Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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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 […]

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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 […]