Notes from Tasmania: Sparkling Wine Update

The island of Tasmania has long held a sense of fascination among wine enthusiasts. Part of the mystique that captivates consumers and the trade is tied up with the region’s unique flora and fauna; a Tasmanian devil goes a long way in that regard. But another part of the appeal lies in the island’s location … Continue reading Notes from Tasmania: Sparkling Wine Update

RIP Ben Hammerschlag and the End of an Era

The past weekend saw the passing of two Australian wine industry luminaries, an occurrence all too common these days. Wayne Stehbens, the legendary winemaker at Katnook Estate in the Coonawarra, was the more well-known individual, recognized in both Australia and America. Ben Hammerschlag, the visionary behind Epicurean Wines and maybe not as well known, was … Continue reading RIP Ben Hammerschlag and the End of an Era

The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 3

With that bit of educational background, now its time to tie the pieces together.   The Mystery Appears 2012 marked the centenary of the first chardonnay plantings at Wente and to celebrate, the winery decided to hold a symposium on the role of the family and the clone in the history of California’s wine industry. … Continue reading The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 3

The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 2

While these posts are about the mystery of the GinGin clone, a little background is probably helpful.   The Wente Clone The first California chardonnay was made in 1936 by the Wente Brothers Winery in the Livermore Valley located some 45 minutes east of San Francisco. The wine was made from grapes that were planted … Continue reading The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 2