Zinfandel grapes grow in a Napa Valley, California vineyard that supplies grapes to Frank Family Vineyards October 8, 2011.
Wine Testing Tour NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rain, cold and mold are threatening this year's California wine harvest prompting one vintner to call in a helicopter to fight Mother Nature.
Wine Testing Tour India "We're about three weeks late. The whole state is late," said Chuck Wagner, the owner of Caymus Vineyards, the iconic Napa winery. "Cabernet Sauvignon was definitely affected," he said of the popular varietal.
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With a staggering collection of 20 medals spread across virtually every category, Mission Hill Family Estate reigned supreme at this year’s InterVin International Wine Awards competition.
White Wine In India The Okanagan Valley producer’s award-winners represent most grape varieties and quality levels of their portfolio, with significant awards being earned by top-tier luxury wines and value labels alike.
Wine Testing Tour That across-the-board success is of crucial importance to Mission Hill’s proprietor, Anthony von Mandl, who got his start in wine as a 22-year-old apprentice at a winery in Germany. His love of the industry led him to establish Mark Anthony Wine Merchants before purchasing a winery of his own.
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Collin Cranor, the winemaker at Nottingham Cellars in Livermore, has a confession: Five years ago wines came in just two flavors to him. Red and white.
White Wine India "To be honest, if you put them side by side, I probably couldn't tell the difference between a cabernet and a merlot," he said.
White Wine In India Now 25, Cranor has become completely engrossed in the winemaking process. From the grapes coming off the vines to the wine poured at a tasting, he influences the entire process.
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It’s been more than ten years since Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery winemaker Bill Russell entered one of his creations in a tasting contest but he decided to so recently because he knew the fortified chardonnay he named “Grace” was special.
Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) Tasters at the Beverage Tasting Institute thought so too and awarded the 2003 vintage a gold medal.
White Wine India The fortified wine was made by distilling some chardonnay at a friend’s distillery in Nantucket and mixing that product — that then has an alcohol content of 85 to 90 percent — with some more chardonnay. “It’s juice that has 19 percent alcohol in it,” said Russell, who then put that mixture in barrels for seven years.
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By Nichola Saminather Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Ferngrove winery, which grows Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Semillon grapes in Western Australia’s Frankland River, last year faced declining sales and the prospect of breakup if business didn’t recover.
Indian Chenin Blanc As it sought partners, a Chinese investor visited last October and bought 14,000 bottles of wine to test on friends and associates back home, said Ferngrove Managing Director Anthony Wilkes. They liked what they tasted: in February, the winery received a A$1 million ($1 million) investment from the investor’s private firm, which has since increased to A$10 million giving it about 60 percent of the winery, Wilkes said.
Indian Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) “If they hadn’t come in, the business would potentially have been sold, or parts of it been divested,” Wilkes said. “At the end of the day, we looked at what the alternatives were and this was definitely the best outcome.” Australian vineyards such as Ferngrove, facing a wine glut, slumping exports and rising competition from countries including Chile and Argentina, are turning to China for salvation. Chinese buyers are proving receptive as they seek to meet surging demand among the nation’s rich, who are developing a taste for grape wine and the expression of wealth it conveys.
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