Join us each week for more “geeky stuff”. We grow 5 varieties of wine grapes! Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha Tinta and Alvariño are our main grape varieties, as well as a dozen Orange Muscat vines and four table grape vines along our driveway for shade (and raisins)! The varieties ripen at different rates and are generally […]
Join us each week for some Geeky wine stuff! Did you know that (almost) all grape juice is clear, not colored? Yes! The color of wine generally comes from the skins as the pulp of most grapes, light grapes AND dark grapes is colorless. In order to extract the color and other goodies from the […]
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Do you know why it’s important to have green in the vineyard? The leaves (canopy) of the grape vines produce carbohydrates (sugars) from sunlight, water and CO2 gas to grow plant tissue and ripen the grape clusters. The growing vine also provides nutrients for the microbes that live in the soil, […]
Soon the vines will start to wake up. They will begin to weep as the sap rises from the roots where it was stored over winter. This years buds will start to get fuzzy as they get ready to swell into larger buds and eventually break open and show off their bright green leaves!
We’re going to wrap up this month of barrel talk with a little bit about these compounds and what contributions a barrel can give to a red wine. . First of all…what is a phenolic compound? A phenolic compound by definition is an aromatic organic compound that has a phenol ring in its structure. There […]
We do this periodically to prevent the wine from spoiling. A barrel is not an airtight container such as a stainless-steel drum. A barrel will allow evaporation of wine through the wood itself and the tiny spaces between boards of the staves and the heads. This evaporative process drives the phenomenon called microoxygenation (or microx) […]
Summer is on its way and this sensuous delight should be on the menu. As happens every spring, “Rosé season” has been officially announced. Whatever that means. Our rosé available throughout the entire year, although it is often labeled purely a spring or early summer sipper. The wine and the recipe below are delicious any time of year […]