Daily Wine News: Pinot Noir Acquisitions

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-04-2011

Wine Spectator reports that “two of Sonoma County’s best-known producers—Buena Vista and Gary Farrell Winery—have new owners, thanks to the financially troubled Ascentia Wine Estates’ efforts to thin out its portfolio of wineries.” Buena Vista has been purchased by Burgundy wine giant Boisset Family Estates, and Gary Farrell has been acquired by Sonoma-based Vincraft Group. Vincraft’s only other holding, of course, is cult Pinot Noir producer Kosta Browne.

“Don’t let wholesalers or politicians tell you what wine you can drink. There’s time to defeat H.R. 1161.” So concludes Tom Wark in an excellent piece in Zester Daily.

“Are women better tasters than men?” And are “Asians better tasters than westerners?” Jeannie Cho Lee, MW, explores the former and avoids the latter in her latest column for the South China Morning Post.

In Palate Press, Lenn Thompson brings attention to nine New York wineries worth watching. As the executive editor of The New York Cork Report, he should know.

Matt Kramer’s latest column is pretty thought provoking. If you’re trying to “really learn about wine,” Kramer thinks you should “settle down” and “focus your wine interest.”

In the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Peg Melnik pens a great profile of Morgan Twain Peterson of Bedrock Wine Company.

Last week, Lettie Teague wrote a nice profile of Chateau Trotanoy and its owner, Christian Moueix. Eric Asimov must have been at that same tasting. Asimov provides more details on his blog.

Pennsylvania sold more than $1 billion in booze last year. It’s numbers like these that’ll make liberalizing control states like Pennsylvania extremely difficult.

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Comments (2)

  1. Gary Farrell (the actual person, not the label) started a great new project in the Russian River Valley after he moved on from his namesake label. Alysian wines are beautiful, but I haven’t seen anyone writing about them. And it’s very tough to find in the Chicago area, other than Internet purchase. If you can get it, I encourage you to sip it.

  2. [...] week, we reported on the news that Gary Farrell has been acquired by Sonoma-based Vincraft Group, the owner of cult [...]