Something felt different this year. As I struggled to whittle down this year's Top 100 down to just 100 wines, I couldn't help but conclude that now is the best time in many years to be drinking American wine.
The idea for a series of family events over one weekend was born when Tim Mondavi's family started planning for the opening of Continuum's new winery at about the same time as Peter's family began to organize a gala opening of the new Charles Krug Visitor Center to coincide with the family patriarch's 99th birthday.
A broader adjudication will be triggered if the governmental entities take the position that they are seeking to take away existing landowner rights. At this point the decision lies with our elected representatives.
"The pace of transactions has picked up dramatically this year," said Chris Hermann, who founded Portland law firm Stoel Rives' Winery and Vineyard Management group. "It's like watching the stock market right now."
It might not seem like the most likely industry to get India on the global map. However, Indian wine industry has achieved such success that countries like the United States of America, and the home of wine France, want a share of this pie.
"There's nothing wrong with a good hotel out here," said Jim Hart, whose father, Joe, founded the rustic, red-wine-producing Hart Winery in 1980 after planting vines in the '70s. "And there's nothing wrong with an occasional wedding or concert."
The tension between grape growers and hungry birds is at an all-time high. Standard-issue scarecrows have proven ineffective. Air cannons no longer startle. It's time to call in the secret weapon. Summon the Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Men.
Given the semi-remote location and the long driveway leading to a series of developed facilities, potential winery visitors in the past often were discouraged by the lack of any visible hospitality presence - sometimes turning around half-way.
Hobbs, who was born in New York State, told db during a tasting in London last month that next year he plans to plant Riesling on a 65-acre plot he's bought in his native state's Finger Lakes wine region.