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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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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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Charles Banks Profile

Meet The VC Who Actually Makes Money Investing In Wine Brands

Meet The VC Who Actually Makes Money Investing In Wine Brands

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 […]

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Below The Surface: Winter In The Vineyard

Below The Surface: Winter In The Vineyard

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.

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