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 […]
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 […]
We’ve all heard winemakers and salespeople proclaim certain bottles to be unique thanks to their “spectacular, high elevation” vineyard sites, but what exactly does “high elevation” mean when it comes to finished wine? Are grapes grown on Mt. Everest-like slopes magical? Is it Andes snow melt that makes Malbec ethereal?
A large amount of the wines we drink are blends. Even if the wine label indicates only one grape, there’s a good chance that unless otherwise specified, the wine is made up of two or more sources of that grape. The label may say Pinot Noir but the grapes could come from multiple vineyards.
The weather is getting warmer and soon, vineyards in the Northern Hemisphere will be in the midst of “bud break,” when vines begin their annual growing. It’s a beautiful time to visit a vineyard and see a winery in action. Wine tourism is a big industry, and for good reason: the combination of fresh air, […]
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 […]
Farmers and vintners alike would argue magic doesn’t exist in the vineyards that quench our thirst each year, but I’d argue clover — four-leafed or not — comes close, and has been doing so for millennia. Trifolium, commonly known as clover, is a “nitrogen-fixing” plant, meaning it returns nitrogen from the air back to soils, […]
Ed. Note: This article was written and published prior to Charles Banks’ indictment for wire fraud, unsealed in Federal court on 9/9/16. This article, which discusses many of his business ventures, is in no way an endorsement of any of his financial practices or alleged crimes. Over the past few years, investing in wine brands has not […]
Images of winter in the vineyard make the vines look sturdy, tranquil, and often quite dead. But beneath the picture-perfect dusting of snowflakes across Tuscany or clovers that blanket dormant Napa vineyards, there’s an incredible amount of microscopic activity happening the in the vineyard. Dormant vines are far from dead, and they’re not just asleep, either.