The former owner of Premier Cru wines a now defunct retailer in Berkeley, California has pled guilty to running a wine Ponzi scheme and has cut a deal with federal prosecutors. There's gold in those hill. At least that's what famed grape growers Andy and David Beckstoffer are hoping for as they work to raise the quality and notorietyof grapes grown in the Red Hills of Lake County, California.The Soberanes Creek fire continues to burn causing lots of concern for residents and farmers in Monterey County. There have also been a number of wildfires in Europe. Adam Teeter pens an informative post on understanding tannins in red wine. Here's a good post to show what organic farmers battle through to provide us with a healthier product. John Fodera has just posted a comprehensive report on currentChianti wines. If you're a fan of Chianti Classico it's a must read. As always thanks for listening and please tell a friend.