The Wine Evangelist, March, 2009
Dear Wine Lover,
“I was quite candid about wine judging when I was interviewed on Grape Radio last week,” stated Barbara. I'd love to hear your feedback.
Check out the interview at http://www.graperadio.com/
Passionate about Pinot Noir?
On Sunday, April 5, 2009
consumers, press and trade will gather for the
remarkable "7th Annual Passionate
about Pinot Noir Summit" in San
The Pinot Noir Summit is the culmination of the Pinot Noir Shootout, the most comprehensive and focused tasting of Pinot Noir in the US. Affairs of the Vine, International Wine Review, and Wine Radius have partnered to bring you this amazing event.
Pit your palate against the panel…The Pinot Noir Shootout is the only competition in which the judges’ conclusions are put to the test by an unbiased panel of wine lovers. Be among the 250 Pinot Noir loving attendees to the Summit: taste 40 of the top wines blind, your opinion counts; attend Pinot Noir workshops conducted by expert winemakers, viticulturists and wine educators; and join us at the Pinot Noir Awards reception featuring top Pinot Noir winemakers showcasing their wines with specially paired hors d’oeuvre.
Attendance is limited to 250 Pinot Noir lovers.
Complete details can be viewed at
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Barbara will provide views and ramblings from the Extreme Sonoma Coast.
Lauren will share her unique views from Down Under where she is attending Adelaide University. She is beginning the Master of Wine Business program. She’ll share her insider views of Australia and her educational experience.
Hope you have fun traveling back and forth with us across the Pacific.
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In the wine business, weather rules!
No two vintages are the same. Mother Nature is unpredictable and often teaches hard lessons. All of us here in Northern California Wine Country thought we were in for another tough lesson in 2009.
Northern California vintners had been quite concerned because we have had such beautiful weather. Yes, that’s exactly what I said. Up until a few weeks ago, we were suffering from lack of rain.
Over the last few weeks, we have been getting lots of rain, thank goodness. Not knowing where we stand now from the vineyard perspective, I called Nick Frey this morning. Nick is the president of the Sonoma County Wine Grape Commission (link to www.sonomawinegrape.org) and my go to guy for all things Sonoma County vineyard related.
When asked how the vineyards are doing, Nick replied, “Better than we were a month ago.” He went on to tell me that with all of the lovely weather we had in November, December and January that bud break is coming and it’s coming fast. Until the recent rains, vineyard owners were quite concerned about having enough water to be used for irrigation and frost protection, if needed.
I invited Nick to gaze into his crystal ball and tell me what he sees for the 2009 vintage. He told me that he thinks there are good prospects for a decent crop and that harvest will most probably me at the usual time. Sparkling wine grapes coming in mid to late August and the rest of the varietals in September and October. Hedging his predictions a bit, he said, “Depending on whether or not we have a warm or cool summer, harvest times could go a week or two either way.”
We’ll keep an eye on the crop and keep you updated.
Barbara DradyChief Wine Evangelist
August 15, 2009 - Napa Valley Wine Boot Camp
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