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Conventional Wisdoms – Smaller is Better in the Wine Industry . . . Or Is It?

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September 29th, 2009

It seems that with most things in life, bigger is considered better . . . In the wine industry, though, conventional wisdom is that ‘smaller is better’ . . . smaller yields, smaller tanks, smaller presses, smaller case volumes, etc. ‘Smaller’ wineries produce better wine then ‘bigger’ wineries, right? Well, just as with all things Read more…

When 30 Brix May Still Not Be High Enough . . . .

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September 28th, 2009

Brix is a measure of sugar levels in grapes in the wine industry. It roughly translates as follows: a grape sample showing a reading of 20 brix means that that sample has approximately 200 grams of sugar per liter of solution . . .or almost 2 lbs. of sugar per gallon! Yikes! It also means Read more…

Fist-A-Cuffs in the Tasting Room!

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September 24th, 2009

A few weeks back, I walked into our tasting room to find 4 customers arguing with each other. I stayed back and listened as best as I could to try to understand what was going on, and this is what I heard . . . No.1: I smell citrus and spice from this wine. No. Read more…

White Zinfandel is King and Goes Great with Steak!!!!

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September 21st, 2009

Now that I have your attention, I wanted to tell you a bit about one of my favorite hours spent at UC Davis in my Viticulture and Enology study days . . .

Finding the Right Match . . .

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September 18th, 2009

There are many many books, blogs, and articles written every year about matching wine with food. There have been a handful of scientific studies on the matter as well (See Hildegarde Heyman’s study from UC Davis a few years back debunking wine and cheese pairings).

Is It Done Yet? Harvest Decisions . . .

Posted In - 2009 Harvest

September 17th, 2009

When I was growing up, whenever my mom would make a special turkey dinner, she would always insert a temperature ‘doo dad’ that would ‘pop up’ when the turkey was done (or when the turkey hit a certain temperature, I’m assuming). Therefore, it was ‘easy’ to tell when it was done . . .

Conventional Wisdoms . . . Red Wine With Fish?

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September 16th, 2009

There has not been a lot of ‘scientific research’ about matching certain wines with certain foods. Most of the ’common knowledge’ about the subject has been disseminated by wineries themselves, with specific suggestions of which food to pair with their specific wines.

Whining About Wines . . . Wine Clubs

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September 14th, 2009

I read an interesting blog last week chronicling a reader’s dislike of wine clubs in general. We’re not talking your run-of-the-mill ‘Wine of the Month’ type club here (and not that I have anything against that club or others like it in particular).

Our Comfort Zones . . .or Thinking Outside the Box . . .

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September 11th, 2009

All of us have a ‘comfort zone’ in many aspects of our lives. For some, it’s with our finances, avoiding ‘risky’ ventures at all costs. For some, it’s their clothes, knowing what they like and avoiding ‘new’ or ‘trendy’ pants or shirts.

Whining About Wine . . . Shipping Charges . . .

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September 8th, 2009

Every winery, including me, should be appreciative that you are willing to spend your hard-earned money on our wines. Heck, no one NEEDS wine! (I’m ducking, awaiting the arrows coming out me from the rest of the industry!).