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Welcome to Charles Communications Associates’ fall equinox newsletter. The wine grape harvest in California is precocious this year and as we smell the fermenting must, follow the trucks laden with grapes en route to the winery crushpads and experiment with new harvest recipes we are reminded of the great bounty we are fortunate to have in our work and personal lives. This issue we feature a report on New York City and its latest as well as classic epicurean offerings with guest editor and dear CCA friend Jonathan Cristaldi; a harvest round up from our clients in Northern California from Account Exec Alex Fondren who knows her way around a forklift and fermenting vats having interned at Larkmead as well as a snapshot of the recent 3-city Wines of Uruguay tour that just wrapped up on September 15th. Salud!
-- Kimberly Charles, Founder 
Charles Communications Associates
California's 2014 Harvest Report by Alexandra Fondren
From south to north, the 2014 California harvest is in full swing, and word on the street already has this year pegged as another promising vintage. Temperatures have been almost identical to 2013, and while things are moving at a slower pace, winemakers are tentatively optimistic that quality should meet expectations.
The successful harvests of 2012 and 2013 left some pretty big shoes to fill throughout the state. At Casey Flat Ranch in the Capay Valley to the northeast of Napa Valley, harvest officially started on August 4th—the earliest on record
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Wines of Uruguay Tour 2014 by Kimberly Charles
 This September, Charles Communications Associates was pleased to organize the 2nd annual Wines of Uruguay Tour in the United States. Last year we hosted the San Francisco stop on their three-city tour, and were enlisted to coordinate this year’s stops in Chicago, Boston, and Ft. Lauderdale.  

One of the best parts of running our creative marketing agency is being able to share our excitement and enthusiasm for an idea, product or place that we’ve been keeping a close eye on for some time. We truly love classics as much as what’s next in our line of work and the culture and wines of this tiny South American country are starting to get some appreciation and momentum
With a population of 3.4 million, low poverty and crime, a strong economy and commitment to the environment with one of the purest ecosystems and a socially progressive political history, Uruguay is the David to the Goliath of larger wine producing countries in South America. Ninety percent of Uruguay is inhabited by descendants of Basques, Spaniards, French and many other European countries, the grapes and wine culture of those places infuses the fabric of winemaking here. 

Tannat is the main grape variety cultivated in Uruguay which has 7,200 acres planted from a total of 22,250 acres under vine. Uruguay’s wine production is 10 million case per annum and the per capita consumption is 26 liters a year, often attributed to the love of high quality grass-fed beef in a country with 12 million cattle.  

Distribution is still a challenge as the crowded U.S. wine market and distribution system makes it slow going for smaller newer entrants to the wine marketplace, but tours such as this are raising awareness and interest in lesser know grape varieties and provenance. Stay tuned for more coverage of the country and its wines. You can expect in depth pieces such as this trilogy by noted blogger Richard Auffrey a.k.a. The Passionate Foodie, and be sure to follow All the Swirl on Facebook and @CharlesComm on twitter for updates on Uruguay and all of our clients.  

Please email Kimberly Charles at for a copy of our full presentation on the Wines of Uruguay. 
Perfecting pH? 
by Alexandra Fondren

As harvest kicks into full gear, wine country will shortly come alive with talk about optimal ripeness, brix levels, and pH. What most vintners are essentially striving for is a balanced crop. But the word “balance” has become...(keep reading)
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Revisiting NYC
Through Food & Drink
by Jonathan Cristaldi
There are two things I never imagined I would be so happy to see again: a yellow cab and a metrocard. Of course, while living there it was always a love/hate relationship. Desperately seeking a cab home late night after hosting a Noble Rot event...(keep reading)
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