Archive for the ‘Viticulture’ Category

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2019 HARVEST AT MAISON BRUNO PAILLARD

[All images in this blog posting are the property of Bruno Paillard. Please do not copy..] If you’ve missed the latest harvest results for Champagne this year, I’m going to share it with you. Having been in France this past August, I can only imagine the struggles that they felt (extreme heat and grapes of […]

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Fairness in Pricing ~ Suisun Valley is Only Asking for its Fair Share

When I began working with Suisun Valley, some 14 years ago, I was taken to one section of a vineyard, where Napa Valley crosses over into Suisun Valley. I was shown the northern part of the road (Napa Valley side) and was told the grapes from the same contiguous vineyard were selling for $3,000 a […]

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Charles Krug Winery ~ An American Dynasty of the Best Kind

When I first came to California, I had solid PR credentials. With 11 years in WBLM radio broadcasting as their publicist, I knew all about radio broadcasting and not only creating, but also keeping their public file. What I didn’t have was the slightest knowledge about wine. Still, I was ready to take it on. […]

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Petaluma Gap Wines ~ Wildly Flavorful

[PHOTO: Dr. Mark Greenspan, borrowed from his Advanced Viticulture Website] From the famed viticulture expert Dr. Mark Greenspan in a Petaluma Gap Newsletter: According to viticulturist Mark Greenspan in this Wine Business Monthly article, “Wind is a significant factor in many regions [including] the Petaluma Gap of Sonoma County… We see thicker skins and more intense color in […]

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Colonnara Viticultori in Cupramontana ~ In the Castelli di Jesi region of Le Marche

[PHOTO: Jo Diaz – Cupramontana Headquarters] To understand wine, first we need understand its culture and people. The first time I wrote that was in 2009, just prior to a trip to Portugal. This thought was just reaffirmed, as I’m newly returned from an Italian adventure, in the epicenter of the Renaissance. This story is about […]

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Beaujolais News from Georges Dubœuf ~ Beautiful Grapes and Magnificent Vines

I’ve had communications with Georges Dubœuf’s wine company. I’ve had a very insightful phone interview with Franck. For two years in a row, I received a bottle of their Celebration of Beaujolais Day — Beaujolais Nouveau — each year with a very festive, very fun tie to celebrate. They’re so cool.  Quintessential is their exclusive US […]

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TOP 10 US Wineries Whose Vineyards Present an Extraordinary Biological Diversity in 2017

Biome Makers is an AgTech bioinformatics startup, which specializes in identifying and understanding the microbiome. They provide comprehensive analysis of agricultural and industrial processes. And, Biome Makers uses the power of DNA sequencing to provide detailed insight and recommendations, which allows their clients to improve the output of their fields and the quality of their […]

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New Irrigation Cleaning Treatment Saves Farmer’s Water, Time, and Skin ~ PhytoCat

I received the following information from David Prum, about PhytoCat Irrigation Cleaning. David got my attention. The following information has a lot of merit. Imagine successful irrigation cleaning without caustic chemicals? This new irrigation system goes straight to being really clean, without anything corrosive in the process. The savings to longevity of your vineyard workers’ […]

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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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Current Issues in Vineyard Health Program at UC Davis is on December 5

Disclosure: Public Service Announcement From UC Davis, this is a reminder about the upcoming Current Issues in Vineyard Health course, offered by UC Davis Extension scheduled. It will be held on Tuesday, December 5. The course is lead by Dr. Deborah Golino, Director of Foundation Plant Services, and UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of […]