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.
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.”
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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