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Science Has It: Drinking Red Wine Enhances Exercise Performance

Science Has It: Drinking Red Wine Enhances Exercise Performance By Robert Locke from Lifehack.org   Can it really be true? You mean, you can just have a glass of red wine and avoid those sweat drenching sessions at the gym? Well, not exactly, but recent studies have shown that red wine does contain one ingredient […]

Sunday November 8th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Science Has It: Drinking Red Wine Enhances Exercise Performance

The Climate Phenomenon that Produces Wines with ‘Electric Acidity’

The Climate Phenomenon that Produces Wines with ‘Electric Acidity’ By Kathleen Willcox in Wine Enthusiast Illustration by Julia Lea   A winemaker is tied to their ability to predict and understand obscure climatic tics. The analysis of weird winds, funky fogs and other esoteric ephemera generally remain confined to the fringes of the wine world, […]

Sunday November 1st, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on The Climate Phenomenon that Produces Wines with ‘Electric Acidity’

Hand harvesting isn’t the half of it

Hand harvesting isn’t the half of it by Hannah Fuellenkemper in The Morning Claret I hate the hoorah implied by ‘hand-picked’. I hate it more round about the fourth-plus week of repetitive vineyard work. At the worst of times in the vines, ‘bored’ is an understatement. But ‘hand-picked’ is a misrepresentation. Not everything is blockbuster […]

Sunday October 25th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Hand harvesting isn’t the half of it

Under the Influence…

Under the Influence… From On the Wine Trail in Italy by Alfonso Cevola   We’ve all had lots of time to think. I’ve written a dozen dystopian blog posts in my head. And I’ve pondered over Italy and what it means to me and others. And still, I can’t help thinking, how have these past […]

Sunday October 11th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Under the Influence…

Brix: the sweet spot for grape harvest

Brix: the sweet spot for grape harvest by Lee Allen in Western Farm Press   Grapes grow to their proper maturity on a vine in Sonoma County, Calif. The Cambridge English Dictionary defines ‘sweet spot’ as “the situation or combination of things that is the best or most effective possible.” Grape growers have a slightly […]

Sunday September 27th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Brix: the sweet spot for grape harvest

The Challenge of Hybrid Grape Varietals

The Challenge of Hybrid Grape Varietals by Dwight Furrow in foodandwineaesthetics.com   A recent article by Jamie Goode on the need for the wine community to embrace hybrid grape varietals raises an important set of issues. Most of the wines we drink are made from the grape species Vitis vinifera. But these varietals cannot survive cold […]

Saturday September 26th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on The Challenge of Hybrid Grape Varietals

Chardonnay, Our Most Beloved Globetrotter Grape

Chardonnay, Our Most Beloved Globetrotter Grape Contributed by Britt Karlsson Forbes.com What can you say about Chardonnay that has not already been said? Chardonnay is grown all over the world and is the most written about of all grapes. It is planted in more than 40 countries. With almost 500,000 acres, it is in second […]

Friday September 4th, 2020 in Articles, Spotlights | Comments Off on Chardonnay, Our Most Beloved Globetrotter Grape

Malolactic Fermentation in Red 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 […]

Sunday August 30th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Malolactic Fermentation in Red Wines

Cabernet Franc Is on the Rise in Napa

Cabernet Franc Is on the Rise in Napa by Shana Clarke VinePair.com Cabernet Sauvignon Courtesy of Caladan is indisputably Napa’s premier red grape. But lately, Cabernet Franc has been gaining fresh attention among winemakers in the region. In the past few years, the grape has been making its way in more single-varietal bottlings and blends. […]

Saturday August 22nd, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on Cabernet Franc Is on the Rise in Napa

The wine world keeps changing.

The wine world keeps changing. This essential reference book shows how. By Dave McIntyre The Washington Post The World Atlas of Wine, 8th Edition authors Johnson and Robinson. (Mitchell Beazley) “Wine is the one thing we buy to eat or drink where we can tell just from looking at the label exactly which spot on […]

Sunday August 16th, 2020 in Articles | Comments Off on The wine world keeps changing.