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Common Vineyard Pests, Diseases & How to Treat Them


Phylloxera is a microscopic aphid that feeds on the roots of grapevines; it is responsible for the Great French Wine Blight. Also known as Oidium, Powdery Mildew attacks...

How to Pair Argentinian Malbec With Fish, Meat and Pasta


Malbec’s mild tannins are a great match to grilled, thick-fleshed fish. Malbec also pairs perfectly with rich tomato sauce-based pasta dishes. Medium to full-bodied,...

How Malbec Came to be Argentina's New World Signature Wine


It may then come as a surprise to many to learn that Malbec is actually a French grape variety, brought over in the 1800s after The Great French Wine Blight caused by...

U.S. Wine Is All Over The Map


From California to New York, each state has its own primary grape that is cultivated as the star of their wine show. In Alaska and California, it's Cab Sauv, while in...

Common Vine Diseases and Disorders


Common vine diseases include harmful ones like powdery mildew, downy mildew, bunch rot and Pierce's Disease. However, some afflictions, like noble rot, are often...

Here's the Difference Between Wine Grapes and Table Grapes


Wine grapes are smaller with large, hard seeds for the production of tannin while table grapes are large with small seeds for added juice and sweetness.

Edaphology 101: Don't Plant Vineyards in These Soils


Edaphology is the science which studies the soil's influence on living organisms, especially plants. The best vineyards are those planted in soils with a high mineral...

Pedology 101: The Process of Vineyard Site Selection


You need to practice prudent pedology, the study of soil. To fortify the soil, add necessary lime, nitrogen, compost or other additives. Another consideration is ripping...

From Pigeage to Carbonic: The Process of Maceration


Maceration is the oenological term used to describe the process of extraction from grapes. It can be done before, during or after fermentation to yield the desired...

Best Food Pairings for Claret


Looking for food pairings for that Claret? Whether it's a Merlot-based or Cabernet-based Claret, it will go best with specific vegetables and meats like steak, venison,...

5 Classifications of Wine: Still, Sparkling & Fortified


Still Wine, Sparkling Wine, Fortified Wine, Brandy, Grappa and Vermouth are all styles of wine that differ based on their alcohol content and vinification process.

How Pedology and Edaphology Affects Viticulture


Pedology and Edaphology are the two divisions that make up the study of soil, otherwise referred to as soil science. Along with climate, temperature and exposure to...

Wine & the Ancient Roman Empire


Historical and religious writings reveal that wine existed as far back as Egyptian times, but instead it is the Ancient Romans that we have to thank for much of the wine...

Summer Entertaining: Food and Wine Pairings of the Season


Melon and Proscuito Wraps are sweet, salty, juicy snacks and pair best with a dry Rosé. medium-bodied, floral white wine like an Argentine Torrontes, Pinot Grigio, a...

Best Italian Wine?  Ask the Sommeliers


With thousands of reds, whites and rosés to choose from, selecting Italian wine can be a daunting challenge. We reached out to prominent sommeliers and wine directors to...