Daily Wine News: #NapaEarthquake

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A facility where the Matthiassons stored wine. (Courtesy: Matthiasson Wine.)

A facility where the Matthiassons stored wine. (Courtesy: Matthiasson Wine.)

The big wine news this weekend was the Sunday morning earthquake in American Canyon, just south of Napa. Check out reports from W. Blake GrayJon BonnéTom Wark, and S. Irene VirbilaThe Washington Post has more, including photos from social media. NBC’s Nightly News was also out in Napa. My thoughts are with everyone out in wine country.

200 years ago yesterday, the British burned down the White House – and destroyed President James Madison’s treasured wines.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre attends TexSom, which Peter Wasserman has called “the most important sommelier conference in the world.”

“Unlike with other kinds of forfeitures, such as cars that can be donated to a nonprofit or diamonds that can be sold with the money supporting law enforcement agencies, there is only one option with alcohol: destroying it.” Remember the Pennsylvania attorney who was arrested for selling wines to a small email list? The state wants to destroy his contraband.

“Step through the door and you’re instantly back in a California wine country free of pretense, one that winks at the charms of the past.” In the San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonné finds “Mendocino’s great strength.”

In the Wall Street Journal, Lettie Teague finds “The Elegant, Serious Side of Vinho Verde.”

Last week, Philippine de Rothschild, the owner of the legendary Château Mouton Rothschild, died. She was 80.

 

 

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