While some critics are calling for the campaign to be called off, the Bordelais are imploring the trade and media to give the wines a chance, and merchants believe a bad campaign could revitalize the industry
In El Dorado Country, a wine industry is growing, but one still is not surrounded on all sides by grapevines. On the road that snaked up the mountain, however, vines began to appear, growing valiantly on the steep slope. On a rock wall, a sign appeared: Jose Wine Caves.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, held in this northern Sonoma County town, drew a record 5,825 entries from more than 1,500 wineries across 25 states. This makes it the largest judging of American wines -- and the biggest wine competition held on the continent.
"This recognition affirms my idea that the growing conditions at Del Rio Vineyard are well suited for the Cabernet Sauvignon. You know that the variety has found a sense of place or terroir when consistency is achieved through several vintages."
Gregory M. Hazuza has a $1 million plan to construct a building where he can make the wine he now produces in a garage on his Sewickley Township property and another building outside Rillton where he can host parties and wedding receptions.
Anyone who has built up a collection of fine wines over, say, 40 years will know that perhaps the biggest factor in maintaining their quality is the longevity of corks. At what age does one wear out and have to be replaced?
Growing interest in Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay (which sits happily at No. 5 on the grape vine hit parade) comes at the expensive of workhorse varieties, such as Rkatsiteli from Georgia and Sultaniye from Turkey.
A team of Australian researchers has taken a giant step towards controlling a growing problem in the wine community. They have identified special yeast that produce a lower level of alcohol, helping to preserve the flavor. Their research is published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology
California Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a statewide emergency because of drought, giving state agencies more flexibility in managing water supply and ordering them to conserve water. - See more at: http://www.capitalpress.com/article/20140117/ARTICLE/140119875#sthash.HnddXbRp.dpuf