Daily Wine News: New AVAs

Posted by | Posted in Wine News | Posted on 12-16-2011

“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.”

Hardy Wallace offers a huge congratulations to Huge congrats to the crew at Shake Ridge Ranch for its mention in the newest Wine Spectator!

Tom Wark offers his thoughts on the “Wine Trends To Watch in 2012.”

In Palate Press, Evan Dawson writes about Nascetta, the “forgotten” grape of Piedmont. (H/T: Eric Asimov.)

In 5@5, some frequently asked wine questions.

Comments (1)

  1. Visited a couple of wineries in the new Seaview-Fort Ross AVA this summer and tasted through many others at West of West Wine Festival in August. The event sponsored by the West Sonoma Coast Vintners. I have to say the new AVA makes a lot of sense as Sonoma Coast AVA so large it’s nearly meaningless and wines from the “true” coast really distinguish themselves for style and flavor profiles. I’ll be looking for it on the label.