Category: Articles

125 years of history at Larkmead Vineyards

Firebelles and research vineyards: 125 years of history at Larkmead Vineyards By Jess Lander In NapaWineTaste.com   For a Napa Valley winery, making it to 125 years is no small feat. And yet, despite predating many of the region’s most iconic estates, Larkmead Vineyards in Calistoga has managed to fly somewhat under-the-radar for over a century. […]

Saturday June 13th, 2020 in Articles, Spotlights | Comments Off on 125 years of history at Larkmead Vineyards

The Future of Dining

The future of dining By Susie Davidson Powell In TimesUnion.com   Staff at the Mediamatic restaurant serve food to volunteers seated in small glasshouses during a try-out of a setup which respects social distancing abiding by government directives to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Photo: Peter Dejong, AP Finally, we […]

Sunday May 24th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on The Future of Dining

Yeast; The Silent Winemaker

Yeast; The Silent Winemaker Contributed by Dave March CWM from wine.co.za Imagine a midday snack, some cheeses, marmite on fresh bread toast, maybe a croissant and a glass of wine or cold beer. None would be possible without yeast. “It’s an incredible thing”, says Elda Lerm, International Product Manager of Anchor Yeast in Cape Town. […]

Sunday May 17th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Yeast; The Silent Winemaker

Woman returns stolen beer stein 55 YEARS after she pinched it!

Woman returns stolen beer stein 55 YEARS after she pinched it! by Phoebe French in TheDrinksBusiness.com   Celeste Sweeney An American woman has cleared her guilty conscience after she returned a stolen stone beer mug to Munich’s Hofbräuhaus, 55 years after she originally took it. Celeste Sweeney, 73 and from the US state of Maryland, […]

Saturday May 9th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Woman returns stolen beer stein 55 YEARS after she pinched it!

Ancient Underwater Winemaking Technique Revived

5 Days and 2,500 Years Under the Sea: Ancient Underwater Winemaking Technique Revived By Shawn Zylberberg in Wine Spectator   One of the most prized wines of ancient Rome was made with a very unusual step. An Italian winemaker heard it hadn’t been recreated in millennia: “I’ll do it”  What kind of wine were Roman […]

Saturday May 2nd, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Ancient Underwater Winemaking Technique Revived

Malolactic Fermentation in Reds Wines

Malolactic Fermentation in Reds Wines – Best Explanation Ever by Jo Diaz, The Wine Blog Winemaker Patrick Melley of Russian Hill Estate Winery  just answered this question of Malolactic Fermentation. And for wine beginners (or intermediates, like me), this doesn’t get any better. As one of our clients, I get to edit for the winery on […]

Saturday April 25th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Malolactic Fermentation in Reds Wines

A Winemaker and a Billionaire Turn a Bay Area Island Into a Booze Destination

A Winemaker and a Billionaire Turn a Bay Area Island Into a Booze Destination The former Mare Island Naval Shipyard is now home to a buzzy distillery Contributed by Elin McCoy in Bloomberg Drinks   Dave Phinney Credit: Margaret Pattillo/Savage & Cooke Napa Valley wiz winemaker Dave Phinney thinks big. Very big. Premium red-blend trendsetter? Check. […]

Saturday April 18th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on A Winemaker and a Billionaire Turn a Bay Area Island Into a Booze Destination

Farmed Burgundy black truffles successfully harvested in Sonoma County

Farmed Burgundy black truffles successfully harvested in Sonoma County by Gary Quakenbush North Bay Business Journal   Robert Chang, managing director and chief truffle officer of the American Truffle Company, holds the first harvested Burgundy Black Truffle from the Otellini Truffle Orchard in Sonoma in 2020 using the company’s scientific cultivation technology. (American Truffle Company […]

Saturday April 4th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Farmed Burgundy black truffles successfully harvested in Sonoma County

On the Semantics of Minerality

On the Semantics of Minerality By Dwight Furrow in Food and Wine Aesthetics If you have been wondering about the state of research into minerality in wine, Alex Maltman in Decanter has you covered. He summarizes all the latest theories about minerality and supporting scientific evidence for them and ends up concluding—well, we still don’t know what it […]

Sunday March 15th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on On the Semantics of Minerality

IN FOCUS: CALIFORNIA CABERNET

IN FOCUS: CALIFORNIA CABERNET By Lucy Shaw in The Drinks Business     Bill Harlan has created a California first growth in cult Napa Cabernet Harlan. Photo credit: Olaf Beckman When property developer Bill Harlan founded Harlan Estate in 1984 in the western hills of Oakville, clearing 16 hectares of forest on his prized plot […]

Sunday March 8th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on IN FOCUS: CALIFORNIA CABERNET