Freeman topped an impressive field of 25 other competitors in a rigorous three-part wine examination involving service, blind tasting and theory. An elite panel of Master Sommelier judges named Freeman the 2018 TEXSOM Best Sommelier at a ceremony on Monday evening. The competition is a traditional part of TEXSOM. To participate, candidates must be a current resident of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, or Texas and must not have passed the Court of Master Sommeliers' Advanced Sommelier Examination or won the competition previously.
"It seems like a more traditional normal start," said Kelly Macleod, director of vineyards for Hudson Vineyards in Carneros. "We just did our first sampling on Monday for earliest blocks of Chardonnnay. We are two to three weeks out, I'd say, about 10 days later than last year."
Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance will be holding an official bell ringing ceremony at the Mission San Francisco Solano beginning at 11:45am. If you are available and in the area, please stop by to celebrate with us.
San Francisco jurors just ruled that Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper terminal cancer. So they awarded him $289 million in damages -- mostly to punish the agricultural company Monsanto. Dewayne Johnson's victory Friday could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases claiming Monsanto's famous herbicide causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Johnson's case was the first to go to trial because doctors said he was near death. And in California, dying plaintiffs can be granted expedited trials.
Prestigious wine judges from Northern California gathered to judge the 40th Annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition, one of the oldest regional wine competitions in California. This year there were 247 wine entries from 46 wineries.
Madrigal Family Winery Tasting Salon & Gallery in Sausalito hosts the 26th in its Art and Wine series on Thursday August 30th from 6-8:30pm, featuring the work of local Marin County Artists Mehri Dadgar and Shiva Pakdel with art curation by Shiva Pakdel.
rgyle Winery is excited to announce that it will be unveiling its limited-edition 2015 Art of Sparkling Vintage Brut at a special event to be held on September 15th. As part of Argyle's philanthropic support of the Oregon arts community, Art of Sparkling is a unique program in collaboration with the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
A new wine competition is coming to New Orleans on November 6-8. The New Orleans International Wine Awards hopes to draw competing wineries from around the world to be evaluated by judges from across the country.
Now canned wine is gaining traction among consumers, and the Australian inventors of wine-in-a-can technology are fighting a David and Goliath battle with Treasury Wine Estates over the right to use the technology.
Beverage alcohol market research firm BW 166 LLC says retail wine sales in the U.S. between June 2017-June 2018 were flat at $3.3 billion. During the same period, however, sales of wine in boxes rose by 7% and sales of wine in cans jumped a whopping 43%.
The Rosé category continues to grow, some might say metastasize, at a dizzying pace. Just looking at the calendar proves that many of this year's early releases of 2017 Rosés, at least those from the northern hemisphere, were clearly rushed through their fermentations ...