New wine-tasting room opens in Arroyo Grande, with another on the way – The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

New wine-tasting room opens in Arroyo Grande, with another on the way
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
The Village of Arroyo Grande is starting to offer more wine-tasting opportunities with the recent opening of one tasting room and another in the works. Qupé, Verdad Wines and Timbre Winery—all with ties to the Santa Maria Valley—will operate on ...

The Lore, And Lure, of Washington Syrah

The Yakima Herald
July 28, 2017

A DUSTY HIGHWAY outside the town of Granger, in the east end of the Yakima Valley, leads to holy ground. With Mount Adams as a cathedral, Red Willow Vineyard is where Washington syrah was born and baptized.

Today, syrah is the third-most-planted red grape in Washington, behind cabernet sauvignon and merlot, and its acreage grows year by year.

How syrah got here is part of Washington wine lore.

In 1983, Red Willow owner Mike Sauer was harvesting his first crop of cabernet sauvignon when he was approached by Peter Dow of Cavatappi Winery in Kirkland. Dow was interested in making nebbiolo, a classic Italian variety. The affable Sauer agreed and planted an acre. When David Lake, winemaker for Columbia Winery in Woodinville, found out, he suggested planting syrah, too. Lake helped Sauer select cuttings from a vineyard in California, and Sauer cultivated them in his nursery for a year before planting in 1986>>>Read entire article on The Yakima Herald

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Daily Wine News: Simple German Labels

Dönnhoff Kabinett and Kabinett Trocken labels. (Source: Wikimedia)

In Wine-Searcher, James Lawrence explores how some German producers are simplifying their labels in an attempt to reduce consumers’ confusion. “Growers who care about the Millennial vote now champion simple, clear and precise labels… It is this label evolution that the trade believe is Germany’s best chance of winning the hearts and minds of Millennials over the next decade.”

“I was not surprised that many readers said they loved New Zealand sauvignon blanc…I was also not surprised to see some grumpy reactions…These diverging views reflect the polarizing nature of sauvignon blanc, which does in general seem to inspire love or hate.” In the New York Times, Eric Asimov offers his thoughts on the latest Wine School, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and announces what’s up next: Godello.

In Wine Enthusiast, Lenn Thompson writes about how Pennsylvania’s wineries are pushing up against Prohibition-era laws and still making quality wines. “After many years of stagnation, laws are changing, and renewed interest in Mid-Atlantic wines could mean a bright future for the Pennsylvania wine industry.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Julie H. Case delves into the science of smoke taint.

In Forbes, Susan H. Gordon explores the importance of blends in Alsace.

Wines & Vines reports on wine business research presented at a recent conference at Sonoma State University.

In the Guardian, Andrew Martin travels to Bordeaux on the new fast train from Paris and explores the region’s wines.

Tom Wark details “The Pros and Cons of Living in Napa Valley.”

Wine Reviews: Weekly Mini Round-Up For July 31, 2017

So, like, what is this stuff, anyway?
I taste a bunch-o-wine (technical term for more than most people). So each week, I share some of my wine reviews (mostly from samples) and tasting notes with you via twitter (limited to 140 characters). They are meant to be quirky, fun, and easily-digestible reviews of currently available wines. Below is a wrap-up of those twitter wine reviews from the past week (click here for the skinny on how to read them), along with links to help you find these wines, so that you can try them for yourself. Cheers!

  • 16 Bastianich Vini Orsone Friulano (Friuli-Venezia Giulia): Get yer thinking cap on, you'll need it for this textural, intellectual 1 $25 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Bastianich Plus Colli Orientali del Friuli (Friuli-Venezia Giulia): Old in spirit, but powerful & fresh in nearly all other ways. $40 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chateau Montelena Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Juicy, minty, smokey, & proving that CM haven't missed a beat. $58 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 13 Steven Kent Winery Lineage (Livermore Valley): Checking in a year later &… yep, it's still a complete, total, & utter stunner. $155 A >>find this wine<<
  • 16 Steven Kent Winery Lola White Whine (Livermore Valley): Fresh, zesty, & proud of the fresh ginger it just picked up at the market. $24 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • 14 Chappellet Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley): Three cheers for Petit Verdot & supporting cast, who almost steal the show. $60 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 12 Maculan Dindarello Moscato (Veneto): A bargain cornucopia of honey, flowers, fresh & dried fruits, with fun & elegance on the side $25 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Tenuta di Corte Giacobbe Vigneto Runcata (Soave Superiore): Rarely does Soave get this serious, or this, well, uhm… suave. $35 B+ >>find this wine<<
  • NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose (Champagne): Red berry fruit muscles are being flexed by someone who's been training in the offseason $53 A- >>find this wine<<
  • 15 Weingut Kofererhof Gewurztraminer Alto Adige Valle Isarco (Trentino-Alto Adige): Flowers, flowers, flowers, loveliness, & flowers. $30 B+ >>find this wine<<

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