Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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The Role of the Mission Cultivar in American Wine History

Let’s remember that grapes are part of the American landscape. I used to wait patiently, under my grandmother’s arbor, for her Concord (Vitis labrusca) grapes to ripen in Maine’s sunshine. She’d then put the juice right into her Concord jelly. It was always on our Thanksgiving table. Thomas Jefferson tried ever so hard to make […]

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Current Issues in Vineyard Health Program at UC Davis is on December 5

Disclosure: Public Service Announcement From UC Davis, this is a reminder about the upcoming Current Issues in Vineyard Health course, offered by UC Davis Extension scheduled. It will be held on Tuesday, December 5. The course is lead by Dr. Deborah Golino, Director of Foundation Plant Services, and UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of […]

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Heringer Estates Family Vineyard & Winery ~ Harvest 2017 ~ Looking for Grapes?

This is not a paid advertisement. It’s the result of an incoming Email from Heringer Estates. I find this particularly useful, for seeing brix’s rising levels in only one week, and what brix levels go with which varieties. Ready or not here they go! Whites, rosés, and reds are all briskly moving along. With last […]

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Golf Ball Terroir ~ Welcome to Karibu

Karibu in Swahili means welcome; so Welcome to Welcome… This is part of my current learning curve, as I prepare stories for Karibu Vineyard’s new Web site. It’s in the process of being developed: Lyla Moore has created the logo. Jose’s creating the website, coding it, adding pictures, you know… You’ve all either built sites […]

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John Caldwell Viticultural Services presents ~ The Guide to Wine Grape Clones

This book has been in my library ever since I was working with Concannon Vineyard. I was hired, because of my expertise with Petite Sirah. At that time, Concannon wanted the world to know that Concannon Vineyard was the first – ever – to varietally label Petite Sirah. I expanded my services to include everything […]

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Planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale

What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale, is worth our time. The planting of a vineyard is far from as simple as this video (below) makes it look. I got an Email from Hugh Hamilton Wines in the McLaren Vale of South Australia. Don’t we just love how […]

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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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An Alice in Wonderland Life as The Taylor Family Vineyards’ Door Opened

From Then to Now As I reflect upon my own life’s extensive work, it’s been one that’s opened impressive doors to a lot of privilege and honor. Why did I get to be the one backstage with rock n’roll’s brightest stars, in Portland Maine, and be allowed to photograph them for national trade magazine submissions? […]

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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 […]