Inspired by one of VinePair’s most popular site sections, the Wine 101 podcast takes an educational, easy-to-digest look into the world of wine. This week’s episode is brought to you by Mount Peak Winery. Raise a glass to California history and indulge in Mount Peak’s Rattlesnake Zinfandel, Sentinel Cabernet Sauvignon, or Gravity Red Blend.

Welcome back to Wine 101. In this episode, VinePair tastings director Keith Beavers explores a fundamental area of the winemaking process: the vineyard. Prior to this episode, Keith spoke with Brenae Royal, vineyard manager of Monte Rosso Vineyard, to get the rundown of how the vineyard impacts the final product. Beavers acquaints listeners with the grapevine and explains why vineyards aren’t just beautiful, but essential for healthy wine grape cultivation.

During the discussion, Beavers outlines the stages of agriculture in the vineyard, including bud break, flowering, veraison (onset of ripening), and harvest.

After listening to this episode, readers will also understand the basic anatomy of a grapevine, from its resilient root system to the sunshine-seeking, tendril-climbing tendencies of the vine and its magnificent fruit.

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