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An Introduction to Sulfur
The term sulfur is frequently misused in wine vernacular. This miscomprehension colors our understanding of winemaking and leads to confusion for both consumers and members of the trade. Indeed, it may have contributed to the current trend toward eli...
25 Mar 2022
The Dry Side of Roussillon
While Roussillon is not a behemoth of overall French wine production, much has been written about it. Unfortunately, in what text exists, this Southern French region is almost always in a "suffix state," at the end of Languedoc-Roussillon. ...
5 Nov 2021
Pruning for Sap Flow
In the vineyard, trunk diseases are spread through fungal pathogens that enter the wood through wounds, most often from pruning but also from other mechanical injuries to the vine. The diseases can metastasize over time, resulting in symptoms that in...
8 Oct 2021
Tanya Morning Star Darling:
Women in Wine: Exclusion & Success
Tanya Morning Star Darling
Since early wine history, women have been systematically excluded from power. Yet despite the barriers to their participation, tenacious women have been making their mark on the narrative of wine since it was first discovered. While advancements...
13 Sep 2021
Cabernet Sauvignon in Sonoma
“As a group, Sonoma cabernets tend to be overlooked—an indignity, and it needs to go,” wrote the wine columnist Frank Prial in a 2000 New York Times article. I could not agree more. Cabernet Sauvignon is rarely an underdog. After al...
27 Aug 2021
Godello & Mencía in Northwest Spain
Though Spain is one of the largest wine producers in the world, industry-wide acceptance of its fine wines has taken an exceedingly long time to establish. It was just 20 years ago that “big” had grown in dominance to be the defining styl...
18 Jun 2021
The Birth of the Wine Connoisseur
Food and wine connoisseurs are a relatively new breed, but they were many decades in the making. The first shoots emerged in the early 1800s with the dawn of modern food and wine books, which provided readers with the knowledge and information they n...
16 Apr 2021
An Introduction to Muscat
Wine lovers often marvel at the tremendous versatility of Chardonnay. Ever the chameleon, Chardonnay gives us such disparate entities as Montrachet and Champagne; steely Chablis and buttery California examples; hordes of supermarket bottlings and a h...
4 Mar 2021
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