October 2012 – In the Lab

“I haven’t found many wines I don’t agree with…unripe persimmon is one of them.” This isn’t a famous wine quote.  This is a thought that I just had, because after thorough research, there are just not many decent quotes on persimmon wine. As I have said before, these will not be posts about consecutive triumphs …

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Winespeak – Vinification

The process of making wine from berries is fairly straightforward, as natural processes take care of the majority of the magic that turns sugar into alcohol.  (There is actually a study of winemaking, called oenology. Who knew?  During my college years, I thought the only study of this was hands-on research after hours) As I have alluded to …

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October 2012 – In the Field

At a time when the rest of the grape growing world was harvesting the 2012 vintage, we were ready to hit the ground running.  The untouched, trellis-less, hole-less, vine-less ground. The site visit was informative and much appreciated.  The extension office rep was brave enough to ride in my brother’s truck, which is basically a …

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September 2012 – Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

Anyone that knows anything knows that figuring out a name can be one of the biggest hurdles to be jumped during the creation process.  I imagine you have attempted naming something you have invented, be it a revolutionary would-be product or possibly a mixed drink you conjured up using a select mix of whatever you …

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August 2012 – Grafting Ideas

As fall of 2012 approached, we continued to be enthralled by all things wine related and embarked on copious research at wineries. Research: In this context, we refer to this as tasting wines, visiting wineries, and talking to vintners.  It is best carried out by tasting multiple varietals for comparison reasons and taking quality notes. …

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