Archive for the ‘Santa Cruz’ Category

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Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 2

An old wives’ tale is that you want warm days and cold nights. That came from, I believe, people who were growing wine in warm regions. They have to have a cool night if they have a warm day. But if they have a moderate day, they don’t need that cold night, because the heat that ripens the grapes also metabolizes acids, so they lose acidity.

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Santa Cruz Mountains Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1

It doesn’t get much better than sitting with someone trained in terroir and viticulture, and Dr. Mark Greenspan, of Advanced Viticulture, is as good as it gets.

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Santa Cruz Mountains ~ Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 2

Image via Wikipedia My earlier post was Part 1 with Dr. Mark Greenspan, of Advanced Viticulture, about the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today is the rest of my interview with this world renowned expert in Climatology. [Q] Can you define the Santa Cruz Mountains? [A] It can be defined with varieties: Two sides of the mountain… […]

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Santa Cruz Mountains ~ Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1

I didn’t know much about the Santa Cruz Mountains, until I interviewed Mark Greenspan. It doesn’t get much better than sitting with someone trained in terroir and viticulture, and Dr. Mark Greenspan, of Advanced Viticulture, is as good as it gets. I wanted to learn about the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA because I attended the […]

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Wednesdays on California’s Central Coast

The Central Coast of California is very laid back… think Santa Cruz and its granola element, Monterey and its golf courses, and Carmel with its artistic community. Nothing hurries, and unlike other viticultural areas, it’s not a “wine on steroids” destination. Wine lists in high end restaurants are bare in comparison to the North Coast. […]