Linda Murphy

Linda Murphy

Linda Murphy is co-author, with Jancis Robinson MW, of “American Wine: The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of United States,” which celebrates winemaking in all 50 states, and Americans’ rapidly growing love of wine – particularly locally produced wine.

Based in Sonoma County, Calif., Linda is the managing editor for Sonoma magazine, columns editor for Vineyard & Winery Management magazine, columnist for WineReviewOnline and a contributor to Decanter magazine.

She is also Contributing Editor to Food & Wine magazine’s Wine Guide, and her writing has appeared in Cooking Light and Food & Wine magazines, Sommelier Journal, Men’s Health, epicurous.com and elsewhere.

A sportswriter for 13 years before entering the wine business, Linda was the first wine section editor of The San Francisco Chronicle, where she won two James Beard Awards. She has been a speaker at the New Zealand Winegrowers Export Conference, Culinary Institute of America Greystone, Wine Tourism Conference, Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, Association of Food Journalists Conference, Texas Hill County Wine & Food Festival, and Wines of Chile Marketing Conference.

She also judges eight to 10 wine competitions a year, home and abroad.

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California Cabernet 2012

California Cabernet 2012 ‘2012 was an outstanding vintage,’ says Chris Carpenter, winemaker for Jackson Family Wines’ high-end Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, bottled under the Cardinale, Lokoya, La Jota and Mount…

Paul Hobbs WInery, Chardonnay

A decade ago, it was hard to find 10 remarkable Californian Chardonnays sold outside the US. The UK was particularly bereft, with only bottom-shelf commercial plonk and astronomically priced treasures…

Linda Murphy

'To deny Robert Parker a plac in the Vintners Hall of Fame is a felony'

Decanter Columnists

One would think that 40-plus years of successful, modern wine production would give us Yanks enough confidence to halt our reliance on the use of château, domaine, clos, côte, beau…

Linda Murphy June 2010 issue column

Not long after 12 people were convicted of fraud for selling millions of gallons of French ‘Pinot Noir’ to E&J Gallo for its Red Bicyclette brand (the wine was actually…

California’s other Cabernets

Napa may get all the plaudits, but for true Cabernet lovers, Sonoma and Lake County increasingly have as much to offer, says Linda Murphy

Linda Murphy February ’10 column

Napa Valley winemakers have more on their minds than the quality of the 2009 vintage, and how to sell expensive wines in challenging times. Wineries, businesses, residents and visitors have…

Cool-climate California Pinot

Sites once thought too marginal are now producing world-class Pinot, says linda murphy. What’s more, they’re at the elegant end of the spectrum

The US Appellation system

The US appellation system, a mish-mash of countless AVAs, has come under fire for violating its own rules. LINDA MURPHY questions its value

Interview with Paul Hobbs

Top US winemaker Paul Hobbs made his name by divorcing himself from one of the world's most powerful wine companies and ignoring the advice of his winemaking professors. He tells…

Robert Mondavi

In Napa Valley, where formality tends to be reserved for gala auctions and visiting dignitaries, Robert G Mondavi was and probably always will be referred to as ‘Mister'.

What the Mondavis did next

The sale of Robert Mondavi Winery to Constellation climaxed a series of family feuds among members of California’s great wine dynasty. Three years on, it’s reconciliations all round, writes Linda…

Europe’s own land of the free

The Pacific Northwest is enticing big-name Europeans to a region where they’re free to create their dream wines, writes Linda Murphy

Daryl Groom interview

When Daryl Groom speaks of balance, it's as much about time as it is about wine.