ANOTHER WINNER FOR K-J VINTNER
It's not Vintner's Reserve chardonnay but vintner Jess Jackson's taste for horse racing that won the $6-million prize last month in Dubai when Curlin proved to be the fastest horse on the planet.
Curlin, who had already claimed the U.S. Breeders' Cup Classic and Preakness Stakes in 2007, took the 1 1/4-mile World Cup by 7 3/4 lengths. Jackson and wife Barbara Banke, who maintain operations in Ocala, are majority owners in the
The winemaker says his father took him to watch the legendary Seabiscuit race in the 1930s, but Jackson did not enter thoroughbred racing until 2003.
Part of the horse's winnings go to a charity, Curlin for Kids.
Wine shop foreign policy, pricing
Winemakers find silver linings when rain clouds come at the right time, and U.S. vineyards may see bright horizons in the dollar's weak performance against the euro. When the wines of France, Italy and Germany are more expensive here, U.S. wines do better here and overseas.
Smart U.S. wineries should use the opportunity to build more quality for the buck rather than follow European prices higher.
Latest figures for 2007 show U.S. wine exports jumped nearly 9 percent.
Wine of the week
Hogue chenin blanc,
Columbia Valley, Washington, 2005
If you think white wine is all chardonnay and sauvignon blanc and they're not enough, meet chenin blanc.
Chenin is modest, but it has made friends around the world, as seen in South Africa, up and down the Loire, and in the base of many popular U.S. blends. Champions like Chappellet and Pine Ridge have made grand versions in Napa, but the good Hogues of Washington state make chenin very friendly, gentle on palate and wallet.
It starts with easy aromas and a sweet taste of pears, melons and peaches, with a round texture backed by a fruity backbone of lemon and lime, and a little crackling fizz.
Keep it cold for an afternoon refresher or any summer meal of salad, grilled chicken or pasta.
For everyman, an everywine, and glad to meetcha.
Availability: sold widely, approximately $8.
Times staff writer