Chalone Vineyards has changed hands again. The new owner Bill Foley plans to put new emphasis on promoting the brand.
Dorthy Gaiter interviews Michael Mondavi about the Mondavi clan, then and now. The way things have turned out may not be as patriarch Robert Mondavi had envisioned, but if he were here he'd probably be pleased.
Tim Carl writes about the evolving taste in California wine country. Could this be a glimpse into the near future?
Batya Ungar-Sargon wonders 'Why aren't there more Black Americans making wine?'.
From the files of people behaving badly, Italian police have discovered a counterfeit Champagne operation in the province of Padua.
Wine of the week: 2012 Boundary Breaks Vineyard Riesling - Ovid Line North
This riesling hails from the Finger Lakes Region of New York on the east side of Seneca Lake. It's composed of two riesling clones Geisenheim 110 and 239 and was harvested at 21 brix. Fermented and aged in stainless steel for six months, it's finished with residual sugar of 3.2 % and 11.6 % abv. It has a shy nose with a pleasant leesy aroma. Leesy is a term for the aroma you get from wine that is held in a container on its lees (dead yeast cells) for an extended period. Where this wine really struts its stuff is on the palate. You'll find juicy white peach and pear flavors. It's off dry with that characteristic lemon, lime, tongue tingling acidity on the finish. A real crowd pleaser for sure. 575 cases $20