Opinion

Op Ed: Have Alternative Style Wines Become Tiresome?

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Today's cutting-edge wines are more terroir-expressive than the usual commercial styles. What I don't get, though, is how formulaic it's all become.  By Randy Caparoso I...

Op Ed: Criticism of Organic or Sustainable Winegrowing Programs Adds to...

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Are regional sustainable winegrowing certification programs a boon for the industry? By Randy Caparoso For the longest time, a certified USDA organic seal on a food...

Op Ed: Is the UK Wine Trade’s “The California List” a...

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An outdated classification model will cause more problems than it solves. By Randy Caparoso Who doesn't love the UK wine trade? Most of us in U.S. wine-related...

Op Ed: What Do Wine Consumers Really Want?

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They want what they want. —Randy Caparoso What do wine lovers want? On one hand, every other day there seems to be a new "natural wine bar"...

The Enduring Mythos of Wine

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The wine world has always been full of myths—mystique and imagination play as big a part in our enjoyment of wines as facts and...

Op Ed: Wine Consumer Preferences Are a Reflection of the Industry

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Consumers are not stupid. There, that's the crux of this entire op-ed. Although I do have something to add: If consumers are stupid, it's only...

Opinion: Minerality in Terms of Terroir

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Terroir as like a tree falling in a forest. Just because you don't hear it, it doesn’t mean it didn't fall. —Randy Caparoso I think that...

Op Ed: Dear Sommeliers, It’s OK to Like Zinfandel

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This op is written from a sommelier's perspective. I know a lot of them because I was a sommelier who worked in restaurants for...

Opinion: Natural Winemaking Is the Most Natural Thing

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Hands off those vines, hands off those wines—what comes naturally should be respected —Randy Caparoso I love natural style wines. In fact, I'm partial to them,...

Earth Day and Wine Country’s Regeneration

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Almost four years after the devastating California firestorms, which started in Napa’s Atlas Peak wine country area, we witness our planet’s regeneration without our interference...

Terroir? Starting a Dialogue Between the Cannabis and Wine Industries

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What Is Terroir? As a wine-grape grower, winemaker and Humboldt born native, I have a more than passing interest in the idea of terroir. For...

Wine Enthusiasts Have a Voice in Utah—The Time to Speak Up...

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By Stephanie Cuadra Consumers wield power as arbiters of taste—but only to the extent that choice is deliberately exercised. In the reverse scenario, end users...

Drinking Wine Outside the Box

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By Kenneth Friedenreich Sometimes a good title acts as the scaffolding for ideas waiting on words and sequence to show up sooner or later. This...

Wine and Power, a Palimpsest for Armistice Day

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Given the dismal quality of history education these days, and the even more dismal state of discourse on this subject beyond pop trivia, it is likely most people will commemorate the end of World War One by going to the mall for a "Veterans' Day Sale." After 100 years, silent film herky-jerky images belie the bloody reality of it. The century since has been no picnic either.

Measure C Will Have Chilling Effect on Napa’s Agricultural Economy

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Measure C, the “Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative,” is a deeply-flawed, confusing and anti-agricultural land use Initiative that will appear on the June ballot throughout Napa County.
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