Daily Wine News: California Calling

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An exciting $10 bottle of California wine? San Francisco Chronicle columnist Esther Mobley highlights a selection of Kitson wines, from East Bay vintners Brad and Svetlana Kitson. “It sounds too good to be true, but Brad Kitson says he simply sees the math a little differently than some of his peers. By keeping production costs low, foregoing a brick-and-mortar tasting room and doing all of the distribution themselves, he and Svetlana are able to sell their wines at shockingly reasonable prices and still eke out a little profit.”

Napa Valley Vintners has pledged $1 million to increase diversity in the wine industry.

In the Washington Post, Brooke Van Dam and Steve Johnson report on how Sonoma’s wineries have embraced online sales and budget pricing to woo drinkers during the pandemic.

In Meininger’s, Robert Joseph now embraces wine typicity. “To print an appellation or grape variety on a label is to make a promise to a potential buyer; an undertaking to deliver a flavour and style they have good reason to expect… I love atypical, innovative wines, but I don’t like giving surprises to people who aren’t looking for them.”

Gonzaga University Wine Institute announced the launch of its wine certificate program.

Eric Guido explores Italian Verdicchio in Vinous. “The fact is, it may be the most versatile of all of Italy’s white grapes.”

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray reports on the U.S. wine market and what consumers are embracing now.

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