Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

Tweet There’s a first for everything, I know. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I even think of Turkey as a county producing wines, which just shows how naive I am, even after 20+ years in the wine business, learning everything one step at a time. I guess after 20 years, I deserve to know […]

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Current Issues in Vineyard Health to be held at UC Davis Extension

Tweet Brought to you by the UC Davis Extension Department, the following is the day’s agenda and registration information for the ‘Current Issues in Vineyard Health’ course. It is going to be held this year in the UC Davis Conference Center, on December 2, 2014. According to Deborah Golino the director of the Foundation Plant […]

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Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

Tweet Let’s consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It’s also important to note that a study handed […]

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Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner who seems to have everything

Tweet The perfect wine gift, a soil monolith… [Picture of Paul Anamosa borrowed from his Vineyard Soil Technologies Website.] It may seem a bit early to be thinking of the holidays, but wait… I’m reminded of how I used to begin to make sweaters for family members, starting in September, so I’d have enough done […]

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Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard

Tweet Cadaretta Wine’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard is a story that I wrote for our client. Because it’s for their Website, it’s got a copyright on it and stories like this I never put onto my blog ~ like so many other internal documents that I produce daily. But this one has just stuck […]

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The state of the Petite Sirah grape – Harvest 2014 and where it’s at right now

Tweet As I personally think about Petite Sirah for the 2014 vintage, in terms of this year’s grape season, it’s going down as the season of “bewitching fog” in my neighborhood. However, I’m in Russian River Valley and I’m seeing it from a very narrow band, I just found out. I decided to reach out […]

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Going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart

Tweet Yup… I’m going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart, and I don’t care. I first wrote about his on May 11, 2007. Then, I brought it up again on March 11, 2011. My most recent post for this one was on July 3, 2012. Now, it’s July 2014, and it’s […]

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60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them: Acorn Winery has an answer…

Tweet A question that I can’t help but ask, “If you grew 60 different grape varieties, what would you do with them?” The reason for asking this is that I just met with Bill and Betty Nachbaur of Acorn Winery, for a second time. I say second time, because I met with both of them, […]

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Wine Grape Varietal Leaves

Tweet Wine Grape Varietal Leaves can all be found in resource books, but I wanted my own images. 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; […]

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GMO Grape Vines in the US? They’re found in France…

Now, I wish I had come in as an entitled kid, instead of choosing the peace path. If I had come in with a silver spoon stuck in high places, I’d be able to take that money and turn it around into more earth saving preservation efforts.