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Oenology is the science of all aspects of winemaking and wine. Oenology does not study vine growing or grape harvesting, those areas fall under the subfield of viticulture. A person who studies oenology... (Read on)

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When you are first entering the world of wine, one of the most confusing concepts is the difference between varietal and regionally (appellation) labelled wines. The difference... (Read on)
Roussillon: Home to Good Red and White Wine

Roussillon, one of France’s sunniest regions, is situated in the Deep South West near the Spanish border. Roussillon now boasts 2,000 winemaking families, 25 cooperative cellars and 345 private cellars. The region grows as many as 23 varieties of grapes
How Many Levels of Sweetness Are There in German Wines?

Germany (and Austria) stand out among the other wine-producing countries and the wines are classified using a german wine classification in accordance with the the level of sweetness of the wines. Pradikatswein ?modeled after the Qualitatswein mit Pradik
Albert J. Winkler & His Contributions to Viticulture

Few can claim to have had as profound an impact on modern day viticulture as Albert J. Winkler. He was a horticulturist” and “the father of modern-day Californian viticulture” along with Maynard Amerine. The Winkler Scale, heat summation regions, degree
The Anatomy of the Grapevine Explained

The anatomy of a grape is complex, made up of essential inner and out parts like the Phloem, which is responsible for transporting essential nutrients. It’s important to differentiate the root of a grapevine from the rootstock. Grafting of rootstocks...
Common Vineyard Pests, Diseases & How to Treat Them

You are gambling on your own ability to prevent or control the myriad of pests and diseases that want to call your vineyard their home. Phylloxera is a microscopic aphid that feeds on the roots of grapevines. Also known as Oidium, Powdery Mildew attacks.
The Scenery and Sangiovese of Tuscany

The wine in Tuscany, influenced by the Mediterranean Climate and culture, is some of the best to pair with vast varieties of food?. Sangiovese, arguably the most widely used of all Italian varietals, is the mainstay in the majority of Tuscany's reds.
Introduction to the Red and White Noble Grapes

Noble Grapes used to be considered the backbone of wine making industry, the essential varietals for producing the best quality wines. Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon are the staple Noble Grapes. ABC...
The Regulated Wines of South African Viticulture

The wine of South Africa may be placed in the category of New World wines, however, this exotic country, found in the far expanses of the southern hemisphere, has been making wine for almost 400 years. Its classification system is known as Wine of Origin
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 phylloxera. Today, 75% of New World Malbec is grown in Argentina.
Understanding Wine Varietals

Wine varietals are simply the type or types of grapes used to make wine, these are usually categorized by color and genetic familial traits.Varietals make the wine, while white grapes aren't used to make red wine, red grapes are used to make white wine.
What Is a Rose Wine?

What is Rosé Wine? A hybrid between white and red wine. Rosé is of French origin and can be dry or very sweet. The acidity of a rosé has the affinity to cut through and balance out fatty foods like our favorite picnic charcuterie or even a great quiche..
What Corked Means - and Other Tricky Wine Terminology

Corked wine simply means that the wine has been contaminated with cork taint via the presence of trichloroanisole or TCA.... Drinking a corked wine is not harmful in any way, but the wine will not smell or taste its best... Tannin is the characteristic..
Wine and Wood: Combining Tradition with New Techniques

Wines aged in oak barrels have a sophisticated and oaky set of flavors and aroma, but new-age techniques have reinvented the concept of introducing oak flavors into wine.
The Simple Side of Food and Wine Pairing

Wine pairing is essential to a great meal, learn which wines to pair with meats, pastas, sauces, fish, and even desserts and what rules to disregard.
How Sparkling Wine and Champagne are Made

What makes Champagne "Champagne" and how is it different from sparkling wine? Not all sparkling wine is Champagne, but all Champagne is sparkling wine because.....
In Defense of the Wine Cork

Cork is a traditional, eco-friendly material used to seal wine bottles. However, its reputation of leakage and tainting has lead to industry professionals preferring synthetic alternatives. Find out why we're in defense of the old wine cork!
An Exceptional Vineyard in the South of France

In the South of France lies the Abbey de Lerin, famous for its assortment of traditional wines. Producing red & white wines, these monks on St. Honorat have won prestigious awards for their creations.
The Basics of Storing (and Serving!) Wine

Wine temperatures during storage determine how a wine will taste. Find out which glasses are right for each particular wine!
How Do All Those Aromas and Flavors Get Into Wine?

Different wines can carry variations of similar aromas; fermentation processes, geographical vineyard properties and aging methods can influence these aromas. Learn about why your wine may taste earthy, fruity or tarty.
The Wine Fraud of Rose de Provence

Millions of consumers are being fooled by false rosé wine with the Provence label; some wines have been adulterated (addition of cheaper products) while others have completely fraudulent labelling, intentionally manufactured to mislead consumers.
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In the context of viticulture, hang time is the amount of time viticulturists let grapes hang on the vine for in order for them to ripen. Leaving the grapes on the... Read more

DOC (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) Orvieto and Orvieto Classico is the wine region in Lazio and Umbria of Italy. The wines here are mainly white blends... Read more

The color of a wine can indicate many things about the wine including the varietal used to produce it and its age. Sometimes, color can also indicate the level of... Read more

Agronomy is a practice and science of plant production that comes from technology and agricultural applications, both traditional and holistic. Most crops are... Read more

There are various laboratory tests that can be done to grapevine crops and to the wines they produce before and after fermentation. Most of these tests determine... Read more
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