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  • Article Inside information

    California fires and the smoke effect

    Flying in to San Francisco last Wednesday was a trial. Haze from Northern California's serious fires, many of them in Mendocino County, had so…

    30 Jun 2008 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Inside information

    New winemaker for Hanzell

    Hanzell Vineyards, the historic Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producer in California’s Sonoma Valley, has hired a gem of a winemaker, Michael McNeill, to…

    13 Jun 2008 Linda Murphy
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    Constellation sells off Geyser Peak

    As predicted here, Constellation Brands has sold several wine brands it acquired in its December 2007 purchase of Beam Wine Estates – and then some.…

    11 Jun 2008 Linda Murphy
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    Frost hits northern California

    Lest anyone think that all California growing seasons are easy and uniform, 2008 comes along to dispel the myth. In what many Northern California…

    28 Apr 2008 Linda Murphy
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    Pinot Noir shortage in the US

    Turrentine, one of California’s leading grape and bulk wine brokers with an international operation now, issued a revealing report on California’s…

    28 Feb 2008 Jancis Robinson
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    Schramsberg’s Jamie Davies dies

    Jamie Davies, the “grande dame” of Napa Valley’s Schramsberg Vineyards sparkling wine house, died Feb 12 at her Calistoga estate. Davies, 73, had…

    13 Feb 2008 Linda Murphy
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    Jugs from Constellation to The Wine Group

    In the mid 20th century Inglenook was one of the wine producers that put California on the world map. But last week the biggest wine company in the…

    28 Jan 2008 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Tasting articles

    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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    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
  • Article Tasting articles

    First Class American reds

    It was recently North America’s turn for a red wine tender for British Airways First Class (see the results of a recent similar tasting of Australian…

    14 Nov 2007 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Tasting articles

    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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    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
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    American whites at the BA tasting: the wines

    Here, in alphabetical order of producer, is a complete list of the wines described in  American whites - the most candid of comments. The tasting…

    17 Aug 2007 Jancis Robinson
  • 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 Travel tips

    Buying wine in California

    See... www.jancisrobinson.com/forums and www.jancisrobinson.com/forum/7/111

    3 Jun 2007 Jancis Robinson