Archive for the Tag 'Grape'


White Powder

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 dust […]


Orentano Wine

Orentano wine… “Like sands through the hour glass, these are the days of our lives.” I write that, because I first thought, “The wife of anyone can so easily be the last on the list for the services of her husband (and vice versa), so many of the times…” You know how our minds start […]


The marketing costs for a 50 dollar bottle of wine

The marketing costs for a $50 bottle of wine breaks down in the following way, within the three-tier system: 7% – cost of grapes and/or growing ~ $3.50 9% – cost of wine making ~ $4.50 4% – bottles, corks, boxes, labels ~ $2.00 2% – marketing ~ $1.00 13% – sales people, distribution from […]


Watching a vintner in the making ~ Who’s a fly on the wall?

As the director of PS I Love You, I get to be a fly on the wall and oversee some pretty amazing things.  This past year, I created an opportunity; and now, I’m watching a vintner in the making pretty closely, because it’s fascinating. Take two strongly driven women who share the same fascination with […]


Viticulture 101: Wine grapes are asexual ~ and Slide Ridge

Now that I’ve got your attention: yes, it’s true that wine grapes are asexual… Thankfully bees have plenty of other plants to pollinate, even if they don’t have to pollinate wine grapes. WineMaker Magazine: Most cultivated grapes have “perfect flowers,” with a normal ovary and pistil and fully developed, upright anthers. (In other words, they […]


VIDEO WINEMAKER SERIES ~ David Coffaro’s Historical Field Blend, by DC Productions

David Coffaro, owner and winemaker for David Coffaro Wines, discusses with Jose Diaz his 100 year old field blend vineyard, his wines, his diary, and his weather station. At least six or seven varieties have been identified by UC Davis, but there are many more vines not yet identified. He discusses how each vine looks, […]


Pips and pots ~ How old is wine, anyway?

When I’ve wondered about how old wine could possibly be, I envision a cave woman putting grapes that were brought to her in some kind of container. Her mate also brought way too many grapes, so the weight of the grapes, plus not being able to eat them all right away, began the fermenting process. […]


Days of Crimson And Clover ~ Or, do organic wines really taste better?

The 1960s, 70s, and early 80s were very good to and for me. I deliberately sacrificed a lot of materialism, for which the universe delivered copious hours to study and practice many subjects of great personal interest: nutrition and gardening, organically buying my organic foods in a “health food store” (the only place to get […]


Oregon is *Not* a One Trick Pony

I got a great E-Mail when I launched the Oregon Pinot Gris press release; which I sent by US mail, as well as over the Internet. Today, George Rose of J Wines and I are the only two people that I know who are left to do so… And, it still gets results, I’m happy […]

8 is Born

How do you follow a great Oregon Pinot Gris Symposium? Easy… with an Oregon Pinot Gris marketing group at The players who are leading the cause: Airlie Winery Christoper Bridge Cellars & Satori Springs Estate David Hill Winery Oak Knoll Winery Pudding River Wine Cellars Terrapin Cellars Yamhill Valley Vineyards These select few Oregon […]