Californian trend for ‘terroir-driven’ wine grows

26th March, 2015 by Marisa D'Vari

“California cult wines are so hot right now!” exclaimed Michael Madrigale, head sommelier at Bar Boulud – a rather fashionable cornerstone of Chef Daniel Boulud’s collections of restaurants.

Though California Cabernets have always had a place on the book-sized wine lists of top Manhattan restaurants, Madrigale recently showcased the diversity of Napa Valley wines to his sommelier peers in an afternoon tutored tasting featuring three of the most celebrated women from Napa, winemakers Cathy Corison of Corison Winery, Rosemary Cakebread of Gallica, and Emma Swain, CEO of St Supery.

“What sommeliers need to know now is that there is a new style to California wines,” Madrigal said. “They have more finesse and elegance. The trend is for the terroir to speak for itself.”

At a barrel tasting….

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