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 […]
One concept that’s bandied around a lot but not discussed in much detail (we’ll admit, it’s kind of scientifically intimidating) is: the clone. We’re not talking about doomed sheep or jars of variously terrifying replications of Ripley from Aliens. We’re talking about grape clones. Even if you’re a more casual wine drinker, you’ve probably heard […]
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 […]