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  • Article Don't quote me

    California prices soften

    It's obvious that the recession has crippled wine sales at the high end, at least in the United States. Americans are buying as much wine as they did…

    17 Jun 2009 Linda Murphy
  • Article Free for all

    St Supery task list

    Who says you can never go home again? Certainly not Michael Scholz, nor St Supery Vineyards & Winery in Napa Valley. Scholz, St Supery’s winemaker…

    1 Jun 2009 Linda Murphy
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    Don Blackburn dies

    McDonald 'Don' Blackburn, the Burgundy-trained American Pinot champion who held key winemaking positions at California's Bernardus Winery, Byington…

    5 May 2009 Linda Murphy
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    A Goode job, indeed

    Sonoma County’s Murphy-Goode Winery, founded in Alexander Valley by Tim Murphy, Dale Goode and Dave Ready but no longer independent (see Murphy-Goode…

    29 Apr 2009 Linda Murphy
  • Article Tasting articles

    Monte Bello - 2008 and way back

    Eric Baugher, winemaker at the estimable Ridge Vineyards south of San Francisco, happened to mentioned to his boss Paul Draper that he was planning a…

    20 Apr 2009 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Wines of the week

    Scotto/Howling Moon, Old Vine Zinfandel 2005 Lodi

    From £6.89 and $9.60 Find Scotto Zin Find Howling Moon Zin What a pleasure to find such a great value wine from California! This blend of…

    31 Mar 2009 Jancis Robinson
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    Russian River Valley quarantine

    Eighteen square miles of vineyards, apples and other agriculture in the Russian River Valley appellation are under quarantine, bringing to three the…

    23 Mar 2009 Linda Murphy
  • Article Tasting articles

    California Pinot Noirs

    Pinot Noir is of course flavour of the year in the US. So much so that we don't see too many American Pinots on the British side of the Atlantic. But…

    6 Mar 2009 Jancis Robinson
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    California news roundup

    California axes tax – for now California wine producers, sellers and buyers dodged a so-called ‘nickel-a-drink’ tax when the state legislature…

    20 Feb 2009 Linda Murphy
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    US news

    Pressure on water grows It was a gloriously sunny, 72 ºF in Sonoma today, so warm that I wore shorts for most of the afternoon. But this is…

    6 Feb 2009 Linda Murphy
  • Article Don't quote me

    California wine tax hike

    Some Californian wine lovers are up in arms about a proposed increase in duty on wine in the state. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is proposing to…

    22 Jan 2009 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Tasting articles

    2006 Zinfandels to savour

    Our West Coast editor Linda Murphy (currently judging this year's Wines of Chile Awards in Santiago) draws our attention to a fine vintage for…

    15 Jan 2009 Linda Murphy
  • Article Don't quote me

    Gimme cheap grapes and a gun

    It’s amazing what lengths one particular wine producer has apparently gone to in order to be able once more to own a gun. Under the heading…

    14 Jan 2009 Jancis Robinson
  • Article Inside information

    Foley grabs Sebastiani

    Bill Foley is rapidly becoming a big cheese in West Coast winemaking, evidenced by his latest winery purchase, Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery,…

    22 Dec 2008 Linda Murphy
  • Article Inside information

    Let it snow … in Sonoma?

    On 16 Dec, I made a familiar drive east on Highway 128 through Sonoma county’s Alexander Valley, en route to Calistoga in northern Napa Valley. As I…

    18 Dec 2008 Linda Murphy