Viticulture

    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?

    …, North Dakota, Boulder, Colorado, San Francisco and more.” (24th August 2014): Ecologist ~ Cancer deaths double in Argentina’s GMO agribusiness areas Cancer Deaths Double in Argentina’s GMO Agribusiness Areas: A report by the Ministry of Health in Córdoba, Argentina reveals that deaths from cancerous tumours are double the national average in areas…

    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 knits…

    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

    … 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…

    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 Jo Diaz/ Wine Blog