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.
Bourgogne Grapples With Fighting Frost Without Producing Emissions
In seeking to first do no harm: Why are carbon dioxide producing active methods so widely utilized for fighting frost in Bourgogne vineyards, and elsewhere?
Latest in Wine Enthusiast: New Hope In Chile
During this time wrought with division and marginalization, it is my humble honor to share a story of taking chances, hope, and trust in unlikely partnerships between Chile’s Indigenous Buchaheuico and Lickan Antay communities and it’s wine industry. Together these partnerships are addressing centuries of dehumanization and abstract poverty through wine production.
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.
Forbes Article: What’s The Deal with Carbonic Maceration In Wine
“I have always been a fan of carbonic maceration wines,” shares Tonya Pitts, sommelier and wine consultant. “This style of wine has its place in the world of wine. It is fresh, bright, easy drinking with the correct amount of fruit and tannin structure.” What is carbonic maceration and how can it make a grape such…
Forbes Article: What’s The Deal With Orange Wine?
What’s the deal with orange wine? Why has a skin-fermented white wine been marred by misconceptions and controversy? Why even consider drinking a wine that’s “orange”? My latest Forbes article dives into this racy subject with straight-forward information and a few fabulous orange wines you must try!
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 – For Love Not Money: These Napa Valley Passion Projects Are Worth Your Attention
Some stories are more personal than others. For me, this article is close to my heart. Last spring, while in Napa Valley attending the Wine Writer’s Educational Tour, I was introduced to four wines – misfits of sort, because they are crafted of lesser known varieties, yet grown in hard core Cabernet regions. I am…
Exploring Wine making Choices with #MWWC
Our lives are filled with choices. Do you chose to drink coffee or tea in the morning? If coffee do you chose to drink it with cream and sugar or black? What toppings do you chose to put on pizza? Do you chose action thriller movies or romantic comedies? Chances are if we were aware…