What’s up with Moscato?! Sales of the slightly sweet (usually), sometimes fizzy wine were up more than 30 percent last year, and that’s above and beyond the whopping 75 percent or so increase the year before. There’s little mystery about who’s drinking it and why: With hip-hop artists trading in their deep-pocket Cristal Champagne for this highly affordable quaff, and writing it into rap lyrics, millennial drinkers are piling on. And my daughter, Audrey, is with them.
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Note to self: Drink outside California more often. With Sunset headquartered in the San Francisco Bay area, it’s too easy to just revel in NorCal wines. So this week, I reminded myself why that would mean missing great stuff, by tasting from the Northwest—specifically, bottles from Washington’s Yakima Valley.
With Earth Day coming up on April 22, I have to tip my hat to West Coast winegrowers and makers. I can’t think of any industry that has put more effective effort into practices that make sure they will have product to make for generations to come and we will have wine to drink without guilt, knowing that it’s causing no injury to our planet and people.
Here at Sunset, we’re gearing up for our second Sunset International Wine Competition. Starting next Monday, 48 wine pros from around the West will descend on our campus to taste and judge more than 2,975 wines. We asked winemaker and SIWC judge Adam Lazarre of LaZarre Wines, to give us an insider’s take on judging on the wine circuit. Turns out it’s less glamorous—but a lot more fun—than we thought.