Some big news: “The Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission has voted to disband and will cease operations at the end of the month.” Tom Wark comments, pointing out that any alliance of growers and producers is bound to have tension.
Over at The Wine Case, some details on Canada’s efforts to liberalize the nation’s wine shipping laws.
“The debate over what constitutes excellence in California Pinot Noir has gone on for years… The dispute will never be resolved.” Fred Swan writes about a recent event celebrating “Pinot’s Diversity of Style.”
In WineReviewOnline, Tina Caputo chats with legendary winemaker Daryl Groom.
From the HoseMaster: “Poised to replace the much-reviled Austrian wine Grüner Veltliner, the wines of the Jura are the current darling of sommeliers eager to impress their peers with their knowledge of obscure wines consumers have no desire to taste.”
Crushpad predicts that Zinfandel will soon be the “Golden Child of California grapes.”
Robert Parker recently ate his way through San Francisco. The Chronicle has the details.
Wine Spectator reports that “later this month, Napa Valley Cabernet icon Fred Schrader of Schrader Cellars will be taking his Aston Martin GT4 to France to compete… in the premiere running of a marquee 1-hour, two-driver Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans.”