Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

Tweet 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 […]

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Viticulture 101 ~ 3

Tweet Viticulture 101 ~ 3 VIT 101: During spring, the color green is bright and vibrant in the vineyards, with all of the new foliage. You can see wine grapes growing in the background of this picture. I took this picture at Concannon Vineyard in Livermore. The reason I chose this image it to show […]

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Viticulture 101 – 2

Tweet Viticulture 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 […]

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Viticulture 101 ~ A Perspective

Tweet My background perspective of viticulture comes from college classes, being in the field, and being behind a camera for that better view. My blog is my journal about my being a wine publicist, for not only viticulture, but for enology, marketing , PR, sales, wine education, for writing about it for over 20 years… […]

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

Tweet 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 […]

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Veraison is fruit set to raisin

Tweet In California, everything in nature is coming early for 2015, as regards growth of plants. This has been the winter from hell for most of the country, but we’ve been really blessed in the Golden State. Bud break has happened: this is when a grape vine’s tiny nodes begin to burst forth with the […]

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Vintage Wine news from Friuli

Tweet From Friuli with love… The benefits of having a wine blog is that it daily continues my wine education, beyond what I’m learning and writing about our clients. Clients pay me to keep up, so that keeping up has to do with information that will benefit them directly. Yes, social media is also moving […]

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A Petite Auction – no small deal

Tweet The Ninth Annual Petite Sirah auction has become an exclusive Petite auction; the only one of its kind in the entire world. [This image was taken in 2014, just before the doors opened for Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah®.] The US is dominating in the growth of this variety, and has its own marketing group […]

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Historic Variety: Mission Grape

Tweet 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 […]

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Harvard… Hum… Brodiaea, Inc.

Tweet Harvard University, by any other name in wine country, is now called Brodiaea, Inc. When Harvard gets involved, we’re just off the normal beaten path. It’s been my experience that the learning curve is very long and steep for this industry. Investors want their profits today. The old adage of, “If you want to […]