Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category


How Can We Require Mandatory Reading ~ A Perfect Score

A Perfect Score The Art, Soul, and Business of a 21st-Century Winery Craig and Katheryn Hall ~Hall Wines The world of wine is a fabulous world. It’s down home, gutsy, and warm. As I pack up my wine library, getting ready to ship it to another world with us, I pick up magazines that I’ve […]


Historical Wine Grape Variety: Mission

The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class at Santa Rosa Junior College, taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon. It was regarding the Mission Grape’s role in California Wine Viticultural history. After my presentation, which included a tasting of a light but flavorful Malvadino Mission wine, […]


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…


Bordeaux ~ Getting to the Bottom of Left and Right Bank Soils ~ partie six

Continuing from last week’s Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie six… This Earth Snapshot image is located on this Website: Sediments in the Gironde Estuary, France, and is of The Gironde Estuary, formed by the confluence of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. I left soil for last, because its a serious, geological […]


Bordeaux ~ You Can Bank On It ~ partie cinq

In northern California, two well known appellations exist: Napa and Sonoma. They’re separated by a mountain range, the Mayacamas. (The Mayacamas Mountain name is thought to originally means “the howl of the mountain lion.” Lions still do exist on this range, you can be sure of that. I’ve seen my own and was wowed.) Sonoma […]


American AgCredit ~ Scholarship Program

I’m very familiar with American Ag Credit. They’re exemplary when it comes to supporting the farming community (which includes viticulture). The agriculture credit company has an acute understanding of how important it is to not only enrich the present generation of farmers, but to also guarantee that future farmers are provided with enrichment opportunities, too. […]


VIT 101: Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

Image via Wikipedia For all of the words that are used in writing about a vineyard’s climate terroir, there are significant differences with each. If you don’t have the luxury of a viticulture class close by, or you’re just too busy to attend a class, here’s a good primer. Vit 101 brought some interesting concepts […]


Indigenous versus Autochthonous ~ Thankful for Thomas R. Riley

There is a huge difference between Indigenous versus autochthonous, I’ve just learned. On Facebook I wrote. “Every now and then you meet someone w-a-y smarter than you. “And HE said that there are NO indigenous grape varieties in Italy.” This was in reference to an experience I had just had in San Francisco, when I […]


Suisun Valley Grape Growers hired Paul Skinner of Terra Spase

Suisun Valley Grape Growers (Suisun Valley Vintners and Grape Growers Association) hired Paul Skinner of Terra Spase to create weather stations in their pastoral appellation; and, that’s what “put them on the map.” This is according to Roger King, the president of the Suisun Valley Vintners and Winegrape Growers Association. They hired Paul Skinner during […]


Robert Biale Vineyards ~ Perpetuating and Saving Zinfandel

This is Day 4 (and the final day this week) 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. On Tuesday, […]