Archive for the ‘Winemaking’ Category

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Amphoras as seen through the eyes of Portugal

Tweet As I’ve written previously, To Understand Portuguese Wines, One Must First Understand the People. I would add the word “history” to what must also be understood. I can now say this, most especially after having spent 10 days in Portugal last fall with Delfim Costa of Enoforum Wines. This has become abundantly clear to […]

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Mission not-so-impossible: Know your audience and then pitch it

Tweet Want to know how to get my attention? With an email that has a personal message in it, directed at me. If you send a press release to me, odds are I’m going to delete it before I even think about considering it. Why? My blog is not a journalistic news outlet resource. My […]

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Bacigalupi Vineyards ~ 50 Years of living and loving Russian River Valley

The year 2014 is a year of celebrating landmarks in the Russian River Valley, at the venerated Bacigalupi Vineyards. Three generations, including a vibrant Helen Bacigalupi, are in concert, bringing more vigor to the new family-label wines.

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Rock and Roll (R)evolution

Tweet UPDATE (May 22, 2014): Gerald Casale of DEVO has launched a wine brand: THE 50 BY 50. PRESS RELEASE: Since Pinot Noir grapes don’t thrive in Napa’s Wooden Valley, THE 50 BY 50 went to the best location nearby to purchase the fruit where they do thrive–the Sonoma Coast. GERALD explains, “Our ambitious five-year […]

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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 […]