Category: Articles

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 | No Comments »

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 | No Comments »

Moderate Wine Consumption Linked to Lower Risk of Lung Disease

Moderate Wine Consumption Linked to Lower Risk of Lung Disease By Douglas De Jesus from Wine Speactator     A recent study found that men who drank moderately had a lower rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. When it comes to respiratory illnesses, there are few studies exploring the link between alcohol consumption and lung […]

Sunday February 16th, 2020 in Articles | No Comments »

People to know… Andy Erickson

by Karen McNeil from WineSpeed.com   Andy Erickson is the consulting winemaker for Dalla Valle, Arietta, Dancing Hares Vineyard, Mayacamas and Ovid and is the co-owner and winemaker for Favia Wines and Leviathan. After working his first harvest at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Andy went on to study enology at the University of California, Davis, […]

Sunday February 9th, 2020 in Articles | No Comments »

Want to live longer… Drink Wine

Moderate Wine Consumption Linked to Greater Life Expectancy By Shawn Zylberberg in Wine Spectator   A new Harvard study found that people who exercised regularly, ate a healthy diet and drank in moderation lived longer   Wine and a healthy diet are two of the lifestyle habits the researchers tracked. Both were linked to longer […]

Sunday February 2nd, 2020 in Articles | No Comments »

Has the Debate Between Terroir vs. Varietal Been Settled?

Has the Debate Between Terroir vs. Varietal Been Settled? Contributed by Dwight Furrow in Edible Arts In going through some notes for a book on the philosophy of wine I’m writing, I came across an old debate that once defined the difference between new world and old world wines—the relative importance of terroir vs. varietal […]

Saturday January 25th, 2020 in Articles | No Comments »

Turning up the Heat on “Brett”

Turning up the heat on ‘Brett’ By Brandon Schrand From WSU Insider If you’ve ever had a red wine that smelled “off,” like gym socks, Band Aids, or farmyards, then you’ve likely encountered a wine affected by Brettanomyces bruxellensis (“Brett” for short)—a barrel-dwelling spoilage yeast that can taint the wine, often imparting undesirable aromas and […]

Sunday January 19th, 2020 in Articles | No Comments »

Out of grapes? Use Potatoes to make wine instead…

Out of grapes? Use Potatoes to make wine instead… by Kelly Magyarics VinePair.com   The Peruvian Farmer Crafting ‘Wine’ From High-Altitude Heirloom Potatoes There are high altitude vineyards, and then there are the fields on Manuel Choqque’s farm. Twelve thousand feet above sea level in Peru’s Sacred Valley, Choqque grows a dozen or so varieties […]

Sunday January 12th, 2020 in Articles | No Comments »

11 health benefits!

The health benefits that have been linked to drinking alcohol in moderation By Arielle Tschinkel from Insider.com Alcohol plays a prevalent role in many cultures, with many of us toasting to big life moments, enjoying happy hours with coworkers or friends, or simply indulging in a few drinks after a long, stressful day. Of course, health […]

Saturday January 4th, 2020 in Articles | No Comments »

Winemaker of the Year revealed

We end the year with the revealing of our Winemaker of the Year! It was not easy, all these great wines, all these great winemakers, but in the end, it was… Bibiana González Rave Pisoni that won the prize! Bibiana González Rave has talent and passion – passion is an understatement. She’s a fireball! Everything […]

Friday January 3rd, 2020 in Articles, Spotlights, Tasting Notes | No Comments »