Agriculture

    Celebrate Food Sovereignty Day: Miguel Altieri (Video)

    After attending a panel on afro-ecology hosted at Berkeley's Brower Center recently, I've started auditing the agro-ecology class at U.C. Berkeley starting this week. If we believe that wine is food - a concept traditionally embraced in Europe - we can think more about how wine production fits into the broader food production system.

    7 readers - By Pam Strayer/ Organic Wines Uncorked

    Ann Sperling bridges the past with the future at her family’s historic property in Kelowna

    KELOWNA, B.C. — It is another gorgeous day in the Okanagan Valley, the early summer vines off to a vigorous start as the sun beats down uninterrupted as it is wont to do in this picturesque wine region. Ann Sperling emerges from the vines, disheveled from a morning’s workout toiling in the small vineyard situated near the tasting facility.

    6 readers - By Rick Vansickle/ Wines In Niagara

      A trio from Therapy Vineyards

      John Schreiner on wine - - 5 readers - Photo: Therapy winemaker Steve Latchford A trio of wines has just been released by Naramata’s Therapy Vineyards includes, as usual, winemaker Steve Latchford’s excellent winemaking notes. There is detail here not often revealed by other winemakers. I don’t think it is that most winemakers want to keep secrets, but merely that consumers and wine reviews would not understand some ...

      Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 2

      Hoot n Annie - - 4 readers - A couple of weeks ago we gave you Part One of a Q&A I did via email with Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery here in Paso Robles and now…wait for it…part 2. Chris is a very interesting guy who has traveled all over the world doing this wine thing. I’ve heard some great stories from him so if you ever get the chance to chat him up for a bit make him tell you some.

      Robert H. Fritz of Solaro Estate Winemaker Profile

      Texas Wine Lover - - 4 readers - The post Robert H. Fritz of Solaro Estate Winemaker Profile appeared first on Texas Wine Lover. Robert H. Fritz is the winemaker and co-owner at Solaro Estate now with two locations. The primary winery is located in Dripping Springs and a new Urban Winery is in Houston. Solaro Estate has been winning many awards with their Texas wines including wines from their large estate vineyard.

      France's Languedoc hit by worst floods in 60 years

      Decanter - - 4 readers - Two months of rainfall in just three hours has caused extreme flooding in France's Languedoc region, prompting concerns about damage to vineyards during the 2014 harvest. Image credit: Midi-Libre Officials have declared 73 communes in the Herault area of Languedoc, near to Montpellier, as disaster zones after what weather body Meteo France described as the region's worst flooding for 60 years.

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      A trio from Therapy Vineyards

      … hours of skin contact with a special enzyme, were all designed to capture the aromatics which these four varietals have in abundance. The wine begins with aromas of peach, melon and citrus, leading to flavours of green apple and lime. Good acidity balances the residual sweetness here. The wine has a long but zesty finish. 90. Therapy Vineyards Pinot…

      5 readers - By John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine

      Celebrate Food Sovereignty Day: Miguel Altieri (Video)

      …After attending a panel on afro-ecology hosted at Berkeley's Brower Center recently, I've started auditing the agro-ecology class at U.C. Berkeley starting this week. If we believe that wine is food - a concept traditionally embraced in Europe - we can think more about how wine production fits into the broader food production system. Since…

      7 readers - By Pam Strayer/ Organic Wines Uncorked

      If you want a Moniker Wine, name it that… Moniker Wines

      …. The members of PS I Love You were pouring their wines to go along with chef’s dishes. It was then that I learned of Tim’s sharp wit and great marketing savvy. Now, his next generation has joined his wine company… Chase Thornhill, his son, has been given Moniker Wines to market, among his other duties, and success will be his. According to Chase…

      4 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      SOAHC Biodynamic Wines in BC – CHAOS Cimanydoib Seniw ni CB

      … The first biodynamic wine I tasted was at a wine tasting at the South World Wine Society. The topic was not biodynamic wines at all. I do not remember the topic, other than it was red wines from Australia, and it happened that one of the bottles was from a biodynamic winery. That wine tasted more alive and vibrant than all the other wines…

      3 readers - By Karl Mywinepal/ MyWinePal

      Refugio Ranch – a hideway for the stars

      …, and the careful maintenance of the land is evident by the sprawling gardens, oak trees, and agriculture use. There is no monoculture here. The Grape Whisperer, aka vineyard manager Ruben Solorzano, carefully selected blocks and varieties that he thought would best suit the property. Winemaker Ryan Deovlet began producing these amazing wines in 2011…

      3 readers - By Luscious Lushes

      Paso Robles Water Wars: Can It Happen in Solano County?

      … as it is in Paso Robles, where the sight of dusty ridges suggest a crisis even more alarming that our third year of drought. The aquifer that feeds Paso Robles agriculture has declined dramatically and the expansion of vineyards is being blamed. The result? In the last two years, while wineries have converted 4,000 acres of range land into vineyards…

      2 readers - By dot-wine

      What’s Ahead for Amarone? Looking Beyond This Year’s Soggy Vintage

      … than release an inferior product under his own label. No Amarone, maybe no Ripasso, no money wine this year … for some. How can someone just walk away from their money wine? Well, the first answer is that wine is agriculture and Mother Nature often makes the call for you (something that growers in Valpolicella already know since they live an area…

      4 readers - By Mike Veseth/ The Wine Economist

      France's Languedoc hit by worst floods in 60 years

      … described as the region's worst flooding for 60 years. Entire vineyards have been submerged in some places, although it is hoped many have already picked their grapes for the 2014 vintage. The regional chamber of agriculture was still assessing damage on Tuesday night (30 September). There have been conflicting damage reports so far. Around 200 winemakers…

      4 readers - By Decanter

      Discovering Treasure in Horse Heaven Hills

      … and eventually added row crops becoming the first to supply bags of baby carrots to Costco. Still in the business of diversified agriculture - carrot, onion and many other crops grow between vineyard plots. The story of the Andrews family began with George Smith and his son-in-law Bob Andrews. Smith busted out 100,000 acres of scrubland himself before…

      2 readers - By Jade Helm/ Tasting Pour

      Q&A – Chris Cameron of Broken Earth Winery, Part 2

      … a common approach. Much blame has been leveled at agriculture but this is ill-informed. Water is simple, like power, fuel etc., the more you use the more you pay but……everyone has to contribute. Water of groundwater use is inevitable to determine exactly what the current status is and how best to address it. I have attended many meetings on the water…

      4 readers - By Hoot n Annie

      Robert H. Fritz of Solaro Estate Winemaker Profile

      … by the vineyards to hang out and enjoy what all of our lives, in the winemaking world, are about. What’s the greatest part about being a winemaker? Personally, my other world starts and finishes with a legal case. Winemaking encompasses history, patience, and the future of every vintage. What is your winemaking philosophy, that is, what are you trying…

      4 readers - By Texas Wine Lover

      VALES PASSES POWERFUL GREEN AROUND

      … of other agriculture and horticulture industries, so the opportunities for Australian agribusiness are only limited by imagination and commitment,” he said. “We look forward to supporting growers and regions as they adopt Sustainable Australia Winegrowing to meet their regional needs and, ultimately, to ensure Australia possesses the most…

      1 readers - By Philip White/ drinkster

      Thursday Sips & Nibbles

      … cheese - $15); Roasted Figs (wrapped in prosciutto with gorgonzola, aged balsamic – $16); and, Bibb Lettuce (apples, walnuts, blue cheese, walnut vinaigrette - $14). For housemade pasta selections, seasonal favorites include: Pumpkin Ravioli (lobster, mascarpone, brown butter, sage - $18/$36); Corn Raviolini (pancetta, corn, rock shrimp, white wine…

      1 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie