Daily Wine News: Vintage Port

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 05-10-2011

This April in Douro, the Fladgate Partnership, which owns Croft, Fonseca and Taylor’s port houses, declared 2009 a vintage year. Meanwhile, Symington family estates, which owns Cockburn’s, Dow’s, Graham’s and Warre’s, has not declared the vintage. Will Lyons tastes and reports.

Chappellet, the family owned winery in Napa that has been producing Pritchard Hill Cabernet Sauvignon since 1967, has purchased Sonoma-Loeb, a Sonoma-based Chardonnay and Pinot Noir house.

Donald Hess, founder of the Hess Collection, has announced his retirement after more than 50 years at the helm of his family’s portfolio. The Hess Collection’s seven wineries – HessArtezinSequanaPeter LehmannGlen CarlouColomé, and Brancaia — span four continents.

Dr. Vino brings the world’s attention to winehoarder.com, a new site that helps consumers keep up with all the wine flash sale websites. If this site succeeds, I’ll be pumped.

On Friday, the James Beard Foundation honoredRuth Bourdain” — the made-up mash-up of culinary icons Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain — with its first ever award for humor writing. Is Bobby Parkerchuk next?!

“HR 1161 is bad for consumer choice, bad for the nation’s 7,000 wineries and thousands of retailers. It’s also bad for breweries and distilleries. Please convey your opposition to your US congressional representatives today.” Bonnie Lewis, in the Tucson Citizen. Amen.

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