Is Multi-Oak Barrel The Future Of Winemaking And The End Of Blending?

Is Multi-Oak Barrel The Future Of Winemaking And The End Of Blending?

Oak is the cilantro of winemaking: it’s divisive. Delicious and paramount to wine’s longevity for some; overused and a mask of terroir for others. Few winemaking topics create as much dissent as “proper” oak use. Opinions aside, not all oak is created equal, and a new type of barrel is emerging in wine, and it’s […]

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How Much Heat Does It Take To Ruin Wine? Not Much

How Much Heat Does It Take To Ruin Wine? Not Much

If the Nelly song, “Hot in Herre,” describes the temperature in your home — clothing or lack thereof notwithstanding — then it’s likely your wine stash is at risk. Amid all the noise of the wine industry–what to drink, when, and how–heat damage often comes up, but there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to proper storage, especially […]

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Why ‘California Champagne’ & Other Generic Place Names Need To Go

Why ‘California Champagne’ & Other Generic Place Names Need To Go

There’s something about Maine lobster that epitomizes summer. Maybe it’s long beach days, the nostalgia of salty breezes, or the freshness and quality synonymous with Maine lobster, often caught and cooked in the same day. But what if your Maine lobster said “Product of Kansas” on its rubber-banded claw? Would the same sentiments and rocky […]

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6 Summer Vineyard Pests That Can Ruin Your Wine Before It Leaves The Vine

6 Summer Vineyard Pests That Can Ruin Your Wine Before It Leaves The Vine

If you’ve ever had a backyard garden, you know the feeling of defeat when invisible pests turn flourishing tomato and zucchini plants into wilted twigs for seemingly no reason. Vineyard managers often face these same microscopic monsters even when Mother Nature is feeling generous and offering long summer days and cool, dry nights. Nature’s henchmen–the […]

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How A Winery Gets Designed

How A Winery Gets Designed

It only takes one drive through Napa to see why the region is known for its beauty: between patches of grapevines, mansions and castles rise and glittering fountains welcome visitors into lush gardens and tasting rooms. But there’s more than Beaux-Arts flare to these massive facades, which double as functioning wineries.

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4 Popular Wine Myths That You Probably Believe

4 Popular Wine Myths That You Probably Believe

There are no absolutes when it comes to wine, and the magic of turning fruit into alcoholic bliss only serves to surround this science-based business with mythological status. In fact, untruths about wine are as common as gossip about Kim K’s booty and Gisele Bunchen’s workout routine. We’ve all heard that the “rules” of wine […]

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What It Takes To Become An AVA Wine Region

What It Takes To Become An AVA Wine Region

There’s more to becoming an American Viticultural Area, or AVA, than producing wine that tastes good and slapping a name like “Willamette Valley AVA” on the bottle. In fact, from analyzing soil maps to drafting boundary lines, there’s enough to discourage even historically relevant wine growing areas from applying. In comparison, the IRS tax code […]

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Flowering: The Determinant Of A Good Or Bad Year In The Vineyard

Flowering: The Determinant Of A Good Or Bad Year In The Vineyard

Now that vineyards across the Northern Hemisphere have transformed from scraggly fields to wild cascades of green, it seems like sweet grapes should be poking out at any minute, right? Not quite. First, grapevines enter the flowering phase, a nerve-wracking period for grape growers and winemakers alike, since the tiniest disruptions to barely-there flowers can […]

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