winemaking

Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

Americans Love Jammy Wines. Just Don’t Tell Them How They Were Made.

The term ”jammy” has become peak wine jargon. It’s used to describe all sorts of sweet and quaffable wines, including some of the most popular Zinfandels and red blends on the market. These wines have been trending for several years, but their common use of such additives as sugar, water, and copious quantities of crystalline […]

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The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

The Role ‘Wild’ Yeasts Play in Terroir Is Finally Being Recast

With his long hair, Matt Goddard looks a bit like a bass player from a progressive rock band. But he’s a scientist, and his field of interest is microbial ecology. Goddard’s particular interest of late is wine yeasts. He uses modern genetic techniques to answer one of the long-standing controversies in the wine world: Can […]

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The Up-To-Date Guide to Seattle’s Urban Winery Scene for 2018

The Up-To-Date Guide to Seattle’s Urban Winery Scene for 2018

Washington State wines are garnering national esteem (and investment) but, historically, the industry faced a geographical challenge. Washington’s vineyards and wineries are much farther from major city Seattle than is the case with, say, San Francisco and Napa and Sonoma Counties. Enterprising winemakers realized that a tasting room, if not an actually winery, in downtown […]

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At Some of Europe’s Oldest Family Wineries, the Future Is (Finally) Female

At Some of Europe’s Oldest Family Wineries, the Future Is (Finally) Female

Across France, domaines are appended with et fils (“and sons”), referencing the children who joined the family business along the way. A list of Italy’s top wines largely reads as a string of male names, speaking to the men who built the wineries. Winemaking daughters, however, were historically hard to come by. For instance, when […]

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For Many Winemakers, Concrete Is the Best of Both Worlds

For Many Winemakers, Concrete Is the Best of Both Worlds

For years, oak was the stamp of quality winemaking. Oaked reds were more likely to get top scores by wine critics in the 1980s; and by the 1990s, winemakers sought out ways to impart oak flavors using oak chips and shavings. But over the past decade, taste trends have shifted. That’s not to say that oak […]

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Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

Wild Fermentation Is the Sexiest, Least Understood Technique in Winemaking

It’s one of the most divisive areas in winemaking. Fermentation, by either wild or industrial yeasts, has become synonymous with the battle between all that is natural, and the convenience and consistency of man-made machination. If natural wine risks becoming a runaway train, then wild fermentation is a flag you wave as it passes by. […]

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Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

Curb Appeal: Denver Winemakers Are Amphora-Aging Sparklers in a Suburban Strip Mall

A strip mall in Parker, Colorado — a quiet suburb of Denver — is about the last place you’d expect to find award-winning wines made with centuries-old technique. But that’s just what’s going on at Purgatory Cellars. Purgatory’s Marko and Ivanka Copic immigrated to the U.S. from Croatia in 2013, settling in Parker to be […]

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It’s Impossible Not to Root for This Japanese-Californian Winery

It’s Impossible Not to Root for This Japanese-Californian Winery

If you want to taste an acclaimed California winery’s Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, you’ll need plane fare and a passport. Ch.igai Takaha was founded by husband-and-wife team Takahide and Miyoko Sugimoto in 2006. Short for Chateau Igai Takaha, the winery produces cuvées in partnership with Greg Brewer of Brewer-Clifton, and in collaboration with area labels […]

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