Daily Wine News: Napa’s Past & Future

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 07-27-2022

Castello di Amorosa in Napa Valley.

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Esther Mobley highlights eight power players reshaping the future of Napa Valley wine.

The San Francisco Chronicle also explores Napa’s “Disneyland” wineries—Castello di Amorosa, Del Dotto, Hall and Raymond—and takes a closer look at what makes them so popular with some people and so cringeworthy for others.

In Wine-Searcher, W. Blake Gray participates in a class of ’72 tasting of California greats. “The year 1972 was huge for California wine. At least eight wineries opened in Napa Valley alone – almost as many as in the previous decade. It was an era for dreamers; also, prime agricultural land was affordable…Six wineries from the class took part [in the tasting]: Chateau Montelena, Burgess Cellars, Diamond Creek Vineyards and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars from Napa Valley with Jordan Vineyard and Dry Creek Vineyard from Sonoma County.”

In Wine Enthusiast, Kerin O’Keefe explores Piedmont reds that aren’t Nebbiolo. “Made with indigenous grapes Ruchè, Pelaverga, Freisa, Grignolino and Vespolina, a few of these lithe reds have genetic relationships with noble Nebbiolo. While they share spicy sensations, they also boast their own distinct aromas, flavors and histories.”

In SevenFifty Daily, Jacopo Mazzeo delves into the science behind non-alcoholic beer and wine production.

In the New York Times, Florence Fabricant highlights Lautus, a line of dealcoholized wines from South Africa.

Treasury Wine Estates has expanded its footprint in the Yarra Valley in Australia by purchasing the 55-hectare Beenak Vineyard from Accolade in a deal worth AU$7 million, reports Decanter.

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