Grape

    Napa harvest: Coombsville fruit showing unique characteristics

    …/ September 13, 2014 / TrevR / Harvest 2014 Napa harvest: Coombsville fruit showing unique characteristics Earlier this summer we told you about St. Helena’s Cairdean Estate from proprietors Edwin and Stacia Williams. We recently caught up with Edwin to get a general update on harvest and a few specific details on the Acquaintance Vineyard located…

    5 readers - By The Cork Board

    Horse Heaven Hills Vineyards Tour

    … it. Or have grapes from the region represented in the bottles resting in your wine cellar. Let’s dive in! My journey started out at Coyote Canyon Vineyards, which was cool because the night before I enjoyed a bottle of Albariño from Coyote Canyon Winery. This Spanish white wine grape continues to impress me in versions from Washington (and Oregon). One…

    4 readers - By Jameson Fink/ Jameson Fink

    Review of Becker Vineyards Reserve Merlot 2012

    …. With the Portuguese cork yanked from its nook, the bouquet already begins to come alive. To the eyes, striking colors of garnet with an orange hue overtake the glass. The aromatics once gently swirled are potent and prompt images of fresh vanilla, crispy toast, candied cherries, raspberries, and some fig. There are also prominent notes of saddle leather and cigar…

    2 readers - By Jeremy Wilson/ Texas Wine Lover

    Meeting Joan Kautz of Ironstone Vineyards in the Sierra Foothills

    … pairing events, cooking classes) as well as high end concerts with brand name stars. When the sweet cherry market tanked, Joan's father first planted grapes in 1968, skipping over the then popular Mission and Barbera grapes and going for Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, now offering Chardonnay and Zinfandel as well as Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah…

    1 readers - By Marisa D'vari/ A Wine Story

    Underrated Spain: Meseta Central Wine Region

    …. The exceptional whites of the area tend to be oak aged with nutty and creamy notes of apricots and peaches. The Wines of Central Spain Nearly all of the top quality wines in the area have adopted the use of blending French varieties, such as Syrah, Cabernet and Petit Verdot, with the local grapes of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Bobal. Tempranillo: Once…

    7 readers - By Madeline Puckette/ Wine Folly

    Italy winemakers braced for tough 2014 harvest

    … grape harvest since 1950, with total production from the 2014 vintage forecast at 41m hectolitres, according to the country's Coldiretti farmers' union. Non-stop rain through much of August has hampered grape ripening and is likely to lead to higher wastage in the vineyards. But, it remains early days and several winemakers who attended Decanter's…

    9 readers - By Decanter

    2012 Herman J Wiemer Cab Franc

    … displays some lingering black berries some tannins and some acidity. This is a lovely cab franc. I would give it an 89 or so. $21.85 at the winery, not in the LCBO. From the winery’s web site: Cabernet Franc 2012 Cabernet Franc is quickly gaining a reputation as a star in the Finger Lakes. This grape is ideally suited for cool climate growing and produces…

    4 readers - By John Galea/ Canadian Wine Guy

    Pinot in the City returns this week to Seattle

    …SEATTLE – Not a lot of Pinot Noir is made in Washington, and what is has a difficult time comparing itself with Oregon’s signature red wine grape. So Pinot Noir lovers will be rejoicing this week as Pinot in the City returns to Seattle. Some 60 Willamette Valley wineries will head north of the Columbia River for a trade and consumer tasting…

    10 readers - By Andy Perdue/ Great Northwest Wine