Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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Defining terroir, it’s a science not a myth

Paul Skinner is brilliant man. Many are happy to attest to that. I only write this about him, because I recently found myself defending his brilliance to someone who just didn’t want to believe what I had come to know… about the AVA’s climate, and who Paul Skinner is in this business.

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On Average, one grape vine equals how much wine

The following are averages, because viticulturists ultimately decided how many plants there will be on one acre of land.

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What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale

Tweet 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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Why Naming your winery something provocative really matters

Tweet [Image by Siegel Photography] Naming your winery something provocative really matters… It has to be done very thoughtfully, in order to have great success. Jose and I just sat with Ron Rubin, who was going to create his own wine brand. Ron is The Republic of Tea’s owner, a brand that he bought in […]

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White Powder

Tweet White Powder, white dust… call it what you want; but in viticulture, it’s called yeast. I was just reminded of this in a conversation with my buddy Chef John Ash, as we were brainstorming on a project for Ron Rubin Vineyards. John was talking about how people sometimes look at grapes, see the white […]

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Wine Grape Leaves

Tweet There are many wineries where I’ve worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Demonstration Vineyard; which in all fairness was planted pre-K-J, when the facility was Chateau DeBaun. What’s interesting to note […]

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Orentano Wine

Tweet Orentano wine… “Like sands through the hour glass, these are the days of our lives.” I write that, because I first thought, “The wife of anyone can so easily be the last on the list for the services of her husband (and vice versa), so many of the times…” You know how our minds […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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Magical Green Valley of Russian River Valley

Tweet Originally established as Sonoma County Green Valley in 1983, the history regarding Green Valley of Russian River Valley is as old as the beginning theories of Northern California’s plate tectonics. The movement of earth masses has created an ideal wine grape growing region for Green Valley… both with its bordering mountains’ Franciscan soils and […]