Mark Beringer has been appointed chief winemaker of Beringer Vineyards in California’s Napa Valley, the winery founded by his great-great-grandfather in 1876.
As a trend for terroir-driven wines with more “finesse and elegance” continues, a new style of Californian wine is emerging, says one head sommelier.
California may no longer be trying to ape Burgundy’s style, but there is a growing belief that producers must recreate the smaller-scale structure of the Côte d’Or to reach the same quality heights.
E&J Gallo has acquired Sonoma-based sparkling wine producer J Vineyards & Winery for an undisclosed sum.
The high prices set by famous wine estates is shutting people out of the market and creating a “caste system of wine”, according to Robert Parker, who also admitted that he “is part of the problem”.
Several leading Californian wineries have been named in a lawsuit that alleges their wines contain “extremely elevated” levels of arsenic but producers are calling foul.
Californian winemakers may be attempting to emulate the quality of Europe’s great wines, but not the flavours, stressed Mark de Vere MW at a tasting in London this week.
The quality of the skins is the determining factor as to whether a red wine will be good or not according to the chief winemaker of Silver Oak in California.
The ‘Sideways effect’ is being reversed and consumers are starting to fall back in love with Merlot according to one of California’s top producers.
These wineries provide a good cross-section of Paso Robles at its best – garagiste and estate, established and new, affordable to very expensive.
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