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

    The Topsy-Turvy Vineyards Of Babcock Winery.

    The Topsy-Turvy Vineyards Of Babcock Winery. Bryan Babcock & WineSnark tour Babcock Vineyards in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation of the Central Coast. From the back seat of Bryan Babcock’s Volkswagen I noticed something unusual about his vineyards. The grapes were experiencing an unusually early onset of veraison (when grapes soften and change color) but it wasn’t the patch- ...

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      Time to Show Us Your Stuff: Austin County Wine Show & Non-Commercial Competition

      Vintage Texas Blog - - 5 readers - Time to Show Us Your Stuff: Austin County Wine Show & Non-Commercial Competition Are you an non-commercial or amateur wine maker? Well, show us your stuff. This is a professionally judged competition that will give you a side-by-side comparison of how your wines stack up versus other wines. The annual Austin County Wine Show and noncommercial wine competition will be held Oc ...

      Canadian Wine Harvest 2014: BC, Ontario, Quebec, NS Winemakers Weigh In

      Natalie MacLean - - 5 readers - Join us Friday morning on Global Television as we discuss how the Canadian wine harvest is going from coast to coast. In the meantime, here are reports from the field: winemakers from British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia give their impressions of how the 2014 harvest is looking so far. Tantalus Vineyards David Paterson, Winemaker, Tantalus Vineyards, British Columbi ...

      This Crush Is Almost Done

      notes from the winemaker - - 5 readers - 03 Oct 2014 at 22:34 John Kelly Harvest, Journal, Vineyard, Winemaking, Winery This crush is nearly over for me. In my last post I talked about leaving Westwood and starting something new. Thanks to all who have contacted me expressing support. I assure everyone that leaving Westwood has not been especially traumatic.

      A cultivated tale of two Okanagan wineries

      Godello - - 5 readers - Blue Mountain Vineyards Photo: (c) Some wine is made all in the family. These days I am particularly intrigued by the ancestral homestead turned grape-growing entity. This past summer I paid a visit to Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Valley.

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      Winners at the 2014 Austin County Wine Show

      … for further winemaking challenges. He said, “I’m still trying to find the Holy Grail for making a Black Spanish red table wine.” John, as you well know, many have tried and very few have succeeded. Perhaps it will be next year for you. Maybe it will be a Black Spanish/Syrah blend. Congrats to you and all participants and winners of this year’s Austin County Wine Show. …

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      Keeping Up with Our Home Winemaking

      …Keeping Up with Our Home Winemaking Adding must to the press Since arriving back from our visit to the Catalonia region of Spain, where we visited with winemakers and cava producers, we have been busy with our own winemaking. Late last week we visited a company in Jessup, Maryland that sells wine grapes in 36-pound lugs and grape juice to home…

      2 readers - By Wine Trail Traveler

      Seven Martinis shaken, not stirred

      … in September, with the obliging and expedient assistance of parent company E. & J. Gallo and their Ontario facilitator, Praxis PR. Mike Martini opened with “we’re shaken, not stirred.” How refreshing is truth spoken without pretense. Very. Martini took over the winemaking duties in 1977. “All of us put in something, mostly personality.” The Cabernet…

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      Fourth-annual Garagiste Festival returning to Paso Robles Nov. 6-9

      …More than 70 artisan “garagiste” winemakers will pour their wines at the only festival devoted to the smallest of the small producers — many of whom produce just one or two barrels. California’s Garagiste Festivals debuted in Paso Robles in November 2011, and two years later expanded to Solvang via “Southern Exposure,” held in late March…

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      A hip of wine from Hidden Bench

      … (of the Paralobesia Viteana or female Grape Berry Moth) in the vineyards. Confuses the hell out the males. Translation: No insecticides. Harald is proud to say this about Marlize. “Winemaking is an artfully applied science.” This was Beyers’ answer to the age-old question,”art or science?” So it goes without saying that grapes are picked on flavour…

      1 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      Have you ever thought about Making Your Own Wine at Home?

      …. Lori gives us creative recipes for making grape, fruit, and herb wines. From Fox Chapel’s Website… It’s easier than you think to make wonderful wine at home. Get started today with this practical guide to making your first bottle of perfect homemade wine. Author Lori Stahl demystifies essential winemaking techniques with friendly, jargon-free…

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      Viña Koyle: Cristóbal, Carmenere & Auma

      … winemaking. Beginning at Franciscan Estates in Napa, California in 2001, he later traveled, in 2002, to Rosemount Estates in Australia and then the famed Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux, France. In 2003, he was recruited to become the lead enologist at Vina Kaiken in Argentina. However, he was eventually drawn back to Chile, to become the chief winemaker…

      4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      A cultivated tale of two Okanagan wineries

      …Blue Mountain Vineyards Photo: (c) Some wine is made all in the family. These days I am particularly intrigued by the ancestral homestead turned grape-growing entity. This past summer I paid a visit to Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards in Nova Scotia’s Gaspereau Valley. Mike Lightfoot‘s apple farm has transformed…

      5 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      Harvest 2014: Week 11 – The End…Almost

      … that it can be enjoyed by more than just us but only time will tell. It’s been an amazing year for Pinot Noir and I’ve been fortunate to have been a part of it. This will conclude my weekly harvest coverage. Usually I go all the way through to week 14 but this year just doesn’t warrant it. Next Monday I will be back to my usual blog topics. Once again, if there are any interesting winemaking topics that anyone wants more information on feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you want to read about.…

      3 readers - By Nova Cadamatre

      From VINTAGES for Thanksgiving, in wine and with song

      … amplified soundgarden of floral proclivity. The cool vintage made demands for a choate winemaking process, all in the name of freshness. Vosges forests provided the bulk of the wood (15 per cent or less new oak), barrel ageing was ceased at 13 months and limited stirring in older barrels were all performed in the name of carrying the freshness name…

      4 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      TTB publishes ruling establishing 11 new AVAs within Paso Robles

      …It’s official: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) today published its final decision in the Federal Register, creating 11 new American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) within the existing Paso Robles AVA in San Luis Obispo County. The 11 new sub AVAs: Adelaida District, Creston District, El Pomar District, Paso Robles Estrella District…

      3 readers - By Central Coast Wine Press

      A Year in Burgundy [Film Review]

      …'One year with the people who make wine like no-one else in the world' I'm not much of a theater-goer, and, for the most part, most wine-related movies (documentaries) are not being shown in the local multiplex anyway. It's great when I get the opportunity then to see a wine documentary at home. This week, over several evenings, I watched "A Year…

      4 readers - By Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Wine

      Taste Ontario’s polarity of personality

      …Ontario home cooking Photo: ( Wine Country came to town last week betwixt what has seemed like the most expansive sectarian LCBO campaign in recent memory, or possibly ever. Hashed out, tagged and promoted by such catch slogans as #LCBOtastelocal, #LCBOGoLocal and #LoveLocal, Ontario’s wine superstars have been dancing…

      1 readers - By Michael Godel/ Godello

      Former “Tasting Panel” returns as “Thursday’s Bottle”

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