For all the talk about hope, prayers, and rituals to inspire a good harvest, winemakers and vintners don’t rely soley on Mother Nature’s generosity when it comes to producing great wine every season. In fact, strategies abound for growers and winemakers to hedge their bets against nature’s potential wrath, and that’s a good thing for […]
After six years of devastating drought across California, winemakers and civilians alike were thrilled for a wet, snowy season in 2016 and early 2017. But “wet” barely begins to cover it. Massive flooding took out sections of Big Sur state park, knocked down giant sequoias, forced evacuations of whole towns, and caused cities like Sacramento […]
Most of the time, brandy is an afterthought. Or, it’s a cheap brown liquor that gets unceremoniously dumped into eggnog. Or, according to most people I asked, it’s what old guys drink with cigars. Brandy is currently engaged in a fight against its image, which until now has turned would-be connoisseurs away.
I’m standing underneath an arched white tent the size of a football field. Tables are covered with wine bottles and fresh hydrangeas. A strange, loud pulsing like a heartbeat is coming through the loudspeakers. And all around me, winemakers are sitting at the edge of their seats. “Bid $6,000! Bid $7,000! Can I get $7,500?” […]
It only takes a few minutes of reading anything about wine for soil to come into play. Whether it’s a long feature on Germany’s Mosel region, or the shelf-talker at Bevmo, experts, sommeliers, and marketers love throwing in tidbits about the ground that makes their wares extra special.
Anything with a 4,000-year history is a little bit complicated. Wine is no exception, unfortunately for us. Over time, humanity’s favorite beverage has gotten more complex, and not just because the 20th century ushered in oodles of fun technology.
There are few things in this world worse than opening a bad bottle of wine. It’s the adult equivalent of dropping your ice cream cone, or losing your sparkly balloon. What’s worse, wine faults aren’t always easy to detect, or possible to remedy even with a bar cart full of mixers or a case of […]
I have all the tools to make great wine. I live on a vineyard surrounded by grapevines. I’ve planted, pruned, and picked grapes. I’ve helped vinify both small and large lots of wine. I taste and smell finished and unfinished wines almost every day.
Winemaking is a business surrounded by mystery and folklore. But when it comes to bottling, the intrigue disappears in favor of efficiency and cool gadgetry. Contrary to popular belief, most wineries don’t bottle their own wine. Instead, they rely on mobile bottling machines — otherwise known as the coolest wine technology you’ve never heard of.