America’s Winemaking Past And Future Is Found In The Finger Lakes
Did you know the first wine grapes were planted in the Finger Lakes wine region, Hammondsport on Keuka Lake to be specific, ten year prior to the first wine grapes being planted in Napa Valley?
Loire Valley Producers Respond To Consumer Demand For Organic Wine
Are American wine drinkers specifically requesting certified organic wines? If so, what is behind this movement?
Forbes Article: Portugal’s Alentejo Region Utilizes Sustainability in Crafting Premium Wine
When you purchase a bottle of wine do you consider wine’s environmental impact?
Forbes Article: Yarra Valley Wine Growers Embrace Phylloxera Infestation As An Opportunity To Prepare For Climate Change
What is a wine region to do when faced with two devastating threats? This question is top of mind in Australia’s Yarra Valley, where they are dealing with a phylloxera infestation and climate change. When I asked Mac Forbes, winemaker/owner Mac Forbes Wines, he replied, “Can I flip a coin?” Surprisingly, the overall attitude in…
Cline Cellars Goes ‘Beyond Sustainable’ – Taking Vineyard Farming to a New Level
Fred Cline started Cline Family Cellars in Oakley, California in 1982. In 1989, he purchased a 350-acre horse farm in Carneros and moved the winery to Sonoma. For years he farmed his vineyards conventionally. Overtime, he began to explore alternative methods for farming his vineyards. He partnered with soil manager Bobby Cannard, and the two…
Getting Dirty with Alsace Riesling
Visitng Alsace has been on my bucket list for years. I have researched and written many articles on the region and the wines. From a book perspective I know Alsace. However, I have never been to Alsace – until now. I returned last night from a wonderful week in Alsace.
Fetzer Vineyards: Many Faces, One Focus
It would seem at first approach that Fetzer Vineyards has a personality disorder. After all they have many different brands under their large umbrella. Upon further inspection it is evident that there is a mission, a singular focus woven through each brand, each wine, like the spokes holding the umbrella together. And if you haven’t…
Sutro Wine Company: Embracing Community and Wine
Minutes before I sat down to research this article I was conversing via text with a dear friend who was about to embark on a service opportunity that would challenge her on many levels. My response of encouragement to her was “I’m guessing when it’s over and you look back you will feel you received…
How Lodi Rules Supports Sustainability and Stewardship
As we look to Earth Day we are reminded once again that humans were given dominion over the earth. Many embrace the definition of dominion as authority or control. A Biblical understanding of the word dominion means stewardship, to supervise or take care of something. Though both definitions are accurate, as it pertains to the…
Ritual Wines: A Labor of Love
What is your labor of love? For me, being a parent can be a labor of love. I don’t think there is anything else I do that is more important than stewarding my kids into being respectful, responsible, intelligent, philanthropic contributors to society. It is a role and a responsibility that comes, at times, with…