Viticulture

    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 knits…

    9 readers - By Wine Blog

    Walk in the Clouds: Winemaking in the Movies

    …In anticipation of the Toronto Film Festival #TIFF kicking off this week, this is the first in a series of articles about wine in the movies. First, I’d like to nominate a few of my favourite Oscar-worthy Canadian wines in honour of TIFF being held in Toronto: Featherstone Black Sheep Riesling Flat Rock Cellars Gravity Pinot Noir Painted Rock Red…

    3 readers - By Natalie MacLean

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

    … 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 Wine Blog

    Writing you don’t see, revealed… Cadaretta’s Soil Composition at Southwind Vineyard

    …. It was he who Rick Middleton, whose family company owns both Southwind Vineyard and Walla Walla's Cadaretta Winery, hired to characterize and delineate his vineyard's soil types. This was done in order to begin to identify Southwind's terroir, and the flavors that might be irreplaceably ascribed to its wines. What Kevin Pogue found was an area…

    6 readers - By 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 Woodinville Wine Update

    The state of the Petite Sirah grape – Harvest 2014 and where it’s at right now

    …As I personally think about Petite Sirah for the 2014 vintage, in terms of this year's grape season, it's going down as the season of "bewitching fog" in my neighborhood. However, I'm in Russian River Valley and I'm seeing it from a very narrow band, I just found out. I decided to reach out to the members of PS I Love You, to get them to reply…

    By Wine Blog

    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…

    7 readers - By For The Love Of Port

    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 Wine Blog

    Saving Our Grapes from Birds and Other Predators

    …Last year, as we approached harvest time, I was admiring our grapes one weekend day when I realized it was time to check the sugar levels. Unfortunately, I had left my refractometer in Fairfax, which, well, wasn’t very helpful. But not to worry. I made a mental note to bring it with me to Afton the following weekend, when I was sure that the sugar…

    6 readers - By Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education

    How I Came to Love the Idea of Mechanization

    …Well, the good news is that we no longer need to hedge most of our grapevines. The bad news is that when we arrived at the vineyard two weeks ago, we found the upper third of the vines covered with Japanese Beetles who were partying as though the wine had already been made and they had just broken into the cellar. They were chowing down…

    5 readers - By Project Sunlight - A Winemaker's Education

    It’s Complicated… but does it have to be?

    …Each year, dozens of high school and college teams gather together to compete in building complex machinery to complete simple tasks. This national competition, held in celebration of cartoonist Rube Goldberg, encourages the creation of far-fetched contraptions to accomplish straight-forward tasks such as hammering a nail or turning a page. See…

    3 readers - By It's A Winederful Life