The Bottling

The Bottling…

WineShop At Home is like the other 2,300 bonded wineries in the State; we all need to bottle our yearly wine production. A few weeks ago, we talked about packaging materials. Now the time has come to put it all … Read More »

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 »