Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wine and Economics in Stellenbosch–June 2013

The American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) holds its 7th Annual Conference June 26-29 at the elegant Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.   Economists from throughout the world will present research findings on a wide variety of topics related … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara’s Super Rica Taquería

We’re in California this week preparing our next report on The Wines of Santa Barbara.  Heading north from LA yesterday, we stopped for lunch at the famous Super Rica Taquería.  This humble taco stand was one of Julia Child’s favorites, … Continue reading

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The Sherry and Manzanilla of Bodegas Dios Baco

Sherry today is neither well known nor appreciated by the average consumer. Yet it is one of the world’s most delicious and interesting wines and also presents great value relative to price. Fortunately, wine connoisseurs are once again exploring the … Continue reading

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New Releases from JAO Imports

JAO Wine Imports is predominantly a Burgundy house specializing in boutique wineries, and we’ve reported on our tastings of their Burgundy portfolio several times over the years. However, JAO also brings in wines from elsewhere in France, as well as … Continue reading

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New Bordeaux Releases from Elite Wines

Importer Laurent Givry of Elite Wines  has compiled  an attractive portfolio of French wines from both well-established producers and promising new ones.   The wines reviewed here are from his Bordeaux collection and consist of some delicious, affordable wines from both … Continue reading

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Richard Sanford: Santa Barbara Pinot Noir Pioneer

A graduate in geography from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965, and a Navy veteran, Richard Sanford was the first to plant Pinot Noir in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara.  His Sanford & Benedict Vineyard was established … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New York Times Book of Wine by Howard G. Goldberg

The New York Times and its wine writers have long contributed to the national wine discourse. One of its most prominent writers is Howard Goldberg, who began writing wine articles in the Times in the mid-1980s.  However, there have been … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Wine by Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy

American Wine, just published by the University of California Press, is a very ambitious effort to tell the story of wine in the U.S.—all 50 states, 206 AVA’s, 7 thousand producers, and almost one million acres of vines—in a beautifully … Continue reading

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