Archive for the Tag 'Viticulture'


Integrated Pest Management: Cats, bats, birds, and dogs in the vineyards

Tweet Oh, the discoveries of integrated pest management… CATS: My first lesson came just after I arrived in California… while waiting for a full-time job at a winery. I had secured a part-time job at Belvedere, who had a winery cat. Watching that cat turned into a project that was such fun. I had no […]


Retailer With Beverage Education As A Priority ~ Total Wine & More

Tweet I applaud Total Wine & More… Being on the inside of the wine business, I get to see things happening that let me know who’s who and what’s what. [Image: center is Ron Rubin, owner and president of The Rubin Family of Wines, greeting his guests.] I have been in the wine business for […]


Wine Marketing Online ~ How to use the newest tools of marketing to boost profits and build brands

Tweet Wine Marketing Online ~ How to use the newest tools of marketing to boost profits and build brands is a powerful new book by Bruce McGechan, published by Wine Appreciation Guild. Bruce McGechan has consulted wine businesses large and small, from one edge of the world to the other. He is the founder and […]


Gustafson Family Vineyards with Winemaker Emmett Reed

Tweet Gustafson Family Vineyard has been a favorite on Wine-Blog, because both owner Dan Gustafson and winemaker Emmett Reed have gone out of their way to over deliver. Both articulate gentlemen are very eager to share. Some people are just easy to be around, and that would be Dan and Emmett. There’s never been a […]


What are the Currrent Issues In Vineyard Health + Head’s up if you’re into viticulturist, U.C. Davis has a course for you

Tweet As part of a wine sales and marketing degree program at Santa Rosa Junior College, I took a viticulture class. I love the earth, and have been organic gardening since I left home in the 1960s. I’ve had a whole chapter of successfully propagating African violets, and I’ve continued to have organic vegetable gardens… I’m […]


VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES ~ Walla Walla Vintners in the Wine Cellar, Part I

Tweet While on a recent trip to Walla Walla wine country, Jose and I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Myles Anderson of the Walla Walla Vintners. We have to thank Paul Gregutt, who’s Washington state’s most valuable wine writer resource. Staying with Paul and Karen Gregutt in their lovely and homey Waitsburg cottages gave […]


A Winery in New Hampshire? Eh-yah, it’s true… Fulchino Vineyard

Tweet [Images are borrowed from Fulchino Vineyard’s Website. They show the beauty that exists in New Hampshire, under the guidance of Al Fulchino.] My deep roots in New England keep certain people close to me. I’ve not been to this winery, nor have I tasted the wine… One of my New England contacts just asked […]


Thoughts on an Obscure AVA ~ Suisun Valley’s Emergence

Tweet I’m currently writing about an obscure American Viticultural Area, called Suisun Valley. Many years ago, Rick Wood (who lives in Fairfield, California) had a dream to preserve some of Solano Country’s most rustic and precious farmland. That bucolic region is called Suisun Valley. Rick’s dream to save this area for generations to come would […]


The Non-Summer of 2010

Tweet Here we sit in August, waiting for the heat. Actually, we also waited for spring to kick in, and thought that “at least summer will come around, and warm things up a bit.” Well, were we ever wrong. I can’t remember the last time I woke up in the morning, and the sun was […]


Following The Path of One’s Passions ~ Segueing from Grape Grower into a Winemaker Role, Too

Tweet David Mounts grew up in Dry Creek Valley. Following in his father’s footsteps, he also felt the need to expand into becoming a winemaker and winery owner. And so, after lots of study and hard work, Mounts Family Winery was created. I can image why David wanted to be making wine… I’ve now seen […]