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Constructive Wine Criticism

From time to time, I must use my legendary French charm to convince somebody to pause, empty their mind, pour themselves a glass of wine and just taste. Let me repeat, just taste. However, the wine business has always been … Read More »

Vineyard & Winery Activities This Season

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

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

Milestones in the American Wine Business

Milestones in the American Wine Business

If you are talking to friends and family about malolactic fermentation, barrels or yeast, while you are enjoying a glass of wine, you are showing off and sharing your knowledge of wine. This is a wonderful thing as wine will … Read More »

Oak Alternatives in Winemaking

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 »