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

The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 1

It’s not often that someone with a background in wine retail finds themselves involved in a viticultural mystery of some significance. But things happen…. In no way would I consider myself a qualified viticulturalist or winemaker. My wine career has focused on retail, putting wine in people’s hands. To do a better job of that, … Continue reading The Mystery of the GinGin Clone: Part 1

Wine Review: 2006 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz

It’s hard to describe what it was like back in the day, back when Australian wines were totally new to us in America. Think about it: tasting new styles of wines, new expressions of grapes for the very first time. At a time when many varietals and regions were well known by the trade and … Continue reading Wine Review: 2006 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz