Laura Burgess

April Showers: What a Wet Spring Means for Grapevines

April Showers: What a Wet Spring Means for Grapevines

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 […]

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Brandy Has a Branding Problem

Brandy Has a Branding Problem

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.

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Your Wine Was Probably Bottled in a Truck

Your Wine Was Probably Bottled in a Truck

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.

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