Archive for the ‘Wine Making’ Category

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The Most Special Time for Champagne ~ That’s a joke, right?

When is there never a special, or non-special, time for Champagne? Winesellars Ltd. just sent this to me, “It’s time to start drinking Champagne—all the time.”  I left them in the dust on this one a l-o-n-g time ago, like any of our 365 days in the year, I’m on it. But, I do know […]

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Global Climate is Shifting: UC Davis Discussion Invites You to Understand the Impact on Grape Growing

One of the best places in California for studying and scientifically understanding the wine industry is UC Davis. I’m not sure when you realized that global warming was a true warning. I heard it in the 60s and began to do my part. It’s been a somewhat lonely road, quite honestly, but I am thankful […]

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Addressing Racism in Wine ~ From a Unique Perspective

Let’s just say, I have stories I can tell and some I can’t. It would rock the wine world with disclosures. So, yes, from a personal perspective it exists. I have a blended marriage, I married the love and light of my life, who also happens to be Puerto Rican. Our love is quite private, […]

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Wine of the Week ~ Chianti 2018 DOCG Renzo Masi & C. Rufina, Italy

A piece of my heart was deliberately left in Chianti Country, during a visit to Tuscany, with the Bluest Sky Import Group. A life-altering education, every time I’ve headed out to “be there,” smell the terroir, feel the earth, see the vines, taste the wines, and ask questions (even if some sound like I just […]

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Lucas & Lewellen Sustainably Crafted is Just So Fine ~ An Interview with Mike Lewellen

Lucas & Lewellen sustainably crafted is just so fine is not an overstatement, it’s what I’ve experienced and happy to write about it. First, I got the wine. Next, I tasted it, and found it to be really lovely. The elements of femininity really shined through. Then I discovered Lucas & Lewellen has a female […]

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Episode 4 – Kerry Damskey – Winemaking in Costa Rica

[PHOTO: Kerry Damskey’s image of the Costa Rica property.] Kerry Damskey is the proprietor of Terriors, Inc., which couldn’t be a more appropriate name for what he’s doing. From his Website declaration: With over 30 years experience, Kerry Damskey has created the first fully integrated and holistic wine consulting team in the wine business, applying […]

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Episode 2 ~ Kerry Damskey Talks About Making Wine in India

From a time of great success, in his 40’s, Kerry Damskey hit his own personal ceiling goals, as a winemaker and then as a consultant. For some, it’s called a mid-life crisis. For others, it’s a time to further bloom, and that what happens next. (Consider, Robert Mondavi started Robert Mondavi in his 50s, for […]

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Malolactic Fermentation in Reds Wines – Best Explanation Ever

Winemaker Patrick Melley of Russian Hill Estate Winery  just answered this question of Malolactic Fermentation. And for wine beginners (or intermediates, like me), this doesn’t get any better. As one of our clients, I get to edit for the winery on occasion. This was one of those times, but only on the technical business writing […]

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Why Beaujolais Nouveau? ~ History Holds the Answers

[PHOTO: Denis Lapaler, winemaker for Les Vins Georges Duboeuf] Le beaujolais nouveau est arrive! Beaujolais had always made a vin de l’année, to celebrate the end of the harvest. Until World War II, it was only for local consumption. Today, it’s become a worldwide phenomenon, due to some important actions taken by the Georges Duboeuf […]

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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 […]