Earthquake Rattles Napa Harvest

    This morning shortly after 3:00 AM Pacific Time, the strongest earthquake to hit Northern California since the devastating 1989 Loma Prieta quake struck in American Canyon, just south of Napa. Latest measurements are somewhere between 6.0 and 6.1 on the Richter scale.

    20 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    NIMBY Versus Vineyard in Malibu

    Welcome to America's newest wine appellation, the Malibu coast. Just don't plant anything, especially not grapes. Only a matter of weeks after its approval by the federal government, the country's newest AVA may be the subject of local legislation that will not only prevent further vineyard planting in the area, but may also force some vineyards to be ripped out.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Vinography Images: Precious Droplets

    Precious Droplets Water beads on the tips of a freshly unfurled grape leaf in Sonoma County. As the 2014 harvest gets underway in the midst of a record drought, water continues to be a topic of serious conversation.

    6 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    MORIC: The Apogee of Blaufränkisch

    "I am hardcore," says Roland Velich, describing his winemaking while lounging in the mid-century modern comfort of his living room, where the decor, the casual angle of his body and the informality of this tasting seem to belie this claim.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend: August 29-21, Healdsburg, CA

    Most people, when they come visit me in San Francisco and ask to be taken to wine country, assume that they're going to Napa. But at least half the time, that's definitely not where we end up. My well meaning friends aren't the only ones who seem to forget that Northern California has many different "wine countries." Napa casts a long shadow, as it were.

    3 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    The (Still) Dismal State of California Chardonnay

    It is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. In 2013, California celebrated its largest grape harvest in history, with just shy of 4.7 million tonnes crushed according to official government statistics. Chardonnay, still reigning supreme as the single most popular grape variety grown in the state, made up a full 16.

    8 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    What a Way to Go: Wine At the End of Your Life

    At lunch the other day, my companion shared the wonderfully poignant story of his aging father, the man who inspired his lifelong love of wine. He related how, as his father approached his final days, he would ask his son to "go to the cellar and get something good.

    4 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Vinography Images: Into the Tank

    Into the Tank Grapes are dumped into the destemmer on the way to the tank in this harvest photo from Sonoma County. Harvest is well underway throughout Northern California, one to five weeks earlier than usual, according to most reports.

    2 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Vinography Images: Along the Row

    Along the Row A row of vines takes on Fall colors under the bright sun in Sonoma County. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac users can also just click the image to open the full size view and drag that to their desktops.

    17 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Coastal Diamonds: The Rieslings of Oregon

    About every two years, I get an invite to attend the International Pinot Noir Celebration in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The event continues to be one of the best run and highest quality wine events in the country, with a fantastic combination of excellent wine and equally fantastic food. More about Pinot Noir in a day or two.

    18 readers - By Vinography: A Wine Blog

    Vinography Images: The Red Window

    The Red Window The last light of sunset fades to a deep red as light streams from a window at Jordan Winery in Sonoma's Alexander Valley. INSTRUCTIONS: Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting "save link as" or "save target as" and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image.

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