A young Bulmaro Montes leaves Mexico at the age of 17, his dreams of college dashed by a strike at the university in Mexico City. He makes the long journey to join his father and two older brothers in Napa and starts the much longer journey through the vineyards and wineries to where he stands today: Montes is owner, wine grower, nurturer of a very small production of world-class cabernet.
Cabernet Shiraz India But this is also the story of a family, of a young woman who stopped her father from throwing out three barrels of incredible wine (“Wait! This is good!”).
Rosé India That young woman was Montes’ daughter, and when she said this to him, he gave in. “Okay,” he told her, “but it’s your responsibility.” When Bulmaro Montes came to California in May 1966, with a green card and dashed university dreams, he found his father and brothers working the famed “Rutherford dirt” vineyards, where rows upon never-ending rows of physical labor greeted him.
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By Blake Guthrie In the early 1980s, an article about wineries in Georgia could have included all of them, as there were only a handful. Today there are nearly 50 farm and commercial wineries and vineyards in the state, the majority of them located in North Georgia. This explosion in Georgia wine production owes a lot to the success of Habersham Vineyards & Winery in Helen, The Georgia Winery in Ringgold and Chateau Elan Winery in Braselton. Traditionally, wine making in Georgia focused on sweet muscadine and other fruit wines, but in the 1970s these pioneers began planting vineyards in the northern hilly regions of the state that yielded more European-style winegrapes from the soil. It isn't Napa, Sonoma or the Rhone Valley, and the area doesn't pretend to be, but this region of Georgia is coming of age as a serious producer of fine wines. Tours and tastings are offered at plenty of operations, most of them located down winding country backroads. Dahlonega sits at the heart of North Georgia's wine country and two local wineries are hosting wine festivals in June.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) The 10th Annual Georgia Wine Country Festival takes place at Three Sisters Vineyards, named after nearby Three Sisters Mountain which provides a scenic backdrop to the grounds. The festival at this 184-acre family-run farm winery has become so popular that it is expanding from one to three weekends this year. Wines from multiple area wineries will be available for tasting in the Wine Garden section of the fest for $20; general admission to the rest of the festival is free. Bottles and wine by the glass will be available. This year's festival will feature folk, bluegrass and acoustic artists including Route 66 (June 4-5), The Mossy Creek Gypsies (June 11-12) and Erik Brace and Peter Cooper (June 18). Farm exhibits, folk art, and food vendors will also be a part of this family-friendly event. Hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. -- 6 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. -- 6 p.m.
Cabernet Shiraz India Three Sisters Vineyards. 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega (call or check the website for specific directions; don't use aGPS or online map services because they will lead you astray in this mountainous region). 706-865-9463, www.threesistersvineyards.com.
WOODSIDE -- The buds are bursting open and leaves are forming on the pinot noir vines at Kings Mountain Vineyard at the base of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Chenin Blanc Grape grower Alec Hutchison, who stands 6-foot-9 and is built like an NBA power forward, made the bold move in 2009 of grafting the vineyard -- he switched out the cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay grapes, making everything in the vineyard pinot noir.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) The shift spawned the biggest harvest in years last fall, and this year's yield could be bigger.
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Delaney Vineyards & Winery secures both ?Most Outstanding? honors from Grapevine Wine Tours guests in the first quarter of 2011.
Sauvignon Blanc PR.com )-- In its closest voting to date, guests of the Grapevine Wine Tours have named Delaney Vineyards the “Most Outstanding Winery” in Grapevine. In fact, Delaney swept both award categories during the first quarter of 2011.
Chenin Blanc Grapevine Wine Tours launched to glowing reviews in July 2010. The tours have been extremely popular with out-of-town visitors and locals alike.
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Bill Foley, president and CEO of Foley Family Wines, discusses his expansion plans during a panel discussion Thursday at the North Bay Business Journal's annual Wine Industry Conference in Santa Rosa.
Rosé Five of the most likely buyers of California's premier wine brands gathered in Santa Rosa on Thursday to discuss the future of the industry.
Sauvignon Blanc They sat on a podium in a hotel ballroom like prize fighters before the championship fight, all five of them answering questions and explaining how they plan to conquer a slice of the wine industry.
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