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What Are Cover Crops And Why Are They Really Good For Wine?

What Are Cover Crops And Why Are They Really Good For Wine?

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, […]

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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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One Winemaker’s Quixotic Quest To Save California’s Wine Industry From Climate Change

One Winemaker’s Quixotic Quest To Save California’s Wine Industry From Climate Change

Other winemakers respect him. Wine drinkers of all levels know his brands. Journalists love him. But winemaker Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard doesn’t need any of it. After more than 40 years in the industry, Graham has maintained his reputation for breaking the mold. He talks like a philosopher with the soul of a scientist, […]

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Farm To Table In Vienna: The Unique Beauty Of Europe’s Last Great Urban Vineyards

Farm To Table In Vienna: The Unique Beauty Of Europe’s Last Great Urban Vineyards

If you’re at all familiar with Roman history, then you know that as the Empire spread into modern-day France, Spain, Germany and beyond, in addition to bringing commerce and plumbing, the Romans made a habit of planting grapevines wherever they lingered. Many of those places turned into trading posts and provincial capitals, which evolved – […]

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