EU Finally Grants Name Recognition to Napa Valley

It started about 2 years ago, when wine makers from the U.S. and Europe signed a declaration to protect the place names associated with their wines. In January of this year, the European Union, responsible for overseeing the wine industry in Europe, recognized the significance of Napa Valley Terrior by granting it name protection,  the first region in the U.S with this status.

“This represents a significant win in the continuing fight to protect the Napa name around the world,” said vintners association board president Peter McCrea.

This is a step in the right direction for the much younger wine industry in the United States who has lept ahead in some areas but  lagged behind in issues like this. Is Sonoma next?

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2005 Coturri Carignane Testa Vineyards Mendocino County

H Coturri and Sons Carignane Testa Vineyards Mendocino 2005Is it possible to have a tasty Organic wine? The Coturri Family seems to think so, as all of their wines are Certified organic, including the Carignane (pronounce Care- ig- nawn), which was at one time the most planted varietal in the U.S. This wine is actually very delicious, and although I haven’t tasted many Organic wines, this one didn’t taste off or different, which was my experience with some.

The Coturri 2005 is made from 70-year-old vines planted by the Testa family. The vineyards are dry farmed, meaning no irrigation is used. The soils at the Testa Vineyards are a naturally rich sandy loam high in nutrient.

Coturri Winery never uses grapes that have been treated with pesticides, fungicides, or herbicides. The Coturri Winery Estate Vineyards are certified by the CCOF.  No SO2—no inoculation with sulfites, yeast cultures, no use of concentrates to boost sweetness, no added water, acids, or other manipulation of the wine.

Price: $20
ABV: 13.5%
Notes: Inky purple, this wine possesses fragrant black fruit notes, with a chewy structure that has lots of blackberry, vanilla, and Raspberry. The finish is pleasant, medium bodied, and lasts 30 seconds +.
Score: 90 pts


Growers in Caneros Worry About Moth

The light brown apple mothNapa Valley, CA

On May 9th, Napa was the 9th county in the Bay Area to be added to the growing list of regions that have trapped the light brown apple moth. This native of Australia can also be found in New Zealand, Ireland, the U.K., and Hawaii, and is now an unwelcome guest in East Caneros, where a male was found in a trap.

In its larval stage, the light brown apple moth destroys, stunts or deforms young seedlings, spoils the appearance of ornamental plants, and injures deciduous fruit-tree crops, citrus and grapes. If unchecked it could do millions of dollars in damage.

Although harmless at higher elevations, the USDA is taking the threat seriously, restricting shipments of foliage from the aforementioned areas,  as well as determining the extent of the infestation while proposing a solution for eradication on Friday.

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