The Dirty Truth Soil Health Plays In Wine
Walking through Joseph Cattin’s Le Clos Madelon Alsatian vineyard, it’s hard to imagine it once being a World War I battleground. The fully covered ground is soft, sponge-like under foot. Chickens forage freely through the vineyard. Indiscriminately extracted plugs of earth reveals moist, living soil teeming with microbial life.
Wine Enthusiast Article: The ‘Monumental’ Role Soil Microbes Play In Wine
The feature I wrote for the Feb/March edition of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, “Down In the Dirt,” is now digitally available.What do soil microbes have to do with fine wine production? Everything!
Off-Target Herbicide Drift Threatens Vineyards Across U.S.
In my first article for Wine Business Monthly I tackle a topic so important, it threatens the very existence of the US wine we enjoy.
The Buyer Latest: Building Vineyard Diversity to Combat Climate Change
I am thrilled to share with you my first article in the prestigious UK publication – The Buyer. This topic is so important and this article was a true labor of love for me. Please take a moment to read it and share your thoughts with me.
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…
Celebrating Biodynamic Viticulture And The Beauty Of The Languedoc With Gérard Bertrand #Winophiles
As concern grows globally about impacts of climate change, viticultural practices take center stage in many wine focused conversations. Pros and cons of sustainability, organic, and biodynamic farming are weighed heavily throughout the wine community in whispers and roars. For winemaker, Gérard Bertrand, who has been farming biodynamically for 16 years in France’s Languedoc region,…