Wine news March 17, 2015

Food and Wine announces the sommeliers of the year.

Vinepair tells the Yellow Tail story. "Currently Yellow Tail sits as the second largest wine brand in the U.S. having lost the first position to Barefoot a few years ago, but the brand continues to think of ways to grow and expand."

In The Wall Street Journal, Texas farmers turn to grapes. "The Lone Star State now ranks as the nation’s fifth-largest wine producer, after California, Washington, New York and Oregon, according to Wines Vines Analytics, the research arm of trade publication Wines & Vines. Last year, Texas winemakers churned out 1.8 million cases, 36% more than in 2010."

The Green Bay Press Gazette says when it comes to wine Charles Woodson has it covered.

The Huffington Post talks to master sommelier Laura Maniec on food and wine pairing rules.

Alfonso Cevola in Winesearcher on Barolo's greatest vineyards.

Dr. Vino on German Pinot Noir. "Germany has the third largest amount of pinot noir planted, trailing only France and the United States. In fact their total acreage eclipses both Australia and New Zealand’s pinot noir plantings combined. (The local name for the grape is Spätburgunder.)"

 W. Blake Gray asks where does San Francisco rank in the world's top wine cities? "A carpetbagger wine critic from New York recently gave San Francisco a middle finger from the window of his moving van about how SF's sommelier culture is dying. "