If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Prosecco is a raucous, Mimosa-filled brunch, you aren’t alone. For many Americans, value is the name of the game in the large Prosecco category, where many bottles cost $10 to $15 and can be found at the average liquor shop or grocery store.
In the days of yore, there were wine drinkers, and there were beer drinkers. With the recent onslaught of inventive beverages sneaking their way into the mainstream (we’re looking at you, sour beers and kombucha), lines are being crossed, and so too are loyalties to any one beverage. More adventurous drinking is becoming the norm, […]
It’s time to talk about a provocative topic: sexual confusion. No, not the kind you’re thinking of. Another type of sexual confusion is used in viticulture, allowing sustainably-minded winemakers to reduce or eliminate insecticide use. Our story begins with the birds and bees. Well, moths. The purpose of sexual confusion involves curtailing the exploits of several […]
When it comes to people, “healthy” doesn’t come in a single shape, size, or color. The same is true for vineyards. From burly Zinfandel vines that look more like trees to slender-trunked Riesling vineyards in Germany, healthy vineyards come in many forms, and they aren’t always postcard-perfect landscapes. In fact, the most attractive vineyard could […]
When Americans come of a certain age, they learn about the birds and the bees. When biodynamic vineyards come of age, though, vineyard owners think back on the story of the bees and the grapes. If you’ve ever strolled through an organic or biodynamic vineyard, you’ve likely come across a beehive on the property. Depending […]
The word “clone” may summon images of futuristic labs and babies with multiple heads, but in the wine biz, clones are born wildly in nature, with dozens represented in any wine shop. Grape clones are the X-Men of wine — literally mutants that evolved spontaneously in different climates. They produce fruit with unique characteristics, but […]
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.
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 […]
As a huge fan of science fiction, the fact that what I’ve read on the page is starting to show up in real life is pretty incredible. The thought of self driving cars, mind controlled prosthetic arms and DARPA’s ATLAS doing household chores gets me all giddy inside – hey Google get to work on […]