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  • Article Alder on America

    Napa Valley in retrospect

    See also Alder's tasting notes.Do the wines of Napa share the characteristic of so many of the world's greatest wines, namely the ability to improve…

    20 Nov 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    California 2012 ‘perfect’, but how?

    Most California winemakers are far too busy tending their bubbling tanks and barrels to hold press conferences at this time of year, but trust me when…

    17 Oct 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Prices and politics in California's 2012 harvest

    Workdays start before dawn this week across Northern California, as this year's harvest gets underway with a massive sigh of relief shared by most…

    18 Sep 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Crushpad - death of a business model

    Silicon Valley lies a mere 90 miles from the heart of California wine country, but sits worlds apart. The frenzy of venture-backed start-ups doesn’t…

    16 Aug 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Summer vacations in wine country

    By the time I was four years old, I had begun to visit my father during the summer at the hippie commune on which I was born. After spending winters…

    18 Jul 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Syrah - the end of an era?

    For the past 20 years, the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May has always meant the same thing for thousands of wine lovers in…

    20 Jun 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    California grape shortage - fact or fiction?

    'Panic! Wine Prices Due to Rise' read a recent headline on TIME Magazine's website. Welcome to the absurd states of America. That TIME Magazine, not…

    17 May 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Exporting America - the pitfalls

    On my recent trip to Austria, I stopped in at one of the city’s more well-regarded chain wine stores, Wein & Co, and took a browse around. I always…

    19 Apr 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    The pursuit of California balance

    Clumsy. Overripe. High alcohol. Over oaked. Fruit driven. Massive. Sweet. Made for Mr Parker's Palate.The historical stereotype of California wine,…

    20 Mar 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Don Cornwell - the fine-wine bidder's hero

    We are publishing Alder's February contribution a little early this month, in time for the controversial wine auction scheduled for tomorrow* night…

    7 Feb 2012 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    The states of wine shipping

    'It will cost the economy thousands of jobs.''It will reduce tax revenues and destroy retailers.''It will result in an epidemic of teen drunk…

    24 Jan 2012 Alder Yarrow
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    2011 tests US vintners

    'Mildew, botrytis (pictured, by Koolbe), blue mould, green mould, you name it, it was everywhere. This is the most difficult vintage I've ever been a…

    20 Dec 2011 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Thanksgiving and wine - relax!

    At a certain point in my childhood, Christmas faced a stiff challenge as my favourite holiday. Never mind that I am technically Jewish. For whatever…

    21 Nov 2011 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Alder on America

    Napa and the new kid in town

    Here is Alder Yarrow's first monthly despatch from the US on what is currently preoccupying American wine lovers. To mark the beginning of this new…

    19 Oct 2011 Alder Yarrow
  • Article Don't quote me

    Burgundy v US - a human perspective

    San Francisco-based Alder Yarrow of vinography.com, who wins awards for his blog with impressive frequency, shares with us one thing that struck him…

    30 Nov 2010 Alder Yarrow