Tag Archives: Sugars in wine

• Mother Nature dictates time to harvest frozen ice wine grapes & it's early this year

Mother Nature dictates time to harvest frozen ice wine grapes & it's early this year

If you found these grapes, brown and frozen like rocks, in the dark recesses of your refrigerator, you’d probably throw them out. Bob Mazza knows better. Since 1984, he’s been making ice wine, a specialty dessert wine, pressed from frozen-on-the-vine grapes that are prized for their concentrated sugar content.Mother Nature, not the growers, dictates the […]

• Weather & problems with wildlife have wreaked havoc on Southern Oregon varietals

Weather & problems with wildlife have wreaked havoc on Southern Oregon varietals

A damp, lingering spring and a late frost followed by a mild summer delayed Oregon’s wine grape harvest by three or more weeks this year. But even as a warm fall has boosted sugar levels, vintners have been plagued by another problem: hungry bears, deer and birds. Starlings and so-called cowbirds have picked away at […]

• Winegrape growers worry about late crop

Winegrape growers worry about late crop

Sporadic rain over North and Central California last weekend didn’t do any significant damage to this season’s winegrape crop, but reminded growers there could be serious weather problems ahead because of the slow grape development. Growers surveyed in the Central Valley, North Coast and Central Coast indicate winegrapes—depending on the region—are anywhere from two weeks […]

• Turn your juice into booze in 48 hours flat

Turn your juice into booze in 48 hours flat

You know what’s infinitely better than a carton of Tropicana? A carton of boozy Tropicana, of course. And if you’ve got $10 and two days, Spike Your Juice’s magic powder will make that happen. The process of getting from juice to happy juice is stupid simple: take a 64 oz. bottle of your favorite juice […]