Daily Wine News: California King

St. Peters Church Vineyard. (Source: Florence Vineyard)

“Behind a modest Catholic church in Sonoma County sits a little-known vineyard that’s also one of the most influential in California. The beefy, gnarly and 130-year-old vines of Cloverdale’s St. Peter’s Church Vineyard are the unsung heroes of the Rockpile region, an appellation known for producing intensely flavored Zinfandels that rank among the best in the world.” Jess Lander reports on the vineyard’s unlikely rise to fame in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Doing things differently has helped the Cabernet Sauvignon of Ridge Vineyards’ Monte Bello stand out. In Club Oenologique, Jane Anson tells the Santa Cruz vineyard’s story and tastes through an astonishing seven decades and 20 vintages

In the Los Angeles Times, Patt Morrison explores the city’s history of winemaking. “Years before the reign of King Citrus, dozens of wineries and more than a million grapevines made up an enormous L.A. cash crop. In 1869, when L.A.’s wineries were squeezing out as much as 5 million gallons, 3 out of every 4 Los Angeles manufacturing workers were earning their pay in some fashion from the wine business.”

“Château Lascombes, the Margaux-based second growth in Bordeaux’s 1855 Classification, has become the first winery in Europe to be acquired by Lawrence Wine Estates, which already owns top Napa wineries Heitz Cellar, Burgess Cellars and Stony Hill. The group was established by the Lawrence family, led by US entrepreneur Gaylon Lawrence, alongside managing partner and Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy Jr.,” reports Decanter.

Elin McCoy also comments on the acquisition in Bloomberg.

On JancisRobinson.com, Max Allen adds to the ongoing discussion of how well wines age under screwcap.

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