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    Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

    Like a duck gliding slowly, wings spread wide, feet reaching for landing on a pond, we are slowly coming to the end of an extremely fast harvest. Last week we saw extreme temperatures. Extreme cold in the mid 40s and extreme heat in the mid 90s. I have seen some vineyards in Calistoga with frost damage at this point and that only reconfirms my belief that the season is coming to a close.

    6 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

    Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

    Let’s consider if Genetically Modified grape vines are ever going to be good for us… In order to do that, we have to look at studies that are being done independently, many of which are happening outside of the United States, as regards other crops. It’s also important to note that a study handed off to a university through a grant program by a corporation might as well rea ...

    5 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      Surveying the Santa Cruz Mountains: Vineyard Manager Prudy Foxx

      Hawk Wakawaka Wine Reviews - - 4 readers - Meeting Prudy Foxx, Santa Cruz Mountains In July 2013, The Sommelier Journal invited me to accompany their sommelier Terroir Experience through the Santa Cruz Mountains. There Prudy Foxx of Foxx Viticulture, the premier viticultural consultant for the region, hosted us for a tasting, and discussion of some of the unique winegrowing elements of the Mountains.

      Douro: Diversité et Assemblages

      Chez Julien - - 3 readers - Sur la scène vinicole, lorsqu’on évoque le Portugal la première chose qui vient en tête est le fameux Porto. La renommée de la région repose en grande partie sur ce vin fortifié. Au Québec (du moins), ce qui attire le plus l’attention depuis quelques années est la qualité et le bon rapport qualité-prix des vins provenant de la vallée du Douro.

      Harvest 2014: Week 9 – So Where Are We Going to Put That?

      Nova Cadamatre - - 1 readers - After the events of last week, my thoughts are that we are pretty much finished with the normal ripening process for this harvest. We had another rain storm that dropped an additional 1/2 in of rain on Calistoga and thunderstorms on Friday that brought a massive hail storm and lightning to the valley.

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      Douro: Diversité et Assemblages

      … rustiques apportés par ces raisins locaux. Pour goûter ce qui se fait de bien dans les rouges du Douro, cherchez les vins suivants sur les tablettes de la SAQ près de chez vous pour boire plus (et mieux) du Douro. Quinta da Romaneira Le domaine fait rêver. Une propriété d’un seul tenant de 400 hectares, avec près de 5 kilomètres de berges. Un hôtel…

      3 readers - By Julien Marchand/ Chez Julien

      Is the Cannon Closed Or What Does it Take for New Crosses to Become Classic Varieties?

      … of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc likely sometime in the 17th century. It took close to 400 years for Cabernet to become the king that it is. That’s not exactly a rapid rise to fame but if one was to graph acres planted over those 400 years, the exponential growth that Cab has seen over the past 50 year probably made the previous 350 look like a flat…

      5 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      Are Genetically Modified grape vines ever going to be good for wine?

      … that while we don’t know each other terribly well you are one of my favorite Facebook friends because everything you post is either beautiful, informative, or thought-provoking. Thanks for never clogging up my wall with useless crap.” Another view from someone who comments every time I write about genetically modified crops: “Judging from your last comment…

      5 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      Harvest 2014: Week 10 – Rounding Up the Stragglers

      … extremely hard to extract what color and flavors are in the skins. Maybe that is a result of the drought. Maybe the skins are thicker and harder due to the lack of water. However, this was not the case last year which was also a drought year. Quality looks good. We are just having to work harder to keep it than in 2013. It also seems to be a year of slow…

      6 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      Harvest 2014: Week 9 – So Where Are We Going to Put That?

      …After the events of last week, my thoughts are that we are pretty much finished with the normal ripening process for this harvest. We had another rain storm that dropped an additional 1/2 in of rain on Calistoga and thunderstorms on Friday that brought a massive hail storm and lightning to the valley. Luckily it doesn’t seem that any fruit…

      1 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      Soil Monolith ~ a perfect wine gift for the winery owner who seems to have everything

      … The perfect wine gift, a soil monolith… [Picture of Paul Anamosa borrowed from his Vineyard Soil Technologies.] It may seem a bit early to be thinking of the holidays, but wait… I’m reminded of how I used to begin to make sweaters for family members, starting in September, so I’d have enough done in time for the holidaze. I’d knit Icelandic…

      9 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      Walk in the Clouds: Winemaking in the Movies

      … Icon, Blue Mountain Brut Sparkling Luckett Vineyards Phone Box Red Stay tuned for more nominations this week. Now let’s travel back to 1995. Although not written as a comedy, the movie A Walk In The Clouds offered many laughs for wine lovers and winemakers alike. Keenu Reeves, a travelling salesman, meets Aitana, the beautiful daughter…

      3 readers - By Natalie Maclean/ Natalie MacLean

      Retailer With Beverage Education As A Priority ~ Total Wines & More

      … Freeman, conducting a tasting of differing alcohol percentages from the same original wine. It was a remarkable tasting.] [Winemaker Joe Freeman's glasses of wine, for his demonstration.] [A lovely pizza picnic in the vineyards with River Road Family Vineyards and Winery wines.] Tags: Alvaro Zamora, Diane DiRoma, Ed Morris, Enology, Joe Freeman, Kate Dos Santos, River Road Family Vineyards and Winery, The Rubin Family of Wines, Viticulture, Winemaking …

      3 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog

      27th Auction of Washington Wines: Success!

      …Auction of Washington Wines raises $1.8 Million for Uncompensated Care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture & Enology Program More than 2,500 attendees participated throughout 27th annual series of summer events The 27th annual Auction of Washington Wines culminated August 14-16 in Woodinville, Wash…

      By Shona Milne/ Woodinville Wine Update

      Quinta da Boavista

      …Quinta da Boavista does indeed have a spectacular view and now, more than ever, it has fantastic prospects for the future under the ownership of Lima Smith. The post Quinta da Boavista appeared first on For The Love Of Port…

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      Going down in history as a Variety versus Varietal old fart

      … trained in viticulture (who were awake during that class), and those who prefer to be grammatically correct, will go with variety and varietal as you've used them. I was pretty much denounced on a women's wine blogger group for being an old fart, not willing to get with the times. I'm okay with that... It is what it is, and those who use it incorrectly…

      8 readers - By Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog