“Just in time for the holidays, two prominent and long-sought California wine appellations, Coombsville and Fort Ross-Seaview, were approved Wednesday by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). The Naches Heights American Viticultural Area (AVA) outside Yakima, Wash., was also approved.” Jon Bonné has the details. (If you’re interested, there’s even more details on Coombsville in the Napa Valley Register.)
In the New York Times, a wonderful obituary of wine writer Robert Lawrence Balzer.
Increasingly, Joe Roberts is “running into Aussie wines that are anything but plonk, and are a far cry from charmless saccharine plum-sauce.”
Tom Wark offers his thoughts on the “Wine Trends To Watch in 2012.”
In 5@5, some frequently asked wine questions.