Wine Mythology

One thing that I have always been very interested in was Egyptian, Greek and Roman mythology. Learning about the interactions and stories of the gods and their creations on earth has always been fascinating to me. A more recent definition … Read More »

“Corky” – to Be or Not to Be

One day, when I retire from the wine business, I hope to be remembered for being lively, bubbly and generally fun to be around, in a word: “corky.” Well, it might be okay to have a corky personality, but when … Read More »

The Grapevine Vegetative Cycle Part II

The cool days and mornings are pretty much behind us. The spring frost has packed up and left. Weather patterns have become increasingly harder to predict. For example, four weeks ago, a weather event with cold temperatures and hail decimated … Read More »

All About AVAs (American Viticultural Areas)

AVA is not our latest white blend of Arneis, Verdelho and Albarino. In the wine industry, AVAs are used to help wine consumers understand the value and quality of the wine that they are purchasing. Featured on every bottle of … Read More »

The Grapevine Vegetative Cycle Part I

Over the next few months, we are going to follow the development of the grapevine. Indeed, March is truly the beginning of the growing cycle.  A Recap of the Vegetative Cycle: • Bleeding of the vines between February and March … Read More »

Best Vineyard Practices

Last month we talked about the importance of a good pruning during this time of year. Besides the obvious influence on the quality of the future crop – pruning and vineyard management methods are critical for resilient, healthy vines. Wood diseases … Read More »

Vineyard Renewal

During December, January and well into February, vineyard crews are busy tending to the vineyards. Even if the vines are currently dormant, there is no shortage of work, namely ground preparation for planting and pruning. I consider pruning to be … Read More »

The Secrets Behind Sparkling Wines

The creation of sparkling wine follows the same main principle as all other wines: fermentation. However, of all wines, sparkling wines are considered the most technical in the world to produce. Why? The reason is due to a secondary fermentation … Read More »