On the rugged, near-vertical slopes of northern Italy, minutes from the Swiss border, Nebbiolo is harvested by hand — and by helicopter. More than 25 miles of interconnected vineyards span this region, called the Valtellina valley, and its high-altitude grapes produce wines with zippy acidity, bright fruit, and food-friendly versatility. Surprisingly, the helicopter harvest was […]
By all accounts among vintners in Napa and Sonoma, the 2017 vintage was progressing well. Conditions were hotter and drier than typical, but many producers picked early in order to manage potential alcohol levels. Then, in the late night hours of Sunday, October 8, the wildfires sparked.
The bubbly star of rap songs and sweet alternative to vodka shots for woo girls, Moscato d’Asti might seem like a simple wine. But contrary to what pop culture would have us believe, this Italian white is more complex than it seems — both tasting it and making it. To start, not all Moscato is created equal. Moscato is […]
With grapes solidly post-fermentation across the Northern Hemisphere, winemakers are finally beginning to give thanks for a little free time in their schedules. Now that the buzz of machinery has stopped, winemakers slip into the season filled with winemaking minutia which, while not as exciting as harvest, is crucial to producing good, drinkable wine.
Wine marketing does a great job making the biz look supremely romantic. A quick Google search reveals page after page of glamorous images, complete with golden-hour lighting and farm hands cradling grape bunches. Cue images of happy, slender couples on balconies and a never ending stream of bottle shots with vineyards in the background.
Foot treading is anything but the homey, silly dance most drinkers imagine when they think of traditional grape-stomping rituals. In reality, foot treading is far more work than modern methods for crushing grapes, though it starts the winemaking process off as efficiently as more advanced and modern methods. The crush literally gets a grape’s juices […]
Grapes across California are beginning to reach their sweet, delicious peak, sending harvest 2016 into action across the Golden State. As the wild crescendo of the season nears, it’s all about waiting for the perfect moment to pick, and in a state with 918,000 acres under vine, that’s a lot of waiting and watching. The […]
We’re in the midst of harvest season, which means finally, after all that hard work and the trials and tribulations that come with farming, the grapes are ready to be picked, ultimately heading to our bottle of wine. And these grapes are precious commodities, especially when it comes to wines on the higher end.
My favorite thing about harvest is the intoxicating aroma. Like some kind of exotic pie, it’s a mix of over-ripe tropical fruit and fresh-baked pastry dough. It permeates the air, and every time I smell it, it sends a little shiver of joy down my spine. Many things about harvesting grapes and making wine seem […]