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Tag: Laura Ness

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2019: An Outspoken Voice for the Little Guy

Some see Tom Wark as an advocate for the wine industry, given his role as the Executive Director of National Association of Wine Retailers since 2007, but he prefers to think of himself as an outspoken voice for the “little guy.” Since 2004, he’s been unapologetically airing concerns over the three-tier distribution system and lack of consumer choice in the marketplace, lambasting what he terms “rent seeking, special interests and other self serving groups.”

By January 17, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Domaine Carneros Wins Best Sparkling for Third Time at North Coast Wine Challenge

Domaine Carneros Wins Best Sparkling for Third Time at North Coast Wine Challenge

When the results of the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge were announced, and the 2013 Domaine Carneros Brut, Napa, was declared the Best Sparkling, it was cause for celebration at the beautiful chateau where Eileen and her colleagues make their widely lauded wine lineup.

By December 14, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Soda Rock Wins Best of Mendocino in Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge for Chardonnay From Hopland Vineyard

Isabelle Adams of Soda Rock Winery chooses her wine competitions very carefully. The 8-year-old winery produces about 6k cases yearly, and relies on direct to consumer sales for most of the production.

By December 3, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Boisset Takes Best of Marin Four Years in a Row with 2015 Pinot Noir

Boisset Takes Best of Marin Four Years in a Row with 2015 Pinot Noir

Winning “Best of Marin” at the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge with the 2015 DeLoach Marin Pinot Noir made it four years in a row that Brian Maloney, Director of Sonoma County Winemaking for Boisset Collection, claimed the honor.

By November 27, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
The Best of Lake County: Cache Creek Cabernet

The Best of Lake County: Cache Creek Cabernet

Cache Creek Vineyards, located in eastern Lake County off Hwy 20 near Clearlake Oaks, got its formal start as a winery in 2005, but first and foremost, was a vineyard known for excellent fruit. It all started with the family patriarch, Bill “Poppo” Van Pelt, father of the present-day owner, Don Van Pelt. When “Poppo” first set foot on the land in 1997, he encountered a herd of Tule elk, and vowed to make the land a preserve for them.

By November 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Late Harvest Chard Wins Best Dessert for Sonoma-Cutrer

Late Harvest Chard Wins Best Dessert for Sonoma-Cutrer

Ask Mick Schroeter how the Late Harvest Chardonnay project came about at Sonoma-Cutrer, and the well-versed Aussie, who began his career as a red winemaker in the Barossa Valley with the iconic Penfolds brand, says simply, “Chardonnay and Pinot Noir just don’t cut it with dessert. We were doing all these wine dinners, and we’d get to the dessert course, and nothing would be quite right. So, we decided it was time to do a Late Harvest.”

By November 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Can You Beat This? Kokomo’s 100-Point Score in the North Coast Wine Challenge a Game-Changer

Can You Beat This? Kokomo’s 100-Point Score in the North Coast Wine Challenge a Game-Changer

When winemaker Erik Miller got the call informing him that his 2015 Gopher Hill Pinot had just garnered a 100-point score, and oh, by the way, it took Best of Show at the 2018 North Coast Wine Challenge, he didn’t quite know what to expect.

By November 6, 2018 5 Comments Read More →
Man of Steele: 50 Harvests and Counting

Man of Steele: 50 Harvests and Counting

There aren’t many of Jed Steele’s contemporaries still making wine. Most have hung up their hoses and gone fishing, or passed on to the great vineyard in the sky. Few have as many stories to tell as this man. And far fewer have made as many wines from as many different places. And fewer still can claim to have been at the forefront of the creation of two powerhouse AVAs: Mendocino and Lake County. 

By July 3, 2018 5 Comments Read More →
What Do Women Want?: When Women Judge Wine for Women

What Do Women Want?: When Women Judge Wine for Women

Cindy Lauper said it best: girls just want to have fun. And women pretty much want the same thing. Women in the wine industry just want to make wine fun. Women winemakers mostly want to make wine that’s fun, and have fun doing it. Otherwise, what’s the point? And in general, we wine women are just like other women: we mostly want to drink wine that’s fun.

By June 22, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Close Calls as 44 Best of Class Wines Clash in Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition Sweepstakes

Close Calls as 44 Best of Class Wines Clash in Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition Sweepstakes

As we gathered for the judging of the sweepstakes wines at the Dan Berger International Wine Competition earlier this month, the suspense was killing us. Did any of the wines we loved on our panel make it? Not that it really mattered. We trusted all the wines would be great. And we knew there would be some Berger ringers: we anticipated a Gamay Noir, as he mentioned it the night before at the judges dinner, graciously hosted by the generous Cline Family at their stunning Jacuzzi facility, where they served grass fed beef from their Meadowbrook Ranch accompanied by a panoply of produce from their Green String Farms. The meal was as memorable as the bottle of 1978 Ahlgren Zin brought by long-time judge Tom Bohr.

By May 29, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Defender of the Consumer Palate and Your Right to Choose

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2018: Defender of the Consumer Palate and Your Right to Choose

Tim Hanni, one of two resident Americans to receive the title Master of Wine and well-known industry myth-buster, would like the wine industry to stop foisting untruths upon an unsuspecting public. “The whole business of wine education is sadly wrong and does no service to consumers,” he says. “It’s group think. We really don’t know anything about consumers. The industry has its head up its anatomy.”

By January 10, 2018 0 Comments Read More →
Rosé Revealed: 9 Winemakers Share Their Styles & Approaches

Rosé Revealed: 9 Winemakers Share Their Styles & Approaches

Rosé is definitely the big buzz these days, with wine drinkers of all ages, and not just millennials (21 to 39) going crazy for rosés of all hues. Pantone’s 2016 color of the year was, unsurprisingly, Millennial Pink, and it is still showing up all over.

By September 11, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Increased Competition for Labor Leaves Wine Hanging

Increased Competition for Labor Leaves Wine Hanging

The numbers don’t lie: there has been a steady loss off immigrant labor back across the Mexican border for the past 10 years, and it’s creating a true brain drain.

By June 22, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Allies or Adversaries: The Wine & Weed Debate

Allies or Adversaries: The Wine & Weed Debate

Do you think that pot will take a huge bite out of wine sales or is this just a tempest in a teapot? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on which state you’re in, literally and figuratively.

By June 5, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Seismic Shift at Big Basin Vineyards: “At the Time, I Didn’t Get the Hype Around Burgundy”

Seismic Shift at Big Basin Vineyards: “At the Time, I Didn’t Get the Hype Around Burgundy”

by Laura Ness Owner/Winegrower Bradley Brown of Big Basin Vineyards has been on a long, tumultuous journey as a self-taught winemaker in the middle of an appellation best-known for its eccentric, self-made legends. In that, he has good company, to wit, David Bruce, Jeff Emery, Tony Craig, Jeffrey Patterson and Ryan Beauregard, to name a […]

By April 25, 2017 1 Comments Read More →