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  • Article Inside information

    Napa's moth quarantine

    Contrary to some knee-jerk reports, the wine sky is not falling on Napa Valley, although a quarantine has been placed on a portion of its…

    15 Mar 2010 Linda Murphy
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    Tobacco titan keeps Ste Michelle

    The suspense is over, at least for the foreseeable future, at Ste Michelle Wine Estates - Washington state's largest wine company and pied piper for…

    22 Feb 2010 Linda Murphy
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    California awash in Pinots

    The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s 2009 Preliminary Grape Crush Report, released yesteday, shows that the 2009 vintage is the…

    11 Feb 2010 Linda Murphy
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    Obama and - the Napa Wine Train?

    Since its first all-aboard in 1989, the Napa Valley Wine Train has been both a rail spike to the heart of Napa Valley residents who perceive it to be…

    10 Feb 2010 Linda Murphy
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    United Grapes of America

    In the same week, California vintners announced a third-party certification programme for sustainable grapegrowing and winemaking and Wine Business…

    21 Jan 2010 Linda Murphy
  • Article Don't quote me

    Will 'Jesse' Jackson move that mountain?

    The super-fastidious New York Times published a story on Sunday in which writer Frances Dinkelspiel detailed the opposition in northern Sonoma County…

    20 Jan 2010 Linda Murphy
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    What will the Journal do now?

    19 Feb - See the answer here.4 Jan - If last weekend's Journal is truly indicative, the answer to the question posed by the title of this article…

    28 Dec 2009 Linda Murphy
  • Article Free for all

    Calistoga - an AVA at last

    After six years, thousands of public comments, vociferous debate and some hard feelings, Chateau Montelena, Araujo, Clos Pegase and other Calistoga…

    4 Dec 2009 Linda Murphy
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    Next year's US Hall of Fame

    An eclectic mix of winemakers (Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard, Zelma Long of Long Vineyards and Vilafonte and the late Al Brounstein of Diamond…

    23 Nov 2009 Linda Murphy
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    California 2009 - now the grapes are in

    As I reported here, in a 24-hour period in mid October, between 2 and 10 inches (5–25 cm) of rain fell in central and northern California vineyards,…

    20 Nov 2009 Linda Murphy
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    Vallejo arsonist jailed

    The Marin County man suspected of setting fire to a Vallejo wine storage facility in Oct 2005, which destroyed some $200 million worth of wine kept…

    17 Nov 2009 Linda Murphy
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    California 2009 - a very damp finish

    On 13 Oct, one week ago, the Napa Valley Vintners Association presented its 2009 harvest report to the media. Winemakers hailed the vintage as…

    20 Oct 2009 Linda Murphy
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    David Lake - the quiet dean

    British Master of Wine David Lake, winemaker at Washington state’s Columbia Winery from 1979 until his retirement in 2006, and considered the dean of…

    7 Oct 2009 Linda Murphy
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    Fine fizz from Virginia

    The Champenois are no strangers to California, having in the 1980s established Domaine Chandon, Mumm Napa and Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley,…

    30 Sep 2009 Linda Murphy
  • Article Tasting articles

    Finger Lakes Rieslings

    Here are highlights from my all-too-brief, not-at-all-comprehensive tasting of 2007 and 2008 Finger Lakes Rieslings [readers may remember similar…

    15 Sep 2009 Linda Murphy