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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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    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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    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
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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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    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
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    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
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    Buying wine in California

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    3 Jun 2007 Jancis Robinson
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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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    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
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    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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    Vintage 2006 in California

      In California, particularly in its two most important wine regions, Napa and Sonoma, most vintages are considered to be “excellent” by those who…

    8 Dec 2006 Linda Murphy
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    Californians scratch their heads over Michelin guide

    In Northern California wine country, the biggest buzz hasn’t been about the drawn-out grape harvest, but about the European arbiter of gastronomy,…

    9 Nov 2006 Linda Murphy
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    Arrowood starts again

      Linda Murphy writes: The last three years have been disheartening, to put it mildly, for Sonoma Valley winemaking icon Richard Arrowood. But with…

    30 Oct 2006 Linda Murphy