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Laura Ness is a longtime wine journalist and wine judge who enjoys telling tales of winemakers, winegrowers and wines. Each bottle of wine has a story to tell, and becomes part of the story of those who consume it. For over 20 years, she has written regularly for a variety of industry and consumer publications. Every purse she owns contains a corkscrew.

Wine Industry Champion Michael Kaiser: Fighting for the Future of America’s...

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“A lot of people don’t understand how much trade associations such as WineAmerica do for you, even if you're not a member.” —Michael Kaiser By...

Wine Industry Champion: Kim Stemler Makes Monterey Wine Shine

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Meet Kim Stemler, Executive Director, Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association By Laura Ness   INTRO: Wine Industry Advisor is pleased to debut a new profile series,...

Secrets for Growing Better Grapes in Coastal Climates

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Winemakers Weigh in with Tips and Strategies for Vineyard Success On the Edge of the Pacific Ocean By Laura Ness   It’s no secret that growing grapes...

Growing Pains: Winemakers Reflect on a Changing Climate

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As temperatures creep up (or down), winemakers make plans and prepare for what’s to come. By Laura Ness How is climate change impacting grape growing in...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2023: Warren Winiarski — Viticulturist, Preservationist, Philanthropist

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By Laura Ness It’s hard to imagine what the wine world would be like if not for Warren Winiarski, the visionary who saw something special...

Wine’s Most Inspiring People 2023: Terry Wheatley — Cowgirl Grit &...

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By Laura Ness   You have to admire the gumption of a newly married, fresh out of college woman, who tells her rodeo cowboy husband as...

Heritage Clones & Selections of Pinot Noir: Oddballs in the Modern...

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It’s those heritage clones: 2A/ Wädenswil, Calera, Pommard, Martini, Mount Eden, and Swan that fascinate true Pinot lovers, as they have rich stories to...

Michel Rolland: Lessons from a Master

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One of the original “flying winemakers,” Michel Rolland shares his thoughts on topics as wide-ranging as hot wines from France, the worldwide impact of...

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines: 50 Years as Champions of the...

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Back in 1972, Jerry Lohr and his young family planted vines in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County, Calif. Among them were Riesling,...

Wines You Should Not Pass Over This Year

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Kosher wines have come a long way in the U.S..  By Laura Ness Passover begins at sundown on April 15 and lasts 8 days. The highlight...

Kosher Wines to Try

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Tempt your Passover palate with these delicious offerings By Laura Ness 2020 Rimapere Baron Edmond de Rothschild Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand, 13%   This beauty screams Kiwi! It’s classic...

Something Old, Something New: 42nd Annual Mendocino Wine Competition Awards

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Mendocino County is a big place. And yet, it’s a very small community. Despite the tremendous increase in vines planted throughout the AVA in the last 20 years (now almost 17,500 acres, with 2500 of those being in the Anderson Valley), there have been around the same number of entries in the annual Mendocino Wine Competition...

Going Lo and No: Is This a Sustainable Trend?

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Much has been written about the burgeoning trend towards “better for you” beverages in the wine space. It’s definitely a thing.  But, is it a sustainable thing?...

Best White Wine Winner at Sunset 2020: Brecon Estate

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It was a good problem to have, but one that required careful management. When Brecon Estate’s 2019 Albariño won Best of Show White at the 2020 Sunset Wine Competition, it was immediately decided that Brecon Club Members should have priority access to the small batch wine...

Best of Show Winner at Sunset 2020: Gracianna Winery

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Gracianna Winery began in 2005, and debuted their first wine in 2009, but they’ve made plenty of waves since then...
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