Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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Planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale

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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Symbiosis in the Alentejo ~ Wine Grape Growing and Olive Grove Harvesting

The Old World, brought to me gratis of Enoforum Wines… My exposure to Portugal was a paradigm shift in so many ways. It helps that my DNA dates back to Europe, because it was a return to my roots, and recentered my origins. I’ve traced two forefathers to Scotland and England in the mid 1600s. […]

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Viticulture in Astrological Cycles ~ a.k.a. Biodynamic

Years ago, a friend, who was studying astrology, sat with his ephemeris and told me not only what I knew about myself within my astrology chart, but he also told me things that I hadn’t wanted to admit to myself. I knew those facts about myself to be true, but I hadn’t yet faced them. […]

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An Alice in Wonderland Life as The Taylor Family Vineyards’ Door Opened

From Then to Now As I reflect upon my own life’s extensive work, it’s been one that’s opened impressive doors to a lot of privilege and honor. Why did I get to be the one backstage with rock n’roll’s brightest stars, in Portland Maine, and be allowed to photograph them for national trade magazine submissions? […]

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Sustainable Viticulture ~ Vine Health Made Simple

Growing up with a grandmother who made it through the Great Depression had (and still has) its advantages; many of them having to do with being sustainably sound; i.e., growing all of her own foods for the summer, winter, and spring months… from growing to canning, freezing, pickling, and making jams and jellies. I even […]

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Compromise is on the Horizon for Bucolic Suisun Valley

For about 10 years, I was an active player in spreading the word on Suisun Valley’s presence. The region had been given grants from the town of Fairfield and the Solano Irrigation District. Suisun growers were given 10 years to get themselves onto the wine maps, and they did it… Today, Diaz Communications has a […]

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Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

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 to me, including […]

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Every Single Wine Grape Variety Has Its Own Unique Leaf

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; which […]

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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 […]

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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, […]