Archive for the ‘Wine Making’ Category

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Defining terroir, it’s a science not a myth

Paul Skinner is brilliant man. Many are happy to attest to that. I only write this about him, because I recently found myself defending his brilliance to someone who just didn’t want to believe what I had come to know… about the AVA’s climate, and who Paul Skinner is in this business.

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Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® ~ These are the brands that want you to enjoy Petite

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah® … This coming Friday evening (February 21, 2014) is the Eighth Annual Dark & Delicious event, put on by PS I Love You… a labor of love for all included within this story. (The name says it all, really, doesn’t it?)

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Fermentation 101, the easiest way to get people to understand it

Tweet Why I’d Like to Be Reborn as a Yeast on a Chardonnay Grape is how I explained Fermentation 101. My stint at Robert Mondavi Winery as a wine educator was one of the quickest jobs I’ve ever had, while it was also the most intriguing… Within five months I got a break as a […]

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The Sweet Spot of Petite ~ Petite Sirah Port

Tweet The Sweet Spot of Petite ~ Petite Sirah Port… Dark, Delicious, and Decadent… In late 1979, the first Petite Sirah Port was produced in Napa Valley. The increase of producing a Petite Port is on the rise, as evidenced by the members of PS I Love You, when queried, “Who among you produces a […]

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The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium at Oak Knoll Winery Set Out New Marketing Directions

Tweet On Thursday, June 13, The Third Annual Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium at Oak Knoll Winery set out new marketing directions. At each and every turn, presenters took on the challenges before them, while exploring Oregon’s internal strengths and weakness, as well as their external opportunities and threats, as regards Oregon’s Pinot Gris. The leader […]

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11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard

Tweet 11th Annual Petite Sirah Symposium ~ Registration has begun ~ Sponsored by Concannon Vineyard The Link For Registering The Day’s Agenda ELEVENTH ANNUAL SESSIONS, LUNCH & TASTING: Concannon Vineyard TUESDAY JULY 23, 2013 REGISTER NOW AGENDA 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 8:40 a.m. WELCOME ~ John Concannon 8:40 – […]

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In the Vineyards with Ben Sessions of Hanzell

Tweet When I first got into the wine business just about two decades ago, my eyes were opened to a whole new world that was so exciting. I remember saying to myself, “Please, don’t ever let me take any of this for granted.” In those first years, I met a very special woman, Jean Arnold […]

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Puncheons continue to become more popular for use in winemaking

Tweet In a story by my writing buddy Larry Walker, which was publised in Wine & Vines, Larry wrote a story entitled “How Big Is Your Barrel?” It was written in February 2006, and Larry quotes barrel broker Mel Knox as saying “… in the early 1980s, he didn’t sell a single puncheon. ‘Now, I […]

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Degeneration of the wine blogosphere ~ weeding out the riff raff ~ a parable

Tweet Wine, the civilizing beverage…. I just read a story, written my friend Steve Heimoff. It’s entitled, When wine writers lose it. It’s a brilliant title, because it’s a double entendre. It had me running to my own blog site to make sure I’ve not exchanged links with the person he’s written about. Thankfully we […]

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Batonnage of a new sort at River Road Family Vineyards and Winery

Tweet Batonnage, the stirring of lees after fermentation, at River Road Family Vineyards and Winery (RRFVAW) is performed by winemakers Joe Freeman and Ed Morris in a new fan-dangled way. It’s also important to note that assistant winemaker Ed Morris worked as a cooper for 11 years, prior to coming to River Road Family Vineyards […]