Wine news March 11, 2015

Mike Dunne in the Sacramento Bee on fruit wines. "If this is to be the year for sales of fruit wines to surge in California, consumers will have to make an effort to find them, aside from the widely distributed Chaucer’s wines."

Alder Yarrow on Jon Bonné's parting shot as he leaves San Francisco for New York. "Perhaps the timing was coincidentally bad, but it's hard not to feel like this is some sort of parting shot as he heads to the New York wine scene, which he praises in the same article for having a thriving "sommelier culture. Sommelier Robert Perkins of Boulevard echoed the sentiments of more than thirty working sommeliers who I spoke with or heard from over the past few days when he characterized the article as a "hand grenade in the room before skipping town."

Taste before shopping wine store to open in East Village reports the Commercial Observer.

Chile is fighting an eight year draught reports Bloomberg. "If parched reservoirs aren’t replenished, grape growing in Limari may disappear altogether."

Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post gives an account of last months Premiere Napa Valley.  "Many said they are moving toward a more restrained, classical style of wine with moderate alcohol, the style that made Napa famous in the 1970s, and away from the fruit-forward blockbuster cult wines popular in the 1990s and 2000s."

Winefolly takes on White Burgundy.

Alice Feiring on Dive Bouteille 2015.

Last but far from least, the top seven winery cats ever from The Drinks Business.

Winesearcher on the wine destination guide to Manhattan.

S. Irine Virbila in the Los Angeles Times talks to Gaia Gaja of Gaja.