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  • Article Inside information

    Ubuntu – Napa’s only vegetarian restaurant

    After reading about Jancis’ over-the-top dinner at the French Laundry, I feel somewhat virtuous in reporting on my meal this week at the new Ubuntu…

    5 Oct 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Calera Pinots back on form

    With the increasing presence of hotshot, high-scoring California Pinot Noirs in the market (Aubert, Black Kite, Emeritus, Kosta Browne and Sea Smoke…

    20 Sep 2007 Linda Murphy
  • Article Don't quote me

    California wine 10 years hence

    I recently asked a number of California vintners, marketers and industry officials on what might happen to the Golden State’s wine industry in the…

    17 Aug 2007 Linda Murphy
  • Article Free for all

    Winiarski to sell Stag's Leap

    Warren Winiarski confirmed Monday what previously had been unthinkable: that he is selling his ground-breaking Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa…

    31 Jul 2007 Linda Murphy
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    The best American Rieslings...

    My acid-stripped tongue and throbbing gums aside, a recent 100-Riesling tasting at the Riverside (California) International Wine Competition was a…

    29 May 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Sauvignon Republic in the Bear Republic

    California is blessed with the climate and soils to grow just about any grape, and indeed, winemakers throw a multitude of varieties against the wall…

    22 May 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Col Solare gets its own winery...

    After 12 years, Col Solare – Washington state’s Italianate answer to Opus One and a partnership between Piero Antinori and Chateau Ste Michelle – has…

    16 Apr 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Brice Jones is back

      Brice Jones, who flew fighter jets in Vietnam and founded Chardonnay-centric Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards in Russian River Valley before anyone knew…

    26 Mar 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Titbits from that Hall of Fame dinner

      Friday’s Culinary Institute of America Vintners Hall of Fame dinner in St Helena honoured Robert Mondavi, departed pioneers André Tchelistcheff,…

    12 Mar 2007 Linda Murphy
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    No Hall of Fame for Gallo

    Ernest Gallo is not only gone, he’s also been forgotten, at least by the group that selected the first members of the Culinary Institute of America…

    9 Mar 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Corison - California Cabernet with subtlety

    Those who mourn 'the good old days' of less ripe, less alcoholic, ageworthy California Cabernet Sauvignons can take comfort that Paul Draper at Ridge…

    16 Feb 2007 Linda Murphy
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    The Mondavis’ new wine

      At last, Tim Mondavi has coughed up details on the wine he’s launching with his father, Robert, stepmother Margrit and sister Marcia Mondavi…

    29 Jan 2007 Linda Murphy
  • Article Tasting articles

    Chateau St Jean - back to 1996

    Sonoma County’s Chateau St Jean produces a prodigious volume of remarkably good wine (400,000 cases per year), cutting a wide varietal swathe that…

    26 Jan 2007 Linda Murphy
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    Dundee Hills Pinot Noirs

    As reported in Vintage 2006 in Oregon, the Dundee Hills won their own AVA last year. This 6,490-acre region has crimson, volcanic clay-loam soils that…

    21 Dec 2006 Linda Murphy
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    Vintage 2006 in Oregon

    The end of the 2006 Oregon harvest coincided with the arrival at my door of a box of Pinot Noir from one of Oregon's newest appellations, and my…

    20 Dec 2006 Linda Murphy