Daily Wine News: The Petaluma Gap AVA

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-11-2017

(Souce: Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance)

(Souce: Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance)

The Petaluma Gap officially became California’s newest AVA on Friday, Dec. 8. In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley has the details, including why it comes a year after originally expected.

Meg Houston Maker provides an overview of the terroir of the Petaluma Gap, and considers the importance of its new AVA status. “Winegrowers here wanted to put something more specific than “Sonoma Coast” on their labels. They wanted their own identity.”

Stephanie Johnson explores Alto Piemonte in Wine & Spirits Magazine. “In the mid-1800s, at a time when the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco were in their nascent stages, Alto Piemonte’s wines were prized by nobles in Turin, Milan and beyond. That began to change with a series of misfortunes that hit the region…”

In the New York Times, Eric Asimov reflects on wines that resound in memory. “They stir emotions that forever link the wine and the occasion. They ought to be delicious, though not necessarily profound or brilliant.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Jim Gordon looks at how grapes like albariño, cinsault, kerner, grenache blanc, and teroldego are getting well-deserved attention in Lodi.

“Rupert Murdoch’s vineyard in the ritzy Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles suffered minor damages to its vines after a fire erupted nearby,” reports Christopher Palmeri in Bloomberg. “Murdoch, the billionaire who controls 21st Century Fox Inc., also lost some wine. No one was hurt.”

Jancis Robinson shares her recommendations for winter reds for the holiday season.

In the Washington Post, Dave McIntyre shares sparkling wine tips about what to look for and how to find great values.

Courtney Schiessl on sommelier-curated wine clubs in VinePair.

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