Wine Thoughts

Ohhh, The Politics of Wine!

I recently came across some wines that surprised me; the surprise came in their intense aromas and great mouth feel; these wines were the product of an exemplary blend of more than 5 varietals.  The sommelier who recommended the wines noted that these were “premium wines” and I should not be misled by the word […]

Organic Wines Validate AVA’s–A Wines’ Place

The first AVA (American Viticulture Area) in the U.S. was in Missouri (actually near Saint Louis). The latest designated AVA (American Viticulture Area) is in Sonoma County, CA. At this time there are approximately 199 designated AVA’s in the U.S. They are in states such as New York, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Washington, Oregon, etc. Aside […]

Dreaming of making your own premium wine?

Dreaming of making your own premium wine?

Most wine enthusiasts either secretly or openly harbor a fantasy of producing that perfect 100-point wine that pairs beautifully with their favorite foods or can stand on its own for casual sipping with friends.  It might be a red or a white, made from your favorite varietal, and it can make your taste buds explode […]

Automation In The Vineyard Delivers Quality Fruit and Reduces Harvest Costs

Automation In The Vineyard Delivers Quality Fruit and Reduces Harvest Costs

Agriculture is at the heart of winemaking and, as in most farm activities, is hard work.  Yes, it also has the elements of romance, butit is still farming.  From one harvest tothe next it is 11 months of waiting and 1 month of fever pitches activity.   Untilthe last decade, the harvest was a function of […]

If A Winery Wants or Needs To Adjust Alcohol Levels In Their Wine-Spinning Cone Is A Solution

Anthony Dann-CEO This is an article about a company called ConeTech and its founder, Mr. Anthony Dann.   What ConeTech does is adjust the alcohol level in wine without compromising aromas and taste.  But, let me take a step back; please bear with me because I am a fan of “adjusting alcohol levels in wine” in […]

Wine Inexorably Linked to Celebrations of All Sorts

Wine Inexorably Linked to Celebrations of All Sorts

I occasionally look for reasons why wine is so intrinsically linked with celebrations and social events; more so than any other drink.  Wine’s place in history seems to have always been right in front of our eyes.  Even in earliest recorded history, wine seems to have many fans-from royalty to the common man. I grew […]

A Master Sommelier or Masters of Wine Are Important To Better Understand Wine

Can you explain what a Master Sommelier (MS) or Master of Wine (MW) means to wine lovers?  If you have a cursory understanding of what a MS and MW designation means in the world of wine, but certainly not enough to be conversant, let’s take a look at this topic. In wine, a person with […]

Sonoma Is a Great Place For Small Luxury Meetings Too!

Sonoma Is a Great Place For Small Luxury Meetings Too!

Wine Country to me has always been defined as Napa and Sonoma Counties.  People in the wine business and the hospitality business are always quick to point out there is no competitive rancor between the two markets. In a nutshell I would say that Napa (being about half the size of Sonoma) is more commercialized, more […]

100 point Grape Growing…Grapes By The Master–Andy Beckstoffer & To Kalon

100 point Grape Growing…Grapes By The Master–Andy Beckstoffer & To Kalon

For a period of time, longer than I care to dwell upon, I have heard of To Kalon Vineyards and their successes. There are stories about To Kalon Vineyard quality and its famous Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. A few years ago I was driving along and there, all of a sudden, I came face to face […]

Learning more about the wine business

I was talking with some people from Sonoma State University about their wine education program and discovered that their approach is to focus less on the science side of making wine and more on Wine Business Management. Checking with the course offerings at some other universities I notice that they do offer some courses about […]