• First Fruit

    Massican opened Harvest 2009 at Larkmead on Thursday, August 20. On said day, I ventured to Pope Valley to bear witness to Sauvignon Blanc being harvested...


  • Summer Vacation.

    Summer Vacation.I spent my summer vacation in New York City and Cape Cod eating and drinking with friends.   I don't have many sublime bottles to report...


  • An Ode to Wine Drinking History

    An Ode to Wine Drinking HistoryIn my last post, I wrote about the dilemma I am facing in naming my personal wine project.  I said that I am 99% sure of what...


  • Terroir, an Addendum.

    Terroir, an Addendum.Last week, Greg posted a spot-on treatise on the Terroir debate.Between Greg and the readers who commented, there was enough meat in...


  • Bottling Day

    Below is the third and final installment of bottling our 2008 Tocai Friulano and 2007 Firebelle. As promised, here is an attempt at presenting the process...


  • Bottling Prep, Part 2

    I left off in the last post  talking about the process of “racking” a wine in preparation for bottling.  I also detailed some chemistry information...


  • Bottle Racking

    In a post earlier this year titled “Winter Winemaking”, I discussed a little bit of the thought process and ensuing vinification activity of a young wine...


  • Winemaking Techniques: Disclosure and Regulation

    Friends of Snooth, not much of a blog here, but hoping to get some forum-like feedback.Last week on the “eBob” bulletin board a question was posed...


  • Taste, Taste, Eat, Taste

    Since my Tasting group of hard-hitting Sonoma County Pinot Noir producers somehow disbanded last year, I have taken it upon myself to fill the void in...


  • Ten Years Back (and Forward?)

    About this time in 1999, I took an unknowing, impassioned first step into what has now turned into a ten-year love affair with wine.  Today I find myself...


  • Wine Writing

    It's Tuesday, the night before my blog is to be posted. And although there is always scintillating things to talk about regarding the wine world, I have to...


  • Ermitage

    I spent the last week in the French countryside for work – the Loire Valley, Burgundy and the Northern Rhone.  The wine countryside(s).  I was there to...


  • Vintage Reports

    It's the middle of January and Napa Valley is unseasonably warm (back-to-back 80 and 82 degree days this week) and dry.  Winter, which promises wet weather...


  • Harvest by the numbers

    With the daily polls touting candidate's ups and downs, state by state, coast to coast, and with my fellow guest blogging Canadian's recent statistical look...


  • Harvest 2008, Merlot Fermentation.

    It has been a little over one month since we first harvested Sauvignon Blanc on a scorching summer day. In the weeks that followed, the seemingly endless...


  • Harvest 2008, Post 2: Survival of the fittest

    Winemakers in Napa Valley are breathing a sigh of relief this week.  There has finally been a reprieve in the weather that has been blistering through...


  • Larkmead Vineyards Harvest 2008

    Larkmead Vineyards Harvest 2008Harvesting HotOn August 15 Larkmead Vineyards commenced its 125th harvest.  And it was not the only three digits we reached...


  • The Art of Blending

    At Larkmead Vineyards we have a Tasting Room. But as our venerable, resident raconteur and Winery General Manager likes to say, we don't normally give tours...


  • Rethinking Bordeaux

    For you business school types, wine geeks, Bordeaux aficionados and value seekers, the good people at Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration...


  • A Postcard from Sicily

    The Sicilians say, that Sicily is a great place to live but a terrible place to work. The have the sun, the sea, the wine and the women, but they don't have...


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