Daily Wine News: Petite Sirah

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 03-27-2012

Louis Foppiano.

Louis J. Foppiano, who managed Sonoma’s oldest family-run winery, Foppiano Vineyards, for much of its 116 years, died March 23 at the age of 101.” Foppiano bottled one of the first solo bottlings of Petite Sirah in California and helped popularize the varietal.

In his latest column, Jon Bonné praises the “Bay Area’s incredible shrinking wine lists.”

“Continuum seems to be precisely what Tim wanted all along — the realization of his father’s dream, which the family almost lost sight of along the way, to create a Napa Valley red that could stand alongside the best of the Old World.” In the Wall Street Journal, a wonderful profile of Tim Mondavi and the wines of Continuum.

Elsewhere, Will Lyons catches up with Sideways author Rex Pickett.

In the Financial Times, Jancis Robinson contends that “Australian ‘stickies’ are some of the most extraordinary wines in the world.”

Annette Badenhorst, the former European marketing manager for Wines of South Africa, has opened up a U.S. office. Winebusiness.com sits down with Badenhorst to chat about her priorities for the year.

In Bloomberg, John Mariani explores “just how different Chianti is today from what it was when the name was first protected in 1716.”

Comments (1)

  1. David,

    Thank you for your mention of Lou’s passing. He led a long, glorious life and all the well wishes have comforted the family in this hour of loss.

    Thanks to you and all of the wine press for the positive thoughts.

    Taylor Eason
    VP of Marketing, Foppiano Vineyards