The bubbly star of rap songs and sweet alternative to vodka shots for woo girls, Moscato d’Asti might seem like a simple wine. But contrary to what pop culture would have us believe, this Italian white is more complex than it seems — both tasting it and making it. To start, not all Moscato is created equal. Moscato is […]
With grapes solidly post-fermentation across the Northern Hemisphere, winemakers are finally beginning to give thanks for a little free time in their schedules. Now that the buzz of machinery has stopped, winemakers slip into the season filled with winemaking minutia which, while not as exciting as harvest, is crucial to producing good, drinkable wine.
The presidential election aside, a resounding “WOOHOO” could be heard coast to coast last week as marijuana became legal for recreational use in four new states. This means that now over half the states in this great nation are green-friendly! It’s no surprise then that weed and wine can be consumed in the same package, […]
The fermentation and distilling processes that keep humanity lubricated share a lot. But they actually start and end differently, which is why you don’t often see brewers adding whiskey to their lineup, or dual beer and winemaking operations. A quick alcohol refresher course tells us that ethyl alcohol, the type of alcohol that we drink, […]
Cabernet Franc, the quiet parent grape of flashy Cabernet Sauvignon, plummy Merlot, and tannic Carménère, deserves far more attention than it gets, especially during the holiday season when wine recommendations reach a fever pitch. Not only does Cabernet Franc create wines of exceptional character, but it matches beautifully with fall comfort food, and will never, […]
Winemakers are the prom queens of the wine business. Generally, they deserve their tiaras and the spotlight — there really is a degree of magic in transforming a pile of grapes into delicious wine, after all.
Microclimate is a word English teachers love: the definition is self-explanatory. But while it seems easy to understand, the wine jargon that often accompanies wine tastings and tours makes microclimates seem complex and confusing. In truth, microclimates are easy to see and even easier to feel. Unlike “malolactic fermentation” and other mysteries of winemaking, microclimates […]
The word “clone” may summon images of futuristic labs and babies with multiple heads, but in the wine biz, clones are born wildly in nature, with dozens represented in any wine shop. Grape clones are the X-Men of wine — literally mutants that evolved spontaneously in different climates. They produce fruit with unique characteristics, but […]
While the bubbles are the most exciting part of a sparkling wine — from the classic “pop!” that means refreshment is en route, to the way the bubbles float up in flutes or coupes — it’s the still wine behind the bubbles that makes sparklers so delicious and age-worthy. Not every wine is fit to sparkle, […]