A study led by UC Davis researchers offers evidence that grapes and the wines they produce are also the product of an unseen but fairly predictable microbial terroir, itself shaped by the climate and geography of the region, vineyard and even individual vine.
Prominent winemakers and growers competed vigorously for hours for parts of the Red Mountain American Viticultural Area (AVA) Saturday, but ultimately it was a single buyer from Canada who purchased all 670 acres for $8.7 million in a Musser Bros. Auction.
The discovery of stable but differing patterns of microbial communities from one region's vineyards to another means that microbes could explain, at least in part, why one region's zinfandel, say, tastes different from another's?
Nickolas Bokulich and his colleagues at the University of California, Davis, analysed the microbes on 273 samples of must - the crushed grapes from which wine is made. These came from eight wineries across the four major growing regions in California in 2010 and 2012.
In October, we asked sommeliers about their "pet peeves." This month, we are giving the retailers a chance. There was no shortage of irritation, but, not too surprisingly, all of the merchants interviewed asked to remain anonymous, as no one wanted to seem petty or overly critical of their customers and suppliers.
The production of wine grapes set another Washington state record this year, increasing 16 percent from last year's record. An estimated 218,000 tons of wine grapes were crushed this year, said Vicky Scharlau, executive director of the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers.
Niswonger competed in the student wine tasting competition at La Soiree, an annual fundraising event hosted by the French American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco. She was announced as the winner after correctly identifying a 2012 Chenin Blanc from California and a 2011 Syrah from France.
A draft version of proposed revisions to Santa Barbara County's winery ordinance is expected to be available to the public for review and comment early next year, according to Long Range Planning Division staff.