Archive for the ‘Winemaking’ Category

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Robert Biale Vineyards ~ Perpetuating and Saving Zinfandel

This is Day 4 (and the final day this week) of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. On Tuesday, […]

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Napa Valley Early Forefather Aldo Biale

This is Day 2 of a series for Robert Biale Vineyards commemorating 25 years of their dedication to preserving historic vineyards. It’s not just about growing wine grapes for the Biale team. It about history, people, wine grapes, terroir, and the best use for all of it. Today, I’m headed to the winery to enjoy […]

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Interesting Assignment, Media

For those of you wine writers, who are looking for an interesting assignment, this may be right up your alley. Richard Keenan of Kick Ranch and Overland Wines is hosting a special wine media event on Thursday, July 23, in his vineyards in Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa, California. This assignment is NOT open to the […]

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A Good Year is a Great Movie

IMAGE: LuxInteriorDesigns.com Website. LOCATION: Uncle Henry’s Chateau La Siroque is actually Chateau La Canorgue, which is set in the Provence region, Luberon, France. I loved this movie, because it’s written about our wine lifestyle, A Good Year (written by Peter Mayle and directed by Ridley Scott) has really struck me. It’s worth sharing, in case […]

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Petite Sirah FAQs ~ People are still asking, after all of these years

My very first blog posting on December 29, 2005, this was my first wine blog topic. I’m doubling back over 14 years later, and not much has changed, in terms of the questions surrounding this intriguing and exclusive wine grape variety. If you’ve been lucky to taste some spectacular ones, you’re a rare palate in […]

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Winemaking, a simply complicated passion

Facebook is the land of questions, including winemaking; especially for some of us in the wine business. If I get a winemaking question on this blog and I don’t have an answer, I turn to my winemaking friends. Last week, on my blog about “Sur Lie aging versus aging Sur Lees,” one of my readers […]

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Historic Variety: Mission Grape

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, […]

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What’s a carboy? If you’re in the wine business, and still curious…

During harvest, carboy is a good word to know, if you don’t already know it. Carboy* is a common term in winemaking. I’ve heard it now for about two decades, always wondering about the derivative. It’s usually talked about in wine cellars, and is a vessel used for a small fermentation. This is a clue […]

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Tasting Wines of Turkey for the Very First Time

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 more […]

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Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home?

Making your own wine is done by a lot of home winemakers. And, if you’ve ever thought about making your own wine, right in the comfort of your home, there’s a great new book on the market. Written by Lori Stahl, and published by Fox Chapel Publishing, Making Your Own Wine at Home is a […]