Oak Alternatives in Winemaking

Over the past several decades, innovations and technological advances have made waves in the old world ways of winemaking. A few years ago, it would have been inconceivable to pick grapes with a machine. Now, the technology is there to … Read More »

Flying High-Tech in the Vineyard

As a kid, I was always fascinated by war planes and I spent many hours gluing models together. What kid is not attracted to flying machines? Recently, I was talking to a vineyard manager about a different kind of flying … Read More »

Let’s Talk About Gases… in Winemaking

  When you think about gases and wine, most likely the tiny bubbles in a sparkling wine is the visual that springs to mind, but gases play various roles when it comes to wine. Gases present a lot of challenges … Read More »

Let’s Spice Things Up with Some Mustard

Shears and saws are actively used in the vineyard around this time of year. This is truly pruning time in the Napa Valley. This special time of year creates beautiful scenes filled with fantastic fields of color.   Cover crops … Read More »

How to Enhance Your Tasting Experience

Some of you would like to get better at tasting wine. Some of you are now confident enough that you would like to share your knowledge with your friends and family. Perhaps some of you are looking for a different … Read More »

Filtration in Modern Winemaking

Over several centuries of discovery, winemakers have intensified their quality control methods. One of the last steps before bottling is to clarify and remove all sorts of particles from the wine. Fermentation solids, yeast and bacteria, to name a few, … Read More »

Holiday Wine Pairings

The time has come to start preparing for holiday celebrations and festivities. Pairing food and wine for you and your guests can sometimes be challenging. Our number one tip? Serve an assortment of wine to satisfy a wide range of … Read More »

How Wineries Use Water

Water is indeed the number one topic among wine professionals. Let’s describe, in more detail, a few sustainable procedures used today. In my recent article, “The Importance of Water for Wineries,” I finished with this old quote: “There is an old … Read More »