Pinot Noir Reveals The Differences Between Oregon And California Climates

Pinot Noir Reveals The Differences Between Oregon And California Climates

Despite Oregon’s reputation as America’s world-class Pinot Noir region, the state makes a shockingly small amount of wine compared to its gigantic Southern neighbor, California. In part, that’s thanks to the Golden State’s colossal size and focus on agriculture, but its equally attributable to climatic differences. In the case of Pinot Noir, it’s a difference […]

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There Are Rocks Inside Your Wine. Here’s How To Understand Minerality

There Are Rocks Inside Your Wine. Here’s How To Understand Minerality

If grape vines are babies, terroir-driven wines are the well-adjusted adult—flavorful, complex, and sometimes a little weird. Terroir is after all, that mysterious sense of place developed with each drop of rain, sunny day, hail storm and the rocks present in the soil. Yes, rocks. While wines don’t acquire minerality by slurping minerals from the […]

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Understanding The Magic Of Bud Break

Understanding The Magic Of Bud Break

I often find myself wishing I could wake up like a grapevine. Not groggy, perpetually hungover, or already late for work, but instead with a burst of glorious energy, ready to absorb fresh air and sunshine. Despite April snow showers, the vines of California are doing just that in an inspiring (and welcome) show of […]

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Pruning Vines In The Spring Is Vital To Ensuring A Successful Vintage

Pruning Vines In The Spring Is Vital To Ensuring A Successful Vintage

Despite blizzards in the Northwest, tornadoes in Texas, or Trump-dominated newscasts everywhere, it’s spring in California. Translation: the race is on against Mother Nature to prune and prep 928,000 acres of vineyards for the 2016 season. But what exactly does “pruning” entail? Tired of reading confusing articles on canes, cordons, and spurs, I convinced a […]

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