Monthly Archives: May 2010

51 Research Projects Receive Funding

     The American Vineyard Foundation and several other organizations have joined together to fund more than $2.5 million in viticulture and enology research projects in 2010.

     The AVF alone contributed more than $1 million in funds, with the balance coming from other agencies.
     A total of 79 research proposals, including such diverse topics as mealybug control and microbiomics, were meticulously reviewed by a panel…

Posted in The Wine Business

In Search of 'Less Harsh' Wines

     QUESTION: We are new to wine, and find some of the red wines to be quite bitter. But we want to learn more, and were wondering what types of wine aren’t so harsh.

     ANSWER: The bitterness you’re experiencing comes from the tannin (or tannic acid) found in grape skins and oak barrels.

     When making red wines, it’s traditional to leave the grape juice in contact with the skins, and most red wines…

Posted in Wine FAQ

Getting Married? Head to Wine Country!

     Two long-time Sonoma County wine country destinations have been selected to receive 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards by WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings.

     The awards recognize the top 5 percent of all-inclusive wedding venues, defined as demonstrating excellence in quality, service and professionalism. And making this year’s list are the Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. Restaurant in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg.

     Surrounded by the scenic northern California landscape, lush vineyards and beautifully landscaped grounds…

Posted in Vinesse Style

Destructive Grapevine Moth Targeted by Ag Officials

     When a group of moths destroys an entire vineyard’s crop – as happened last fall in the Napa Valley – you take it seriously.

     The insect in question is the European grapevine moth, and its introduction in California has growers and winery owners throughout the North Coast region nervous.

     According to a report by Robert Digitale in the Press Democrat newspaper of Santa Rosa, Calif., it’s possible that…

Posted in Editor's Journal
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