Archive for the ‘Winemaking’ Category

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Pacific Star Winery ~ Sally Ottoson

Few among us remind me of the Little Red Hen… You remember, “Who wants to help me sow the seeds, to grow the wheat, to mill the seeds into flour, to make the bread for us to eat?”

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The Promised Land ~ Green Valley Roots

Green Valley comprises 3,600 of Russian River acres of the above number…. just about a fourth of Russian River Valley, and only one percent of Sonoma County in entirety.

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Hurray for Beaujolais Nouveau Day – Today, November 21, 2013

Tweet Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music, and festivals. I got an E-Mail: Hi, Jo, Be among the first to taste the new 2013 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, the first wine of the harvest! Available nationwide one stroke after midnight on November 21st, Nouveau will […]

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November update from our Oregon producer friends

Tweet I get to work with a lot of different wine companies, so I asked for a November update from our Oregon producer friends… I mostly wanted to know what harvest was like for them, even though some are still finishing up on harvest. This is why, I know, that the following wine companies were […]

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White Powder

Tweet White Powder, white dust… call it what you want; but in viticulture, it’s called yeast. I was just reminded of this in a conversation with my buddy Chef John Ash, as we were brainstorming on a project for Ron Rubin Vineyards. John was talking about how people sometimes look at grapes, see the white […]

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How much wine comes from one vine?

Tweet “How much wine comes from one vine?” you ask… The answer is going to be an average. It’s important that you know that right off the bat. I just left a vineyard where half of the fruit lay on the ground. The grapes were cut from the vine so that the last push for […]

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Rock Wall T-Rocks ~ Raising our kids on dinosaurs

Tweet Rock Wall T-Rocks ~ Raising our kids on dinosaurs was a blast. Back then, no one could pronounce any of them; so it made sense that we not only challenged our kids, we were really challenging ourselves as well, learning with our children. Let’s just say, dinosaurs were best left to the scientific nerds […]

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Mission grape’s role in California wine viticultural history

Tweet The following was a final project that I wrote for my Enology class taught by Pat Henderson, winemaker for Valley of the Moon, about 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, Pat asked for permission to use […]

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Watching a vintner in the making ~ Who’s a fly on the wall?

Tweet As the director of PS I Love You, I get to be a fly on the wall and oversee some pretty amazing things.  This past year, I created an opportunity; and now, I’m watching a vintner in the making pretty closely, because it’s fascinating. Take two strongly driven women who share the same fascination […]

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Santa Cruz Mountains ~ Terroir from Expert Dr. Mark Greenspan ~ Part 1

Tweet I didn’t know much about the Santa Cruz Mountains, until I interviewed Mark Greenspan. It doesn’t get much better than sitting with someone trained in terroir and viticulture, and Dr. Mark Greenspan, of Advanced Viticulture, is as good as it gets. I wanted to learn about the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA because I attended […]