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Last fall, Marta Casas joined fellow wine students for a two-day sparkling wine seminar in Austria, in preparation for the Diploma in Wines from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). Following a handful of blind tastings, she heard many stude...
Mar 10, 2023
The Cluster, the Whole Cluster, and Nothing but the Whole Cluster?
Material other than grapes, or MOG, is assiduously avoided by winemakers. Leaves, bugs, pebbles, sticks, and other debris are removed before grape clusters are processed. But before the prevalence of destemming machines, stems, which strictly speakin...
Feb 17, 2023
Beyond Sulfur: Viticultural Foliar Spray Programs
The needling sensation started in the vineyard at Beaux Frères. I was walking next to winemaker Mike Etzel Jr., scribbling notes as he talked about biodynamic farming, when a tractor pulled up. Etzel ran into a shed, grabbed a carton of a myst...
Feb 3, 2023
Understanding the Modern German Wine Landscape
A cool-climate wine region steeped in Old World tradition, with origins dating to the Roman Empire. A detailed hierarchy of vineyards, with specific soil types that encourage two key grape varieties to flourish under optimal conditions. Wines with te...
Jan 20, 2023
Champagne Classifications and Pricing
There are currently 17 grands crus and 42 premiers crus in Champagne, and negociants work directly with growers to set prices in a completely free market. But the number of grands and premiers crus, the connotations of these terms, and the guidelines...
Jan 5, 2023
The wines regarded as the flagships of Hungary are the sweet styles of Tokaj PDO and, increasingly, the dry Furmints from the same region. But their fame often means that wines from the rest of the country are overlooked. In Szekszárd, one of ...
Dec 2, 2022
Cabernet Franc In the Loire
Beverley Blanning MW
Cabernet Franc has long taken a back seat to its dazzling offspring, Cabernet Sauvignon. So wildly successful has the latter become that for most of the wine-drinking public, the name Cabernet simply means Cabernet Sauvignon. Does anyone know, or eve...
Nov 22, 2022
The Role of White Grapes in Rosé
The idea of white grapes in rosé may come as a surprise to some. Surely not! Yet the blending of red and white grapes has a long history, and the practice is still used for many rosés. Combining Whites and Reds Beyond Rosé Making...
Oct 7, 2022
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