Tag Archives: Grape

• We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

We love this guy so he’s excused for launching another celebrity wine

Graham Norton, of English chat show fame…and well-deserved, we might add…launched his very own SauviGNon blanc and it has flown off the shelves in the UK and Ireland. It is said that Graham spent a whole day tasting a few samples from six different vineyards in the Marlborough region and came up with his very […]

• Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

Know where your wine grapes came from? These online maps can tell you

“I’ve been spending some time in wine country recently, renting a cabin from friends. Every morning I sit out on the deck, drinking coffee, reading, and admiring the view, which you can see in a photo below. In the time I’ve been here, the vineyard across the way has turned from sparse and brown to […]

• Top 10 Underrated Red Wine Grape Varieties

Top 10 Underrated Red Wine Grape Varieties

As the encyclopaedic Wine Grapes reminds us, there are a staggering 1,368 wine grape varieties currently identified on this planet, with scope for still more to be discovered; yet only a handful have made it into the mainstream. One might argue that from a marketing perspective the wine world is already impossibly fragmented, so why […]

• Cheap Wines That Taste Expensive (All $20 or Less!)

Cheap Wines That Taste Expensive (All $20 or Less!)

Wine should be an easy thing to pick up and bring to a party—in theory. In reality, the shelves of witty, worldly, and just plain weird labels with descriptions of “chewy tannins,” “fleshy” bodies, and notes of “charcoal” (love me some fresh charcoal!) can leave non-sommeliers (so pretty much everyone who’d be shopping for wine) confused. And […]

• Amar’e Stoudemire takes red wine bath to recover on off day

Amar’e Stoudemire takes red wine bath to recover on off day

New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire is only 31, but he’s entering the 13th season of an NBA career that has seen plenty of miles on his surgically repaired knees. So it’s understandable that the veteran big man would spend plenty of time this preseason in the training tub, although maybe not one filled with red […]

• Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

Golan Heights: Making Wine in the Shadow of War

A cold morning mist hangs over row after row of deep purple grapes — a scene ripe for thoughtful contemplation. Just a few fields away a civil war ensues, and occasionally the sound of sirens punctuates the serene vineyard. In the Golan Heights, two drastically different worlds exist side-by-side — as dissimilar as water and […]

• Conditions perfect for big Oregon wine yield

Conditions perfect for big Oregon wine yield

Oregon’s Dundee Hills suffered from late rains last year that impacted the quality of wine in one of Oregon’s most productive regions. Not this year. Vintners in the Willamette Valley say the conditions have so far been perfect, and early September has given white-grape growers a chance to start harvesting early. The first picking of […]

• Business booms for custom crush wineries in Sonoma County

Business booms for custom crush wineries in Sonoma County

“Wearing his Bermuda shorts and a T-shirt,with a San Francisco Giants cap tucked snugly around his head, Brian Kobler freely admits that he doesn’t represent the glamour of the wine industry. Kobler’s work within the last month has been hectic and decidedly more blue-collar as he braved the mid 90-degree heat bearing down in the […]

• Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2014: The Results

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2014: The Results

An impressive lineup of judges convened for the Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters to put 200 wines through their paces in June. Having recently cemented its title as king of the grapes with the news that it has overtaken Spanish white variety Airén as the world’s most widely planted grape, no serious wine competition would be […]

• Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

Sonoma County wineries’ leftovers transformed into snack food

A new snack food is the first product shipped on a mass scale containing “flour” made from the milled seeds and skins of Sonoma County wine grapes. Wild California Crisps are the creation of a Santa Rosa company that won recognition at this winter’s Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. The company recently began shipping […]

• Weezer & The Cure Headline Napa Valley BottleRock Festival

Weezer & The Cure Headline Napa Valley BottleRock Festival

Yes, the kidlets have Chinchilla, but there’s a relatively new musical festival called BottleRock in Napa, May 30, 31 and June 1, that vibes for the wine-imbibing crew. If you can pony up three grand for the three day event, you’ll get to see the artists in the title (and those are just my favs, there’s […]

• California Wine Grapes Savor Great 2013 Finish

California Wine Grapes Savor Great 2013 Finish

Here is something to savor amid all the grim news about drought: The state’s wine grape growers had a record harvest last year, a boon for consumers and for one of the Modesto area’s top industries. The crop came in at 4.23 million tons, the California Department of Food and Agriculture reported this week. It […]

• Bitter Cold This Winter Brings Ideal Ice Wine Season

Bitter Cold This Winter Brings Ideal Ice Wine Season

Wineries around the globe pinpoint the height of the traditional grape harvest season to create palate-pleasing wine. However, in the ice wine countries (Canada, Austria, Denmark, Romania, Germany and parts of the United States), it’s a game against Mother Nature, hoping that conditions are just right to make the increasingly more popular dessert wine. Ice […]

• NE Ohio wineries lose millions as subzero weather damages grape crop

NE Ohio wineries lose millions as subzero weather damages grape crop

Northeast Ohio grape growers are reeling today from what is conservatively considered a multimillion-dollar loss of their 2014 wine crop because of the record-low temperatures. “It’s at least a $3 million loss of vinifera grapes,” said Doniella Winchell. executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association. “More than 90 percent of the buds among the […]

• Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

Montalcino Wine Growers Throw Out 50% Of Good Grapes, Here’s Why

“During the grape harvest of 2013, I was visiting Tenuta Il Poggione in Montalcino, home to some of Italy’s most expensive wines. As I walked the vineyards with winemaker Fabrizio Bindocci, harvesters all around us carved gorgeous, lush, fully ripe bunches of Sangiovese grapes from the vines. And then they dropped them on the ground, […]