The Business End

Riesling — in Napa Valley?

2013-02-07T18:05:00Z 2013-02-07T18:06:26Z Riesling — in Napa Valley?Paul Franson Napa Valley Register
February 07, 2013 6:05 pm  • 

Riesling is on a roll, with the market in the U.S. dominated by Ste. Michelle in Washington, although many eastern states and cooler parts of California are also players.

Few would expect the grape to succeed in warm Napa Valley, but Trefethen in coolish Oak Knoll and mountain Stony Hill and Smith-Madrone make excellent rieslings, too

Still, it’s surprising to learn of a new winery in Napa County that specializes in the German grape.

Weingut Edelweiss was founded by husband-and-wife team Alison Crary and Domingo Rodriguez to do just that.

Crary, a full-time winemaker at Sterling, was trained at the German wine school at Geisenheim, so it’s not surprising that she loves the grape.

Her passion for riesling led her to search for great riesling sites in California, and she ended up choosing a vineyard at the northerly edge of the Napa side of Carneros.

The Fence Row Block riesling grows in loamy gravel-rich soils along the bank of a small creek. The creek’s mist ensures just the barest hint of botrytis on our “freckled” grapes, imparting an additional layer of complexity.

Rodriguez is a Swiss and Spanish national who has spent his last

20 years serving the global wine industry promoting and implementing the newest filtration technologies and providing technical consulting. He is a co-founder and part owner of the largest wine filtration service company in North America, Wine Secrets, but now works full time with Oenodia, which removes tartrates from wine with electrodialysis rather than the traditional energy-consuming extended chilling and filtration.

The suggested retail price for their dry, but floral, wine is $18. It’s at Brix Restaurant, Calistoga Wine Stop, Morimoto, Napa General Store, St. Helena Wine Center, Farm at The Carneros Inn, Thomas Michael Cellars n Yountville and V Wine Cellar.

For details, or to order the wine, visit weingutedelweiss.com.

Sonoma State adds

wine finance and accounting certificate

Writers — and the public — pay more attention to wine, wineries and even grapegrowing and winemaking, but the business side of wine also is specialized if not as exciting.

Sonoma State University already specializes in wine marketing with excellent programs, and now it’s added a certificate program in wine finance and accounting fields.

Having taken all the accounting and finance prerequisites for the MBA I never further pursued, and having sat through many sessions and seminars on the subject for articles in wine trade magazines Wines & Vines and Wine Business Monthly, I’m glad someone else is on top of the complex specialty.

The classes will be taught by financial professionals in the wine industry.

Each seminar is designed to deliver core quantitative concepts illustrated by wine industry examples.

The new program is appropriate for wine industry professionals who seek a greater understanding of the quantitative side of their business. No previous finance and accounting experience is required.

To earn the certificate, you must complete eight, four-hour seminars of core and elective offerings.Core seminars include Financial Accounting for Your Wine Business. Cost Accounting for Wineries, Managerial Accounting for your Wine Business; Budgets, Forecasting, and Best Practices for your Wine Business. For a list of electives, visit sonoma.edu.The cost is $150 per seminar; $1,200 for the certificate. For more information, call Dana Swilley at 664-3347 or email swilley@sonoma.edu.

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