Toasting Oregon: Jackson Family Wines celebrates vineyardsStatesman JournalJackson Family Wines officials mingled with about 90 invited guests at a “Willamette Valley Welcome Party” Monday at the Northwest Viticulture Center in West Salem. The Sonoma County, Calif.-based company is best known for its Kendall-Jackson brand.
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SACRAMENTO -- There's no such thing as "normal" weather in California wine country, and vineyard operators say this year that truism could mean good news for wine lovers.
Sauvignon Blanc After cool temperatures slowed ripening and kept grapes on the vine until fall in recent years, growers in the nation's premier wine region are facing a heat wave that has made for one of the earliest harvests in recent memory.
Chenin Blanc "It has been a challenging year," said Michael Silacci, winemaker at Opus One in Napa Valley. "But it's shaping up to be an excellent year." Weather hasn't been this warm across the region since 1997, a year that produced a highly regarded vintage. If the heat continues as expected it could mean fruit-intensive wines from an early and abundant crop.
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As wine-producing regions in France, Spain and Italy shrink (shown in red), new areas may open up in northern lands (shown in blue).
Rosé . In the not too distant future, your favorite style of French wine may not come from its namesake region, or even from France at all. Climate change is altering growing conditions in wine-producing regions, and in coming decades it will change the wines produced in these regions — in some cases shifting northward the growth of grape varieties long associated with regions further south.
Sauvignon Blanc Climate change will produce winners and losers among wine-growing regions, and for every region it will result in changes to the alcohol, acid, sugar, tannins and color contained in each wine.
For good reason. In the 1960s, a handful of young vintners moved to the state, all passionate about wine and eager to be a part of something new. Within a decade, those who believed Oregon’s climate would be too cold and wet for grapes were proven wrong when a Pinot Noir from one of those trailblazers, David Lett, took home gold at the 1979 Wine Olympics in Paris.
Cabernet Shiraz Over the next 30 years, hundreds of winemakers set up shop in Oregon, eager to produce world-class Pinot Noir. Today, the state’s wine industry promotes itself with posters and other promotional items that say “Drink Pinot, Think Oregon.” But while Lett and other pioneers were focusing on Pinot Noir, a number of other vintners were giving it a go with Riesling. Indeed, about a quarter of Oregon’s vineyards were planted to Riesling in 1980. As Pinot Noir acreage exploded, however, Riesling became overshadowed.
Rosé Many consumers recoil at the sight of Riesling, as it’s still associated with the sweet, simple German wines of yesteryear, like Blue Nun. Wines like these are still produced and they’ll always have fans. But they do a disservice to true Riesling. It’s not by accident that Riesling has long been known as the “noblest of the noble grapes.” For one thing, Riesling is honest.
Shipping Wine To India Francois Pinault , owner of Chateau Latour in Bordeaux, hasacquired California’s Araujo Estate Wines along with itsflagship Eisele Vineyard.
Cabernet Shiraz Araujo has 162 acres (66 hectares) in the northern NapaValley, including Eisele, which produces Cabernet Sauvignon redwines, along with a winery and cellar complex. No purchase pricewas disclosed.
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