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Sonoma Chardonnay Vintage Charts

Sonoma Chardonnay    
2009 89 D
2008 94 D/H
2007 92

Sonoma Cabernet Vintage Chart

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Q&A with Duckhorn Wine Company's Migration Winemaker, Neil Bernardi

IntoWine recently caught up with Duckhorn Wine Company's Migration winemaker, Neil Bernardi to discuss wine making and his thoughts on current trends in the wine industry.

What prompted you to pursue winemaking as a career? 

I got into winemaking very early, almost out of sheer luck.  I attended UC Davis intending to study Italian, without any knowledge of its reputation in the wine industry.  On the first day of freshman orientation, I was walking through the halls of the Winkler Building, which I would come to know and love, and met Jim Wolpert, then chair of the Viticulture and Enology department.  I must have looked lost because he struck up a conversation, and suggested I take a look at studying wine.  I was intrigued, and was impressed by the major’s field of study.  I was attracted to the diverse and extensive coursework, including plant biology, fermentation science, microbiology, physics, economics, business, and foreign languages, and added V & E as a double major.  I was hooked after my first harvest internship at Gundlach Bundschu and knew that wine would be my life’s work.

Q&A with George Levkoff of george wine company

IntoWine recently caught up with george wine company's winemaker and founder, George Levkoff to discuss wine making and his thoughts on current trends in the wine industry.

What prompted you to pursue winemaking as a career? 

I became a winemaker as a result of an epiphany I had at dinner in late 1994.  The restaurant was Joe’s in Venice, CA, and the meal was tuna foie gras.  My friend Mark brought along two bottles of pinot noir from Williams Selyem, Rochioli Vineyard 1991 & 1992.  The meal which I had many times before, never tasted better, and I proclaimed that one day I would make wine like this in Healdsburg, a town I had never visited.  Four years later I sold my house and quit my job, and moved to Healdsburg.

La Follette Wines: Greg La Follette Discusses His New, Eponymous Wine Venture

It's not often you get to witness the beginnings of greatness. In the wine world, most consumers don't discover the best small production wines until they are either priced out of reach or available at the end of a very long waiting list. Wine lovers: here is your chance. Greg La Follette, one of California's (and perhaps the world's) finest makers of pinot noir and chardonnay has launched his own label, the eponymous La Follette Wines, and for perhaps the first time in his career is able to focus purely on making great wine for his own label, without distraction. Buy now or forever hold your peace.

Ellman Family Vineyards "Alexis Skye" Pinot Noir 2008 - IntoWineTV Episode 136

"Cult Wine Brands of Crushpad" - IntoWineTV host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad.

Merging Carolina and California: A Discussion with Calicaro Wine Founder Dave Ball

What happens when you cross the Carolinas with California? Calicaro wine, that's what. IntoWine recently caught up with Dave Ball, founder of Calicaro wine to discuss his nascent wine venture and his thoughts on winemaking.

Calicaro Liberty Bridge Pinot Noir 2008 - IntoWineTV Episode 135

"Cult Wine Brands of Crushpad" IntoWineTV host Lisa Kolenda and wine experts Bartholomew Broadbent and Loren Sonkin convene among the vines at Crushpad in Napa Valley to taste and discuss the cult wine brands of Crushpad.

Top Sonoma Pinot Noir

California's Sonoma County has a near-perfect climate for growing cool-weather grapes.  Fog banks that creep over the hillsides from the Pacific Ocean and relatively cloudy weather during key months (Californians call it "June Gloom") make many parts of Sonoma an ideal place to plant pinot noir and chardonnay.

Wine Charities: For the Love of Wine

Since grade school we’ve all heard the fatigued proverb, “It’s better to give than to receive.” Most of us wouldn’t argue with that, at least not publicly. Privately however, well, who doesn’t want free stuff? In truth, the wine industry is a magnanimous group, routinely called upon to provide free juice for charity auctions, public and private tastings, festivals and most anyplace where wine is poured and people want to imbibe at little or no cost. These three west coast wineries showcase the dedication of making wine, making changes, one bottle, and one person at a time.

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