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Cellar Series Blog 1 --- Barreling Down

Cellar Series Blog 1 --- Barreling Down

Ok, so…..harvest is over, nobody is running around like a chicken with its head cut off anymore, winery and vineyard folks are getting a full nigh...
How Music Can Affect the Way Wine Tastes

How Music Can Affect the Way Wine Tastes

Can different music affect how much you enjoy a wine?  Well, over the last 6 or so years, a handful of studies have been conducted that suggest tha...
Port Wine Styles

Port Wine Styles

As we enter the Holiday Season, this is a time when port wine really shines the brightest.  People bring it to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners,...
Drink to Your Health...Just Not Too Much!

Drink to Your Health...Just Not Too Much!

The health benefits of wine, particularly red wine, have been discussed and studied for decades now.  Does it really make a big difference in the...
Harvest Series Blog 9 --- Laboratory Analysis

Harvest Series Blog 9 --- Laboratory Analysis

Perhaps you’ve heard winemaking described as part art, part chemistry.  That’s because although a winemaker has the freedom to create wine in dif...
Harvest Series Blog 8 --- Oak Alternatives

Harvest Series Blog 8 --- Oak Alternatives

Oak alternatives have come a long way in recent years.  It used to be that suggesting the use of alternatives was like uttering a swear word, and ...
Harvest Series Blog 10 --- Finishing the Season

Harvest Series Blog 10 --- Finishing the Season

Once all the grapes are off the vine and the wine is done fermenting and pressed off, the winemakers and vineyard managers can breathe a sigh of ...
How Insects in The Vineyard Help With Wine Complexity

How Insects in The Vineyard Help With Wine Complexity

I recently came across an article about wasps and how they help with creating complex wines.  The article can be found here: Thank The Simple Was...
Harvest Series Blog 6---Processing Grapes for Port-style Wine

Harvest Series Blog 6---Processing Grapes for Port-style Wine

Port-style wine underwent somewhat of an identity change several years ago.  In 2009, the European Union changed the designation of any wine labe...
Harvest Series Blog 7 --- Selecting Your Oak Program

Harvest Series Blog 7 --- Selecting Your Oak Program

Once your juice has been fermented into wine, it’s time to put it into barrels (if that is the aging method you’ve chosen), a process called “bar...
Harvest Series Blog 5 --- Processing Red Grapes for Rosé

Harvest Series Blog 5 --- Processing Red Grapes for Rosé

When rosé is made, it is almost always made from red grapes (an exception would be Pinot Gris, which is a white grape with highly pigmented skins)...
Harvest Series Blog 4 --- Processing Red Grapes

Harvest Series Blog 4 --- Processing Red Grapes

Red grapes are processed a bit differently than white grapes, and the biggest difference is when the skins are pressed off of the juice or wine. ...