Curated articles on California wine by popular UK wine writers and wine personalities from around the world.
Alexander Valley AVA: Prunes to premium winegrowing in six short decades
The history of the Alexander Valley AVA from prune production in the 1880's to premium wine production.
Anthony Rose shares his first of a two part feature on the Sparkling Wine Category in California. This first piece examines the history of sparkling wine in the region and how far it has come. In a second feature Anthony will explore the perceptions of the sparkling wine category in California.
Club Oenologique article - Collectible California: The wines you need to know
Author Giles Cooper recommends the 'must-have' wines from California.
Duckhorn Wines with winemaker Renee Ary
A tasting and interview with Duckhorns Winemaker Renee Ary and a lookback through this iconic winery's history
A Conversation about the journey Of California wine in the UK with two of its main Importers, James Hocking & Rory Benham.
Shane talks to Rory and James about their journey into wine and the where, when and how California wines have become such a serious contender on the UK retail shelves and restaurant wine lists.
Santa Cruz Mountains AVA: fortune, struggle, and myriad microclimates
This article looks at the history of the Santa Cruz region and how it came to receive AVA status and world recognition. It also examines the regions topography and climate.
wine-searcher news article: California's Grand Cru Vineyards Emerge
An informal Grand Cru is emerging in California, and it is at once as dead-serious and casual as the ambition and culture that defines the Golden State's mysterious and magnetic modus operandi.
California Stars - My Full Circle Journey & Perspective On The Wines Of California
Shane McHugh, Wine Buyer and Head Sommelier for the Goodman Group, shares his story about how he fell into, and in love with, the world of wine and particularly California wines. He looks back at the wine 'Stars' and personalities he has met along the way and that continue to fuel his passion for this wonderful region.
Californian wine: a rich mosaic of climate, geography, varieties and more - article by Joshua Dunning
Joshua takes readers on an introductory tour through California, starting with an interesting insight into California’s early founding and popularity before looking at its main wine-growing regions - examining climate, history and geography.
Wednesday Wines with Matthew Jukes - A Host of Californian Superstars! - Episode 57, 28th April 2021
Renowned wine critic Matthew Jukes recommends a 'Baker's Dozen of Californian Beauties' following the 'Essential California At Home' tasting which took place in March 2021.
A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID RAMEY
David Ramey is one of California’s iconic winemakers. He’s been a guiding hand for some of the state’s best known labels, including Simi, Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus and Dunn, and he’s worked vintages in Bordeaux with the famous proprietor Christian Moueix (Chateau Petrus, Trotanoy, etc.)
10 Best California Zinfandel you need to have on your buying list
In these days of the much-maligned and often meaningless term ‘old vines’ the Zinfandel of California can come from plants of over 100 years old
California: Planning a better planet
With California standing tall as a global leader in sustainability, Andrew Catchpole joined a forum in Napa to discuss the complexities of communicating this multi-faceted concept
Classic Chardonnay and Cabernet can be keenly priced
Large and small producers alike are creating wines that capture the essence of California without straining the pockets of consumers.
Chardonnay in California
‘What does it mean to make distinctively Californian Chardonnay?’ That was the question posed by Elaine Brown’s compelling recent tasting for the California Wine Institute.
Sustainability: A transatlantic Conversation with California Wines By Andrew Catchpole
Harpers and California Wine Institute hosted an insightful and far-reaching seminar at London’s Design Museum, delivering the core message that the wine world is well-placed to better engage consumers in supporting the true costs of advancing sustainability. Andrew Catchpole reports
CALIFORNIA PINOT NOIR
It’s more than 20 years since Marq De Villiers published The Heartbreak Grape: A California Winemaker’s Search for the Perfect Pinot Noir about Josh Jensen of Calera’s obsession with making a West Coast red that could bear comparison with the best Burgundies.
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