Topics in California Wines

  • California, State of the State

    Written by Jancis Robinson MW. California wine has played a huge part in my life. The first article I had published in a national newspaper was a report on the French giant Moët-Hennessy’s move into Napa Valley via Domaine Chandon published by The Sunday Times of London in the mid-1970s. A few years later I was to meet my husband of 40 years Nick Lander at a tasting of California wine in the American embassy in London. I organised this tasting, at a time when the dollar-to-pound rate was favourable to UK importers of California wine, and many were jumping on the bandwagon. This was in my role as secretary of the Zinfandel Club, an organisation founded by the likes of my friend and co-author of The World Atlas of Wine Hugh Johnson to introduce British wine lovers to the delights of wine from California, the first non-European wine region to make a serious impact on Europe’s wine lovers.
  • California Wine and Climate Change

    Written by California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. As an agricultural industry, the California wine community has a long history of adapting to change and demonstrating its commitment to sound environmental practices and social responsibility. Building on these efforts are the educational and certification programs of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA). Established by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers, CSWA is the most comprehensive and widely adopted wine sustainability program in the world, and – together with other important sustainability programs in regions throughout the state – has made California wine a leader in addressing climate change.
  • Behind the Wines with Elaine Chukan Brown | Oz Clarke and Richard Siddle

    In this episode focused on regional comparisons of California and the world, Wine writer + expert Elaine Chukan Brown speaks with Oz Clarke, wine writer, presenter, and broadcaster and Richard Siddle, business and media consultant and editor at The Buyer. What’s the current state of California wine in the UK? How have perceptions changed in recent years? Elaine, Oz, and Richard take a look at California wine from the outside in, focusing specifically on perspectives from one of the world’s largest wine markets.
  • Evan Goldstein MS Recommends the UC Davis Wine Writers' Collection

    Have you ever wondered how we arrived where we have, wine-wise, in California? And yes, while I am old enough to have experienced first-hand considerable amounts of what set the table from the last 1960s on, I am also aware that I do not know every key happening nor all the critical individuals whose pioneering courage, leadership and yes, at times chutzpah, helped shape what we so frequently take for granted today.