After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall in recent years, growers in the nation's premier wine region are facing a heat wave that has made for one of the earliest harvests in recent memory.
It had been on my radar for awhile," said Sinor, who declined to disclose the purchase price. "We have owned a small winery since 1997, and now we have an estate vineyard. It was a logical progression for the company."
Born in 1941, Dourthe was an oenologist and ampelographer who worked as winemaker at Dourthe Freres negociant house in the 1960s, before leaving for Chile where he became a viticultural expert for the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture.
Dick Vermeil, Super Bowl-winning Coach and two-time NFL Coach-of-the-Year, and winemaker Paul Smith have announced the opening of the Vermeil Wines Tasting Room. Located at 1018 First Street in Napa, visitors to the tasting room can sample the selection of fine wines from Vermeil Wines.
Winemakers in AOC Saint Emilion Grand Cru have tightened quality controls surrounding their bottling, with new plans to test wines after bottling, and again at five years old starting from the 2014 vintage.