I was recently invited to a tasting of wines from Arizona winery Aridus Wine Company at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Prior to the tasting, my knowledge of Aridus' wines in particular, or Arizona wine in general, wouldn't fill a wine glass . . . or even a shot glass. I was intrigued to find … Continue reading New galaxies in the U.S. wine universe
I was recently invited to an exclusive industry event at Rombauer Vineyards on Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Among wine experts and casual wine drinkers alike, Rombauer is considered to be the quintessential producer of "California-style" Chardonnay. While "French-style" Chard is typically crisp, citrus-flavored, lighter colored, and more acidic, California Chardonnay has deeper golden color, … Continue reading Rombauer: Much more than buttery Chardonnay
Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi produces wine exclusively from Spanish grape varietals.
In our recent inaugural visit to Lodi we had the good fortune to meet one of the most unusual characters in that emerging region: Markus Niggli. Come to think of it, he would be one of the most unusual characters in any wine region. A native of Switzerland, Markus has worked in vineyards and wineries around … Continue reading Great Wines of Lodi, Part II: Markus Wine Co.
At first blush, "acquiesce" would seem to be a peculiar choice for the name of a winery. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the verb "acquiesce" means: "accept something reluctantly but without protest." Sue Tipton is the owner and winemaker of Acquiesce Winery in Lodi, California, a wine region whose most commonly planted varietal is … Continue reading Great Lodi Wines, Part I: Acquiesce Winery