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What Do Winemakers Do All Winter Long?

What Do Winemakers Do All Winter Long?

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 […]

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The Secret History of Blending Wines

The Secret History of Blending Wines

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 […]

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Battling Oxidation in the Winery

Battling Oxidation in the Winery

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.

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Can You Really Make Wine With Other Berries?

Can You Really Make Wine With Other Berries?

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 […]

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What The Heck Is A Microclimate?

What The Heck Is A Microclimate?

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 […]

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