Mike Dunne thinks Zinfandel should be California’s official state wine in the Sacramento Bee. “Zinfandel is California in a bottle. Like a lot of Californians, it showed up here mysteriously, of uncertain origins, without respect, but flourished in the California sunshine and warmth, achieving authority and celebrity. Yes, like other Californians it can be quirky and unpredictable, but beyond that it stands for vitality and hope more than any other wine.”
In the Corkscrewer Report, Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara profile Gary Farrell Winery, and focus on how the winery has revitalized their brand after 30 years.
In Vinous, R.H. Drexel chats with winemaker Chris Bratcher, of Bratcher Vineyards, who severed his right arm above the wrist in a harvest accident in September 2014.
California vineyards were unable to deliver the numbers they usually do, largely the result of vines being destroyed from wildfires and smoke seeping into existing grapes, reports Joseph Mayton in the Guardian.
Mike Veseth, the wine economist, looks at how much the strong dollar has affected U.S. wine imports.
“Tourism based on South Africa’s wine industry has the potential to more than double in size in the next nine years,” according to Tshepiso Mokhema in Bloomberg.
Decanter interviews Somm: Into the Bottle director Jason Wise.