When we think of vineyards, we generally envision flourishing canopies of green, leafy vines placed one after another in parallel lines, plump grapes in various colors dotting every row. During the spring, we know exactly what the winemakers are doing; they are nourishing those vines and getting ready for good old harvest, of course, which […]
Unlike much of what goes on in today’s wine industry, blends weren’t the result of a fad, a catchy PR campaign, a TV show, or a Top 40 song. The tradition of blending dates back millennia, to times when mixed vineyards served as an insurance policy against Mother Nature’s wrath, and a reliable harvest trumped […]
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.
Look out, France and Italy. There’s a country on the other side of your glorious Mediterranean pond looking to dip its feet in the wide world of wine tourism. With over 3,000 years of winemaking history, Tunisia’s ready to grapple with grapes and show everyone what its winemaking culture is all about. It’s believed that […]
Can we really make wine from other berries? Or are wine grapes the only fruit that has been bestowed with the ability to turn into delicious wine? The simple answer to this question is yes, other fruit can be used to make wine. However, technically speaking, wine is usually defined as the fermented juice of […]
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.
Paumanok Vineyards is humming with machines. In late September in the midst of harvest, winemaker Kareem Massoud followed a tube that ran from the truck bed of recently harvested Merlot grapes, to an automated destemmer. A little bit of juice washed over the white conveyor belt, followed by a wave of grapes. Seven men combed […]
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 […]