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  • November 28 update:We were back in Amador County for Thanksgiving.  (Puppy bonding took precedence over family this year, so we left the Bay Area to get away from everyone.)  While there we stayed at Rest, A Boutique Hotel. Rest is owned by Tracey and Mark Berkner, who met while working for Marriott.  He's a chef, but moved to the operational si... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101--See...


  • OT, Greg, whomever else--any backstory you can provide to fill in context?Calif ABC Handed Its Head In A Bag By Appeals Board Which Rips Agency and Rejects Its Winery-Bottlerock Tied-House Cases  Cute graphic illustrating the slippery slope concept: Read More

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  • So in my line of work--some of you know that I'm a criminal defense attorney in the Bay Area--we don't often cross paths with the winemakers of the bay area.  But every now and then a case shows up in court that involves the wine world.  Two have attracted my attention this month.  The first involves Donkey and Goat, a hip winery in Berkeley tha... Read More

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  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's amore."As we ate our breakfast on Sunday morning at the Imperial Hotel in Amador City, the soundtrack subtly changed.  Last night at dinner and halfway through breakfast, the soundtrack was from the same era, but Sam Cooke sent us, and Ray Charles warned us about women.  This morning, with... Read More

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  • Her name is Sparrow and her idea may be more than a lark. This past week Australia's ABC news network covered a new skin blender designed by the University of Tasmania's Dr. Angela Sparrow. The blender is used during wine processing and is intended to chop pinot skins fine enough to where they sink rather than float. “She says her trial is showi... Read More

    From the article Skin Deep: Australian Blender Boosts Wine Color Without the Fuss


  • Heavy frosts this past October took a bite out of this year's vintage of Australia's big-bodied shiraz.  “Grape growers in South Australia's Barossa Valley say they're expecting another light shiraz crop this vintage and it could put pressure on winemakers,” Australia Broadcasting Network reported this past week. The news outlet spoke with two l... Read More

    From the article Australian Shiraz In For A Light Vintage


  • An international crowd of 14,000 wine industry professionals converged at the 21st annual Unified Wine & Grape this past week in Sacramento, Calif., to explore a variety of issues concerning both the American and international wine markets. Informational sessions during the Jan. 26-28 conference covered for main topic areas, according to a press... Read More

    From the article Nearly 15,000 Attend Sacramento Symposium As Drought Fears Linger


  • The news out of the Bear of the East over the past few weeks has ranged from French rejection to Georgian ruble recognition to this past week's news that the country's falling currency is leading to marked increases in wine prices. According to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the currency situation in Russia is so dire that the Centra... Read More

    From the article Russia Says "Do Svidaniya" To Low Wine Prices


  • The Insignia was drinkable and fun.  Only b-i-l tried it with me.  Others oohed at the vintage date and moved on to their Various Chardonnays.  Once I saw the cork, I knew there was trouble.  The wine actually still had a bit of fruit, but it was pretty tart and a bit oxidized.  I diid drink a glass and a half, but it was going downhill fast.  S... Read More

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  • What's everyone opening?No cooking for me this year, but I'll be providing all the wines, probably 10-12 bottles. Have to make final cuts tonight but a couple bottles of Chardonnay, Beaujolais, and Pinot are in the mix.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Thanksgiving Wines


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