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  • Article Don't quote me

    Pipeline blocked by $50+ Cabs

    As drizzly, foggy mornings and mild (75–85 °F) afternoons continue to delay the 2010 grape harvest in California by as much as three weeks, there is a…

    26 Aug 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    Stone rolls to Evening Land

    One of America's most famous sommeliers, Larry Stone MS, has left his post as general manager at Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley…

    11 Aug 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    California 2010 - lean and mean?

    Could it be that the 12.5% alcohol California table wine, a regular feature of the 1970s, will return? That's quite a stretch, yet the 2010…

    10 Aug 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    Gallo, Constellation follow Riesling trend

    Despite the lure of Bründlmayer, Josef Leitz, Dr Loosen, Ostertag, Dönnhoff, Hugel and St Urbans-Hof, I spent most of my tasting hours at the recent…

    3 Aug 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Tasting articles

    Derenoncourt in America

    Stéphane Derenoncourt, the St-Émilion-based, globe-trotting winemaking consultant, has finally landed in California, not only as an advisor to Francis…

    30 Jul 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    Burgundies in Sonoma

    Leave it to Jean-Charles Boisset (pictured left at his new bar) to offer tastings and sales of Burgundy wines on a prominent corner of Sonoma…

    26 Jul 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    Jackson, Diageo feel the crunch

    So much is in flux in the Golden State wine industry that I sometimes find myself anaesthetised to the daily changes. But I came out of a foggy haze…

    12 Jul 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Free for all

    Daring pairings

    Purple pager Evan Goldstein is at it again, applying his Master Sommelier skills and deep knowledge of wine and food pairing to a new book, Daring…

    18 Jun 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Don't quote me

    Foley adds Chalk Hill

    Reports that surfaced on 4 Jun that Sonoma's swank Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery was for sale have been confirmed, and a deal has actually been…

    14 Jun 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    All change at Chalk Hill

    In 2008 when the news hit that Fred and Peggy Furth, owners of Sonoma County's esteemed Chalk Hill Estate Winery, were divorcing, tongues wagged: who…

    7 Jun 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    What's in store for California

    Once again, Northern California-based Silicon Valley Bank has peered into its crystal ball to prognosticate what's ahead for the US wine industry in…

    7 May 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    Prices fall in California

    The annual California Grape Crush Report and Grape Acreage Report show that the 2009 vintage was the second-largest wine grape crop in the state's…

    23 Apr 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Don't quote me

    America's smaller wineries under threat

    American consumers’ right to order wine from out-of-state producers and have it shipped to their homes is again under siege, this time in the form of…

    21 Apr 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Free for all

    American wineries up, sales flat

    Wines & Vines magazine, based in California, reports that the number of North American wineries grew by 361 in the last year, and by 1,961 since 2005…

    13 Apr 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    Gallo shut up shop

    E&J Gallo's first and only public tasting room, located on the tourism yellow brick road that is the Healdsburg plaza in Sonoma County, shuttered last…

    18 Mar 2010 Linda Murphy