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Plenty of early Christmas cheer has been going around the local wine region. The leading wine publications of the world continue to release their best of 2013 lists, and once again, the greater Sacramento area has landed some recognition.

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The latest instances come via Wine Enthusiast , which recently published three different year-end lists, and all include some local flavor. These kudos follow Sacramento area wines represented in best-of 2013 lists from Wine Spectator and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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The most significant trend in the North Coast wine business this year and continuing into 2014 is the ongoing, pressing need for more vineyards.

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Related to that, a large number of serious buyers are chasing a small number of coveted wine properties, and that activity is putting pressure on values. Rising values can make wine on the shelf a more expensive proposition, opening the way for even more imported wine.

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Demand for vineyards is ” illustrated particularly by what is happening with wine companies looking outside California for vineyards,” Robert Nicholson, president of Healdsburg-based wine industry mergers and acquisitions specialists International Wine Associates.

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. Usually as we are enjoying a glass of a little-known Italian varietal at a family winery, where they have been producing wine for generations. Why don’t we we see these varietals back in the US? What makes California wines different than the wines we enjoy in Italy – is it the grapes? The production methods? The style of wines? The terroir? I recently had an opportunity to spend a few days cycling and wine tasting in California’s Napa Valley and surrounding wine counties – yes, this it what I do on vacation too. It had been years since I had been there, and revisiting the area after my years of immersion in the wines of Italy was quite interesting. With the help of my friends at Masciarelli Wine Company in Massachusetts, whose portfolio includes spectacular wines from both California and Italy, I was able to visit with a few unique California producers and learn firsthand about their wine production philosophy. I’ll be capturing my observations in my next few posts. The quick answer – as one would imagine, there are definite differences in the history and current wine production ‘culture’ between the two areas; each has their strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Both, I think, have spheres in which they excel, and both can produce amazing wines. There is also plenty of opportunities for each to learn from the other.

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, located in the Napa Valley town of Yountville. California’s wine industry began right here in 1838, when George Yount first planted grapes in this area. In Italy, many of the areas we visit have been producing wines for thousands of years, since the Romans first inhabited the area. So the California wine making tradition is considerably younger, and therefore much more homogeneous, than it’s Italian counterpart. We certainly see a much greater diversity of style and varietals in Italy.

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Anthony Bell is the founder of Bell Wine Cellars. Anthony is originally from the wine regions of South Africa, and arrived in Napa after stints working in Spain and France. He holds a viticulture degree from Stellenbosch University, and an enology degree from UC Davis. He then began a 15-year career at Beaulieu Vineyards, who specialize in Cabernet Sauvignon based wines.

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Napa-based  Duckhorn Wine Company  is suing Trinchero Family Estates over the latter’s recently introduced Duck Commander brand of wines, alleging that Duck Commander’s name and motif infringe on the Duckhorn trademark.

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In a copy of the complaint obtained by SND, Duckhorn says the lawsuit is intended to “prevent further confusion, dilution and reputational and other harm” to the company, which wants Trinchero to cease using the Duck Commander name and images and pay compensatory damages.

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SND exclusively reported the launch of the  Duck Commander  brand—a partnership between Trinchero and the Robertson family of the TV show Duck Dynasty—onOctober 30. The line includes Triple Threat Red Blend, Wood Duck Chardonnay and Miss Priss Pink Moscato, all retailing at $9.99 a bottle and being sold through Wal-Mart (which is also named as a defendant in the suit).

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Sparkling wine from Laetitia Vineyard & Winery Laetitia Vineyard & Winery in Arroyo Grande produces seven different kinds of sparkling wines.

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Imagine the pop of a flying cork followed by a foamy spray. Picture tiny bubbles flying up a flute. Savor the lively sensation of effervescence spreading across the tongue.

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“Sparkling wine is probably the most fun wine (since) it’s associated with parties,” said Lood Kotze, winemaker and vineyard manager at Cass Winery in Paso Robles. “It’s the only wine that can wake you up in the middle of the night.” Here on the Central Coast, a handful of wineries produce bubbly beverages perfect for a birthday, anniversary or New Year’s Eve bash.

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