Vineyard & Winery Activities This Season

The first quarter of 2017 is underway. Let’s see what wineries are up to… Vineyard Activities Vines are currently in the dormant stage in vineyards across California. Vineyard managers are planning their pruning strategy, which is the most important operation … Read More »

Aeration, Decantation , Oxidation and More

Many people are interested to know if our wines would benefit from decanting or aerating, versus pouring straight from the bottle. This is an important aspect of tasting wine, since we want our wines to showcase their best attributes.     … Read More »

Understanding Sulfur Levels in Wine

Back in Ancient Rome, winemakers would burn candles made of sulfur in empty wine containers (called amphorae) to keep the wines from turning to vinegar. Winemakers began using sulfur in the winemaking process during the early 1900s to stop bacteria … Read More »

Corkscrews, My True Passion

Sometimes I receive questions on Facebook asking me if I have tried the latest wine gadget to hit the market. A recent question referred to the new Coravin corkscrew, the “Elite Two.” As I was replying that I have not … Read More »

Picking Grapes at Maturity

Brix is the name of a very good restaurant located in Yountville in the middle of the Napa Valley. Brix (the amount of sugar content in a liquid) is also one of the essential data points in grape analysis; one … Read More »

Meet Our Winemaker

I grew up in the Bordeaux region of France, which is well known for its Chateaux and vineyards, the coastal climate of the Atlantic and its historical towns. My family’s only remote connection to wine is through my grandfather. Indeed, … Read More »

Make a Splash with a New Summer Job!

Why is now the best time to become an Independent Wine Consultant? While any time is the perfect time to enjoy wine and earn an extra income, this June only, take advantage of $20 off your Starter or Premium Business … Read More »

Add a Spark to Your Summer!

A new season is almost upon us! Become an Independent Wine Consultant now and you’ll have extra income to add to your vacation fund, help pay off student loans or save for the holidays. Summertime is the right time to … Read More »