Archive for the ‘Vineyards’ Category

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Symbiosis in the Alentejo ~ Wine Grape Growing and Olive Grove Harvesting

The Old World, brought to me gratis of Enoforum Wines… My exposure to Portugal was a paradigm shift in so many ways. It helps that my DNA dates back to Europe, because it was a return to my roots, and recentered my origins. I’ve traced two forefathers to Scotland and England in the mid 1600s. […]

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Viticulture in Astrological Cycles ~ a.k.a. Biodynamic

Years ago, a friend, who was studying astrology, sat with his ephemeris and told me not only what I knew about myself within my astrology chart, but he also told me things that I hadn’t wanted to admit to myself. I knew those facts about myself to be true, but I hadn’t yet faced them. […]

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Sustainable Viticulture ~ Vine Health Made Simple

Growing up with a grandmother who made it through the Great Depression had (and still has) its advantages; many of them having to do with being sustainably sound; i.e., growing all of her own foods for the summer, winter, and spring months… from growing to canning, freezing, pickling, and making jams and jellies. I even […]

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Compromise is on the Horizon for Bucolic Suisun Valley

For about 10 years, I was an active player in spreading the word on Suisun Valley’s presence. The region had been given grants from the town of Fairfield and the Solano Irrigation District. Suisun growers were given 10 years to get themselves onto the wine maps, and they did it… Today, Diaz Communications has a […]

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Exclusively Yours ~ Square Peg ~ Once in a Lifetime Winery

Travel with me on the Graton Road, in Green Valley of Russian River Valley. We’re heading toward the Forest Primeval. And, we’re feeling pretty much the way Yegor Chernykh must have felt, in 1836. Who was Yegor, you ask? An excellent question… Yegor was a Russian Agronomist, sent from his homeland to the new world. […]

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Constructing a soil monolith with Vineyard Soil Technologies

[Photo Credit: Lori Knapp, The Rubin Family of Wines] I just recommended Vineyard Soil Technologies in my story entitled, “Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner…” The Rubin Family of Wines has taken advantage of their soil preserved in a Monolith, in order to educate others who visit the winery, who would […]

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Thinking About the Mountaintop ~ Justin Style ~ While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Good, better, best: never let it rest, until the good is better and the better is best…

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Robert Biale Vineyards ~ A New Generation ~ the Founding Partnership

This is Day 3 of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. Yesterday, I attended the Robert Biale Vineyards’ Vintage […]

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VIT 101 ~ 2 ~ VINES and DISEASES

VIT 101 continued from last Monday… APRIL 8, 2015: Vines are trained in two different ways. This is the other way, with cordons being discussed in last week’s Viticulture blog. It’s called a “head pruned vine.” The trunk grows up, each spring it grows canes (with leaves, shoots, and tendrils). It then is pruned back […]

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Integrated Pest Management: Cats, bats, birds, and dogs in the vineyards

Oh, the discoveries of integrated pest management… CATS: My first lesson came just after I arrived in California… while waiting for a full-time job at a winery. I had secured a part-time job at Belvedere, who had a winery cat. Watching that cat turned into a project that was such fun. I had no idea […]