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Commonsense winemaking – planting a vineyard

Commonsense winemaking – planting a vineyard – column Richard G. Peterson Q: We’re planting a vineyard now and will build a winery later. In case we have to blend several varieties together, we’d like to plant varieties which would be compatible in blends later. Can we blend Semillon with Chardonnay? What does this do to […]

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Syrah decline increasing?

Syrah decline increasing? Larry Walker In 1999, growers on the Central Coast of California noticed problems with Syrah vines in some vineyards. Mark Battany, UC extension farm advisor in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, noted that symptoms included early reddening of the leaves, grapes not reaching ripeness and poor juice color, leading to […]

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Australian ZORK takes the plunge – Events

Australian ZORK takes the plunge – Events – Brief Article Yet another experimental closure has popped up as a potential alternative to both corks and screwcaps. The ZORK incorporates a screwcap, but once that is twisted off, a plastic plunger is pulled out by hand, contributing both a reassuring, cork-reminiscent pop and the ability for […]

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Scraping the barrel for recycling

Scraping the barrel for recycling Frank Smith Wooden barrels are difficult to sterilize, but they are too expensive to use just once and then throw away. Sophie Lecomte of Thales SA of France told the 2001 World Congress of the OIV (Office International de la Vigne et du Vin) at Adelaide that using second-hand barrels […]

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the quiet invasion of Cabernet franc

Let’s be Franc: the quiet invasion of Cabernet franc Larry Walker If you are a vintner looking for a niche market varietal that no one is likely to see at Trader Joe’s for $1.99, you might consider Cabernet franc. Or if you are thinking of putting in some vines and worried about the current grape […]

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Brown-Forman: a company on the move – Brown Forman Corp – includes related articles

Brown-Forman: a company on the move – Brown Forman Corp – includes related articles – Company Profile Larry Walker The Brown-Forman Corp. of Louisville, Ky., already a major player in the national wine market, has announced plans to expand into international wine and sparkling wine sales. The company has formed a new group, Brown-Forman Wine […]

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Worldbeat

Worldbeat Larry Walker It could be good news for California Cabernet producers if rumors from Bordeaux are true. Trade sources say that when vintage 2000 wines are released on the futures market in May, prices will be well up from 1999. Following widespread criticism of high prices in recent years, the Bordelais actually reduced prices […]

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Wine and health

Wine and health Paul Scholten Wine and Health PAUL SCHOLTEN, M.D. I have been prescribing and recommending wine to my patients as a healthful food, appetite stimulant, and mild natural tranquilizer, for almost 30 years. These values are soundly documented and have been known to physicians for centuries. My reason for discussing them is the […]

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Pennsylvania wine: its time has come

Pennsylvania wine: its time has come Christine Carroll Pennsylvania’s moderate climate and rolling terrain provide some of this country’s most favorable grape-growing conditions. The state produces at least 70 varieties, more than most wine regions, and ranks fourth nationally in grapegrowing, with more than 14,000 acres under production. Pennsylvania is also the home of the […]

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Spencer Roloson: a start-up winery doing it right

Spencer Roloson: a start-up winery doing it right – Brief Article Larry Walker Samuel Spencer and Wendy Roloson didn’t just blunder into the wine business. Recognizing that the world was not going to beat a path to their cellar door, they combined Spencer’s winemaking experience with Roloson’s business expertise to get their startup Spencer Roloson […]