Wine Consumption Continues to Rise in the U.S. As reported in the 2012 Wine Handbook,
wine consumption increased 3.0% to reach 312.4 million cases in 2011. Wines from California, Oregon and
Washington continue to be popular and outpace imported wines. The 2012 Wine Handbook is available for
$850 at www.bevinfostore.com. Gallup’s annual Consumption Habits poll (completed July 9-12, 2012) found
that 66% of Americans consume alcohol and drink an average of four drinks a week. Beer is still the preferred
drink of Americans, but wine is a close second (35% compared to beer’s 39%). Men drink more, consuming
6.2 drinks, on average, in the past week, compared with 2.2 drinks, on average, consumed by women. More
men admit to consuming more alcohol than they should. Men aged 18 to 40 are the heaviest drinkers of any
age or gender group.
MacPhail Family Wines to Open Tasting Room at Barlow Winemaker James MacPhail
announced that the new tasting room will open in early 2013 and will offer vineyard-designated MacPhail Pinot
Noir and appellation focused wines from Sequana. The old Barlow Apple Processing Plant in downtown
Sebastopol is being repurposed as a gathering of local food and wine artisans. It is a good fit for MacPhail
whose family has roots in the coastal agricultural community dating back to the 1800s. Visit MacPhail on the
web at www.macphailwines.com, Sequana at www.sequanavineyards.com, and learn more about the Barlow.
Aubert Tasting Salon Open The Aubert Wines Tasting Salon, located at 333 Silverado Trail in
Calistoga, opened September 4 after extensive remodeling of the former August Briggs winery. (August “Joe”
Briggs sold his namesake wine label to a partnership including winemaker Jesse Inman) Aubert customers will
have their first opportunity to visit the winery and taste both latest releases and library wines, by appointment.
Philip Gift will be the new Retail and Guest Relations Manager. Aubert Wines produces Chardonnay and Pinot
Noir from single vineyard sites in the Napa Valley, Carneros and Sonoma Coast appellations. Aubert Wines
was founded in 1999 by Mark and Teresa Aubert and started with but one Chardonnay. Now Aubert produces
six different single-vineyard Chardonnays and five Pinot Noirs, and owns three estate vineyards in the Napa
Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. The winery website is www.aubertwines.com.
French Unhappy With Breathalyzer Law The French government is hoping to decrease alcohol
related driving deaths by requiring every driver in the country (even tourists) to have a personal breathalyzer on
their person while driving or face a fine of 11 euros. The law goes into effect November 1, 2012. France’s
drinking limit of 0.05% blood-alcohol content (0.25% in the breath) already is lower than the United States
(0.08%) and is roughly the equivalent of two glasses of table wine. The French, who are not immune from
scandal, are claiming the law represents a conflict of interest in the breathalyzer test market. The man who
heads the nonprofit road safety association that lobbied Parliament to pass the breathalyzer law is also a parttime
employee at Contralco, the only company making certified breathalyzers in France and has up to 90% of
France’s breathalyzer market.
San Francisco Vintners Market - Harvest Hoopla This event will be held Saturday and
Sunday, November 17 and 18, 2012, at Fort Mason Center. About 200 wineries will participate and will be
selling their wines direct to the consumer, something many consumers have begged for at walk-around wine
tasting events, and the first of its kind wine tasting and buying experience. Consumers can sample the wines
on display and buy them on the spot. Wineries throughout California, other regional wineries and international
wineries will participate. Visit www.sfvintners6.eventbrite.com for tickets.
California Increasing Vineyard Acreage From www.norcalwine.com comes the following figures.
In the past five years, California added 76,651 acres of wine grape vineyards, an increase of 17.5% from 2006
to 2011. The California counties that added the most acreage were San Joaquin (10,783 acres), Fresno (9,651
acres), Monterey (9,595 acres), Sonoma (8,777 acres) and Napa (7,332 acres). Tiny Marin County saw a
65.8% increase in acreage and now has 167 acres in 2011. Another Pinot Noir producing county, Santa Cruz,
has 445 acres as of 2011.
Stoller Opens New Tasting Room Stoller Family Estate, at 373-acres, is the largest contiguous
vineyard property in the Dundee Hills. Melissa Burr, who has been the winemaker for ten vintages, directs the
production of estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at three tiers: the legacy tier includes barrel selections
honoring Stoller family members, the reserve tier includes the SV Pinot Noir that will become the Reserve Pinot
Noir with the 2010 vintage, and the estate tier which features JV Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Rosé. The grand
opening of the new tasting room will be September 10. The tasting room energy will come from a solar panel,
and construction features a green roof, skylights, and salvaged timbers from Powell’s Bookstore in Portland.
The tasting room will be open daily from 11:00 to 5:00 at 16161 NE McDougall Road in Dayton. Visit
www.stollerfamilyestate for more information.
Hyland Estates New Label for Venerable Hyland Vineyard Hyland Vineyard is one of the
Willamette Valley’s oldest vineyards, first planted in 1971. Located just outside of McMinnville, the current
owners are NW Wine Company principals John Niemeyer, Laurent Montalieu and Danielle Andrus Montalieu.
The new label, Hyland Estates, was launched in 2011 with the opening of a new tasting room in Dundee on
99W, offering wines from the 2008 and 2009 vintages. Hyland Estates produces Pinot Noir, Riesling and
Gewürztraminer. The history of Hyland Vineyard is closely tied to Charles Coury and the Coury Clone (see
“Solving The Mystery of the Coury Clone” at www.princeofpinot.com/article/1214/ and Oregon Wine Press
(September 2012). Hyland Vineyard now spans 204 acres and is one of the largest single plantings in the
northern Willamette Valley. The Hyland Estates brand focuses on the oldest blocks in the vineyard, with
winemaker Laurent Montalieu crafting one Pinot Noir solely from old Coury clone vines. A Harvest Celebration
will be held at Hyland Estates, 20980 N.E. Niederberger Road, Dundee, on September 29. Visit
2013 Oregon Wine Press Superior Cellar Awards Announced Oregon Wine Press and
the Oregon Wine Board work together to select Oregon restaurant wine lists throughout the United States that
feature Oregon wines prominently among their wine list offerings. 63 Oregon restaurants received Superior
Cellar Awards in 2013. See the full list of restaurants in the September 2012 issue of Oregon Wine Press.