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Phoenix Vineyards 1997 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Phoenix Vineyards 1997 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Phoenix Vineyards 1997 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon ($37)–We found this wine stashed away in the back of our cellar and decided to liberate it. Sure glad we did! This is the debut Estate Cab from Phoenix (the winery has only 3.6 vineyard acres devoted to the […]

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Cakebread Cellars and De Loach

Vineyards moving ahead: Cakebread Cellars and De Loach Jean Deitch Sexton What do you do when your winery has reached its silver anniversary and you’re wondering how to keep the momentum of success going? Jack Cakebread and Cecil De Loach, spirited competitors on either side of the Napa-Sonoma county line, aren’t spending a lot of […]

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Capay Valley is now AVA – News Briefs: Government – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

Capay Valley is now AVA – News Briefs: Government – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms – Brief Article The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) has established a new AVA in Northern California. Capay Valley AVA encompasses approximately 150 square miles (about 102,400 acres) in northwestern Yolo county, bordering Napa, Lake and Colusa […]

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Vineyard development: what’s the cost?

Vineyard development: what’s the cost? – includes related articles Larry Walker Because of the ravages of phylloxera and the development of new growing areas, California is in the midst of a major vineyard development period. In other parts of the country, such as New York State and Washington State, new vineyards also are being developed […]

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Mark Newman joined Bercut-Vandervoorts & Co – vice-president/national sales manager

Mark Newman joined Bercut-Vandervoorts & Co – vice-president/national sales manager – Brief Article He is vice president/national sales manager; previously, he was president of Schallert Wine Co., part of Bohemian Distributing Co. Other affiliations include Nicolas wines from France and Erich Preiss, an import and wholesale firm. COPYRIGHT 1991 Hiaring Company COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group

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The Sobons to reopen historic D’Agostini winery in Amador County

The Sobons to reopen historic D’Agostini winery in Amador County – Lee and Shirley Sobon and also includes related article on pricing wines One of the oldest wineries in California reopened under a new name, with new owners. Lee and Shirley Sobon have made a success of their Shenandoah Vineyards label of Amador County and […]

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Going wild: wild yeast in winemaking

Going wild: wild yeast in winemaking Jordan P. Ross Alan Tenscher, senior winemaker at Franciscan Vineyards, comments: “I see a trend toward a more natural way of making wine which starts in the vineyard with organic grape-growing and extends to minimal handling of the wine. The use of wild yeast, from one perspective, puts one […]

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Export boom – wine

Export boom – wine – Statistical Data Included Larry Walker US. wine exports grew 3% in volume to 80 million gallons in 2001 and declined 1% in value to $541 million in revenues to U.S. wineries compared to the previous year, according to the Wine Institute, (W.I.) using data from the U.S. Department of Commerce […]

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Why are wine ads so boring? – Opinion Analysis

Why are wine ads so boring? – Opinion Analysis – Industry Overview Tina Caputo U.S. wineries spent more than $120 million on advertising in 2002, placing wine in 186th place in terms of ad spending, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Dozens of wineries ran print ads in national magazines, broadcast messages […]

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Susie Maddux

Susie Maddux – tasting room manager for Quivira Vineyards Larry Walker Susie Maddux spent 17 years in the fast lane. She spent 50 miles a day on Los Angeles freeways, commuting from her home in Santa Monica to work in television production, including script supervisor for shows featuring the likes of Dolly Parton, Frank Sinatra […]