"It's evolved to be a better auction for Sonoma County," said Barbara Banke, chairwoman of the board of Jackson Family Wines and the auction's honorary chairwoman. "A lot of the lots went for record prices this year. The Sonoma County wines are world class, and we have a lot of good bidders from across the country."
The 23-year cumulative total, including direct contributions and leveraged funds provided to scientists as a result of initial research funding from festival proceeds, has surpassed $280 million dollars since 1995
Winemakers disagree on which grapes are susceptible. Roco Winery co-founder and winemaker Rollin Soles says no variety is immune if enough smoke is present. Quady says pinot noir, which for years has been Oregon's crown jewel, is "very susceptible" to smoke taint because of the timing of its ripening and the softness of the skins.
It's up to Bordeaux winemakers to curb alcohol in their wines and global warming should not be an excuse for allowing levels to rise too high, argues John Salvi MW, drawing on the historical perspective of alcohol in Bordeaux wine
In the space of five decades this zeitgeist combination of importing consulting talent, banding winemakers together and focusing on developing select local grapes altered the island's reputation for wine
The Legislature passed the law in 2004 after finding that forced feeding was cruel and inhumane. The law gave producers a grace period of more than seven years to find a new method of making foie gras.
Among the most exciting developments in the Pacific Northwest wine country in recent years is the emergence of red Rhône blends, commonly called GSMs because of the three primary grapes in the blend: Grenache-Syrah-Mourvèdre