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    Oxbow - Napa gets a farmers' market

    Napa’s new look  Linda Murphy sent the report below last weekend, promising a more detailed visitor’s guide to the Napa Valley to come. Here’s what…

    7 Jan 2008 Linda Murphy
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    Moueix chases those Millennials

    After a quarter-century making his Dominus Cabernet Sauvignons in Napa Valley, and more time than that selling Pétrus and his other wines in the US,…

    2 Jan 2008 Linda Murphy
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    Ramey's confidently neo-classical Chardonnays

    After several years of too much oak, overt buttery character and weak acidity – downright flabby wines - California Chardonnay seems to be sorting…

    24 Dec 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Two books in a mostly bare cupboard

    Take away the annual pocket guides, and this holiday season is Scrooge-like in the number of US-published wine books sent my way. Still, two are worth…

    19 Dec 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Twentysomethings and wine

    ACNielsen, the company that began telling Americans what their neighbours were watching on tv in the 1960s, is in the business of monitoring our…

    14 Dec 2007 Linda Murphy
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    US appellations put on hold

    18 Dec - the latest development is that yesterday the TTB extended the public comment period, which was due to end on 20 Dec, to 20 Mar 2008,…

    5 Dec 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Etude - a Napa Valley study

    Tony Soter is one of California’s (and now Oregon’s) most talented winemakers, turning the wines of Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Spottswoode, Viader and…

    30 Nov 2007 Linda Murphy
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    A Spottswoode update

    Last year, Jancis tasted every vintage (1982 through 2003 – see tasting notes) of Spottswoode St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, joining the…

    20 Nov 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Gallegos of Priorat and Sta. Rita (sic)

    Victor Gallegos is a most unusual vintner, a Californian with one foot firmly planted in the Pinot Noir-producing Sta. Rita Hills appellation of Santa…

    6 Nov 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Riedel goes to Oregon

    Does the world really need another Riedel stem? Oregon winemakers thought so, Georg Riedel of Riedel Glas Austria eventually agreed, and now the…

    1 Nov 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Great golfing value - for North Americans

    I taste wines “made” by famous athletes with a good slug of scepticism (there are at least 10 of them). Only a few are truly serious about winemaking…

    23 Oct 2007 Linda Murphy
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    BV invests in Georges de Latour

    It appears that Napa’s Beaulieu Vineyard will finally be able to treat its most important wine, the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet…

    21 Oct 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Longshadows - the tasting notes

    See inside information for the background to these wines from Allen Shoup and a stable of famous vintners from well outside Washington state.  …

    19 Oct 2007 Linda Murphy
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    After Chateau Ste Michelle...

    When Allen Shoup retired in 2000 as CEO of Washington state’s largest wine company, Stimson Lane (now Ste Michelle Wine Estates), he had already begun…

    19 Oct 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Piero Antinori in California … again

    On the heels of his July purchase (with Ste Michelle Wine Estates) of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Piero Antinori has released the first vintage of his…

    11 Oct 2007 Linda Murphy