Pruning Grapevines

All About Grapevine Pruning

By mid-February, vines still lie dormant in vineyards across California. However, the winemaker and the vineyard manager are hard at work planning the single most important operation of the year: The Pruning February is a busy period in the vineyard. … Read More »

Wine Bottle Tops

Wine Bottle Packaging: Part II

A good looking bottle, as we talked about last month, is a combination of several elements. After taking a more in depth look at what is going on toward the top, time has come to look at bottles and labels. … Read More »

Ask Alex

Wine Bottle Packaging: Part I

Jessica Zamora posted on October 17th: “I’ve been wondering why the red bottles vary in shape? I’ve had customers notice it as well and would love to be able to respond intelligently.” Sandy Irving wrote on October 23rd: “Serving the … Read More »

The Birth of the Chardonnay

The Birth of the Almighty Chardonnay

Harvest season is well under way here in Napa Valley. Today I am going to describe the journey of some of our Chardonnay grapes. In California, several winemaking methods can be used to obtain different styles like dry or sweet, … Read More »

Navigating Labels in the Wine Industry

Navigating Labels in the Wine Industry

This month, let’s take a look at navigating labels in the wine industry and the many laws, rules and regulations that govern each and every wine label that we present to you. The Tax and Trade Bureau for Alcohol and … Read More »

Grape Harvest is Upon Us in California

Grape Harvest is Upon Us in California

Early this morning, I saw the first truck of grapes driving down Highway 29 in Napa Valley. The 2014 harvest is about to get into full swing. Several counties across California, have already begun picking the fruit of their yearly … Read More »