • Article Alder on America

    California's volatile spring

    This spring has been just as challenging for vine growers in California as in Italy, it seems. Grapevines are notoriously hardy organisms. I was…

    17 Jun 2019 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    California is fizzing again

    There'a a renaissance of sparkling wine production in the golden state. I’ve been having something of an unnerving experience of late. Receiving…

    13 May 2019 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    California drought over, for now​

    Alder reports from a West Coast that is, at last, rather damp. It’s spring in California wine country.  ‘As the vines break bud and come out of…

    16 Apr 2019 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    BC - sparkling with confidence

    This month Alder heads north. While this column in both name and purpose focuses on the American wine scene, I find it difficult not to pay some…

    18 Mar 2019 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    The era of the brand ambassador

    New ways to get the wine message across in the US. Selling wine in America is difficult, and getting more so (see How to buy wine in America and The…

    18 Feb 2019 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Where (else) wine geeks gather

    America's leading wine bulletin board celebrates its tenth anniversary. One of the most essential of wine’s gifts has long been its ability to bring…

    16 Jan 2019 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Vineyard labour – deportations v deposits

    Pressures on those directly responsible for the California grape crop. Amid a tide of animosity focused on people of Mexican and Latin American…

    20 Nov 2018 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    The highs and lows of American vintage 2018

    Alder traverses North America to bring news of the latest, still current, harvest. In preparing to summarise the state of the 2018 vintage in some of…

    15 Oct 2018 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Elevating Colorado wine

    What’s the ultimate sign that an emerging American wine region has finally broken out of obscurity? An influx of winemakers from Napa or Sonoma eager…

    18 Sep 2018 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Wine and weed

    Elton John sang of needing ‘Three days on a diet of cocaine and wine, and a little weed just to level me sometime.’ Lowell George of the band Little…

    20 Aug 2018 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    What's happening to Zinfandel?

    These days, wine festivals abound across America, especially those featuring Pinot Noir, which seem to be popping up by the handful in every major…

    16 Jul 2018 Alder Yarrow
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    America’s broadening palate

    In 2017 America held on to its title as the top importer of wine in the world by value, buying wine worth $6.2 billion from around the globe, which…

    18 Jun 2018 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    The Savvy Lake

    ‘It’s so crisp and cool and clear, I just love it', said pensioner Diane Tibbs while her husband Brad nodded in agreement as they both tipped back…

    14 May 2018 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Which weather is the new normal?

    Long used to depending on the weather, grape growers in California are largely scratching their heads these days, as long-standing patterns have…

    16 Apr 2018 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Free for all

    Changing States of somm

    5 April 2018 We're republishing this free in our Throwback Thursday series, partly because Richard referred to it in his article on wine documentaries…

    5 Apr 2018 Alder Yarrow