News from the world of vines…
Chalk Hill Award
The Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival recently announced its award winning wines. These were announced in conjunction with the International Wine Judging for 2016. A California wine from Foley Family Wines “Chalk Hill Chardonnay” was awarded Best in Show for White Wines.
The Festival, featuring hundreds of wines from around the world, has a judging panel of Master Sommeliers. This panel is tasked with selecting the best of the best from the entries received. In addition to the Master Sommeliers in attendance, the participants are also certified wine educators and credentialed participants working regularly with wine enthusiasts.
The Chalk Hill Chardonnay has been noted for a long, smooth, silky finish. Its nose of limes and peaches invites further investigation. The nose couples up with a recognition of apples and pears on the palate. Having come from the 2012 growing season, the wine is an outstanding example of what California produced during the year.
Wine Industry Symposium
The Wine Industry Symposium Group will be presenting the 22nd Annual Central Coast Insights Events on March 10th. This annual event, focusing on the issues of the Central Coast Wine Industry, brings together leaders from across the industry as well as presenting results from the most current industry studies for the Central Coast wine industry.
Included in the discussions will be the following topics:
· The Central Coast Insights Survey of the Wine Industry
· Perspectives from Central Coast Lenders
· Case Studies of Mergers and Acquisitions
· Study of the Central Coast Bulk wine and Grape Market
· Findings of the San Luis Obispo County/Paso Robles Wine Industry Economic Impact Study
· How to protect your winery from fraud and Cyber Crime
· Embezzlement and Internal crime: How to protect your winery from the risks
· Central Coast grapes: Where do they go? Are they selling for more elsewhere?
Registration and information can be found at WWW.WineSymposium.com
Russian River Vine Growth
The growing season in the Russian River Valley is starting to show new spring-like weather, resulting in the beginning of the new season. The new growth is the historic “beginning point” which marks the conceptual beginning of a new crop. The new bud break, starting a process which culminates in the harvest in the fall, is looked at with great anticipation by the industry.
The bud break, occurring at this point of the year, has sparked optimism for growers. Rhonda Smith, Viniculture Farm Advisor for the UC Cooperative Extension in Sonoma County, states “If growers can harvest a crop that hits their historical averages, then 2016 will be a good year.” The early growth means this is a distinct possibility.
Dancing Hares Winery
Dancing Hares Winery in St. Helena has been purchased by Tuck and Boo Beckstoffer from founders Paula Brooks and Bob Cook. The purchase includes the estate, the vineyards, the inventory and all segments of the brand.
The facility, designed by architect Howard Bracken in 2009, is state of the art and includes both buildings and caves. Planted on the estate are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot.
As part of the new organization, the Beckstoffers have appointed Philippe Melka as winemaker. Melka will work with wine consultants Michel Rolland and Frederick Delivert to maintain their quality. The wines are sold primarily through the wine club and their exclusive mailing list. We’re proud and honored to be a part of this community and the first Beckstoffers to own an Estate winery after more than 40 years as grape growers…”.
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