Vintage 2014, and California declares war on small wineries

    … acids, but that can be corrected in the winery. On the other hand, others remarked about high acidity, which also can be corrected, partially, through the malolactic fermentation. The exceptional drought has resulted in small berries but that should make for intense flavors. Potential problems? Smoke taint tops the list. The Sierra Foothills have…

    4 readers - By STEVE HEIMOFF

    Get Ready for the Wine Industry Financial Symposium

    … of the symposium is “Let the Good Times Roll,” which will strike some as a bit off-key since the California headlines this year have been dominated by bad news — first drought and then the recent Napa earthquake. The program (see below) doesn’t sidestep the challenges, but seeks to put them into the context of a rising tide in the U.S. market…

    6 readers - By The Wine Economist

    Fire on the Mountain

    … the occasional off-roader. Couple 100 degree heat with bone dry, late summer chaparral, then throw in some ongoing drought condition, and you've got a recipe for a flash fire. As Always, TWC…

    4 readers - By The Wine Commonsewer