winemaking

What Is Brix in Wine (And Beer)?

What Is Brix in Wine (And Beer)?

As you may recall from high school chemistry class, alcoholic fermentation is the conversion of sugars (like glucose, fructose, and sucrose) into ethanol (alcohol) and carbon dioxide. Or, put simply, without sugar we wouldn’t have booze. The ability to calculate sugar levels in a liquid, such as grape must or a wort, allows winemakers and […]

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‘We Try Not to Chase After Scores’: NFL Alums Are Making Wine and Crushing It

‘We Try Not to Chase After Scores’: NFL Alums Are Making Wine and Crushing It

In his rookie year with the Miami Dolphins, Damon Huard was taught more than just how to play quarterback in the National Football League. Sure, future Hall of Famer quarterback Dan Marino shared expertise on how to execute the playbook, but he also introduced Huard to what would become their second professional act: wine. The […]

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Seven Questions About Qvevri You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Seven Questions About Qvevri You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

Located on the border of Eastern Europe and Asia, Georgia has an astonishing 8,000-year-old winemaking history. Central to the nation’s oenological heritage are its skin-contact qvevri wines, widely consumed by those in Georgia and neighboring countries for millennia. Thanks to a growing worldwide trend of “natural” winemaking, the category’s undisputed OG is now garnering international […]

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Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

Fifth-Generation California Vintner Joel Gott Could Really Go for a Mezcal

Joel Gott wasn’t born a winemaker, of course. But it sometimes seems that way. Born in Napa Valley, he released his first vintage over 20 years ago, and the roots of his winemaking heritage stretch deeper still. Gott is a fifth-generation California vintner. His 1997 Amador County Zinfandel earned the label widespread acclaim, and he hasn’t […]

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Sixth-Generation Winemaker Jeff Bundschu Would Bring a Pinot Home to Mom

Sixth-Generation Winemaker Jeff Bundschu Would Bring a Pinot Home to Mom

A sixth-generation winemaker with a surfer’s soul, Jeff Bundschu is the rare American who seems like he could pull off a silk scarf. His family business is Gundlach Bundschu, the esteemed Sonoma winery established in 1858. Despite Gundlach Bundschu’s lofty reputation (and wines), Bundschu is a salt-of-the-earth type. He hosts annual live music festivals in Northern […]

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You Don’t Really Know What’s in Your Wine. These Winemakers Want to Change That.

You Don’t Really Know What’s in Your Wine. These Winemakers Want to Change That.

Most of us have a pretty good idea of how we’re supposed to be eating — less sugar, more fiber, more good fats. Shop local, pay attention to labels, blah blah blah. We know the drill. If you try to hold your wine to a similar standard of transparency, however, you’ll end up frustrated. There’s […]

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Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

Resilience and Post-Soviet Identity Politics Are in Every Glass of Georgian Wine

“Georgia and the vine are very similar in their character,” Lado Uzunashvili says, “If they are not stressed a little bit, they don’t give you their best results.” Uzunashvili owns the Mukado winery in Georgia and represents the 11th generation in a long line of esteemed Georgian winemakers. It’s an impressive heritage, matching the oldest […]

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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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