2015 was an particularly active year for sales of North Coast wineries and vineyards, amid the trend over the past few years for producers to lock in sources of choice grapes and production capacity.
Chenin Blanc E&J Gallo Winery has been an active buyer of North Coast wineries and vineyards this year. The Modesto-based world’s largest wine company in December said it is buying The Ranch Winery large custom-crush facility near St. Helena by year-end to boost Napa Valley high-end wine supply. Gallo bought the Asti winery and Souverain brand from Treasury Wine Estates in July, 258 acres of Pope Valley vineyards from Flora Spring in May, and J Vineyards & Winery near Healdsburg in March.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Jackson Family Wines in January purchased Siduri Wines, known for its single-vineyard pinot noir wines made from top California and Oregon grapes and produced in an unassuming northwest Santa Rosa industrial complex. The deal includes the Siduri brand and Rhone variety-focused second label Novy Family Wines along with inventory and related assets such as the winemaking facility at 981-E Airway Ct.
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Alejandro Orfila, 90, at his Orfila Vineyards and Winery, one of San Diego’s oldest and most established wineries.
Sauvignon Blanc Alejandro Orfila, 90, at his Orfila Vineyards and Winery, one of San Diego’s oldest and most established wineries.
Chenin Blanc Thirty-plus years after retiring from a lifelong career as a diplomat, Alejandro Orfila, 90, still exhibits the artful skill of discretion that undoubtedly served him so well all those years.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)
It's still pretty easy to track down delicious white wines from the Northwest that cost $15 or less.
Rosé Part of this is because white wine grapes cost less, but they also spend less time in the cellar before they head to store shelves. Here are 10 tasty and affordable white wines we've tasted in recent weeks that are easy on the wallet and fresh from the 2014 vintage.
Sauvignon Blanc Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue run Great Northwest Wine, an award-winning news and information company. Learn more about wine at www.greatnorthwestwine.com.
The holidays are upon us and as the year comes to an end here is a selection of wines worthy of gracing your table during this time of the year. All merit a seat at any holiday dinner. Representing a balance of many countries but most specifically the Americas.
Cabernet Shiraz . The Peter Zemmer 2014 Pinot Grigio has is a bit of effervescence but on the whole this wine from the Italian Alps is one of the better Pinot Grigios. There is a freshness and quality to this wine that is not typical of this varietal. Perhaps it is due to the elevation. Overall one finds lemon, lime, peach and pear on the palate.
Rosé 2014 is quite impressive. Rutini’s roots are in Italy but relocating to Mendoza Argentina the family became one of the forerunners in the wine industry after establishing the winery in 1885. With subtle nuances this wine is not overly citrusy or grassy like some of its competitors. This is partially due to the fact that the wine is aged in 50% new oak and 50% 2-3 years old oak barrels. This is not typical of Sauvignon Blanc as most are aged in stainless steel. The wine has crisp bright aromas that have mild hints of grass and flavors of peach, citrus and white flower. The oak imparts more viscosity, texture and depth into the wine. There is a quality very much in style like Viognier that makes this wine outstanding.
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