Archive for the ‘VIT 101’ Category

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The Role of the Mission Cultivar in American Wine History

Let’s remember that grapes are part of the American landscape. I used to wait patiently, under my grandmother’s arbor, for her Concord (Vitis labrusca) grapes to ripen in Maine’s sunshine. She’d then put the juice right into her Concord jelly. It was always on our Thanksgiving table. Thomas Jefferson tried ever so hard to make […]

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Golf Ball Terroir ~ Welcome to Karibu

Karibu in Swahili means welcome; so Welcome to Welcome… This is part of my current learning curve, as I prepare stories for Karibu Vineyard’s new Web site. It’s in the process of being developed: Lyla Moore has created the logo. Jose’s creating the website, coding it, adding pictures, you know… You’ve all either built sites […]

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Planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale

What goes into the planting of a vineyard, by Hugh Hamilton of McLaren Vale, is worth our time. The planting of a vineyard is far from as simple as this video (below) makes it look. I got an Email from Hugh Hamilton Wines in the McLaren Vale of South Australia. Don’t we just love how […]

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Sustainable Viticulture ~ Vine Health Made Simple

Growing up with a grandmother who made it through the Great Depression had (and still has) its advantages; many of them having to do with being sustainably sound; i.e., growing all of her own foods for the summer, winter, and spring months… from growing to canning, freezing, pickling, and making jams and jellies. I even […]

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Macroclimate, Microclimate, Mesoclimate, and Canopy Climates

For all of the words that are used in writing about a vineyard’s climate terroir, there are significant differences with each. If you don’t have the luxury of a viticulture class close by, or you’re just too busy to attend a class, here’s a good primer. Vit 101 brought some interesting concepts to me, including […]

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Every Single Wine Grape Variety Has Its Own Unique Leaf

Wine Grape Varietal Leaves can all be found in resource books, but I wanted my own images. There are many wineries where I’ve worked, prior to becoming a consultant. At each one I learned a different segment of the wine business. While at Kendall-Jackson, I took advantage of Santa Rosa Junior College’s Demonstration Vineyard; which […]