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  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Malbec

    History of the grape: Some believe Malbec is named after a Hungarian peasant who spread plantings along the French co...

  • Petit Verdot

    History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Good luck, Dale. Hey, OT.  Thanks for dropping by.I am confused, a ... the grapes have passed the veraison phase, they should not be affected by smoke.When the fires struck, last year, most of the harvest was complete.  Even the grapes that were still hanging were well past veraison.  However, it seems like I am hearing some comments that ther... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Smoke Tainted Wine Bottles

  • Is any1 selling any? My wife loves to drink a wine with Smoke Taint but I am wondering if any1 knows of a resource that has them I know most people do not want them but she does. We had a bottle like this one time some years back at a restaurant and we can't remember the brand name but it was from Oregon. Read More

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  • Throughout my global wine travels, the winegrowers I meet offer a unified ... ... protection, though, and as veraison approached in late July and early August, new showers arrived with just enough moisture to awaken the vines for ripening.Only Happy When It RainsThe vintage was touch and go until mid-September. Just has summer had arrived in t... Read More

    From the article A Vintage Success Story (To Everyone's Surprise)

  • Galileo once said “Wine is water, held together by sunlight.” With ... the berries get bigger, and veraison, when the berries change color and soften.  At this point, it is important to monitor water levels since too much water will burst the rapidly expanding fruit and too little water can be used to control berry size.  This is a time where ... Read More

    From the article The Water and Your Wine

  • Just a few short weeks before Bordeaux En Primeur 2016, I found myself back in ... ... stop vine growth during veraison; 4: full ripening of various grape varieties due to dry warm weather in August and September; 5: dry and slightly warm weather during harvest resulting in the grapes being picked at optimal ripeness without running the risk ... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: Bordeaux 2015

  • The opportunity to invest in wine before it enters the bottle is a special one, ... ... during August’s veraison (grape color change), but September and October brought on rapid concentration with higher than average temperatures, plentiful sunshine and near drought-like conditions in gravelly vineyards. Duroux said that in one month, clusters... Read More

    From the article Investing in Bordeaux 2014

  • You should never judge a grape by its color. This past week wine ... noir ... ... noir clusters purple at veraison, different genes are the only way noir and gris will come out noir (black) and gris (grey, but really more of a pinky-bronze). So, frankly, what gives?” The answer can be traced to the genetic makeup of the grapes, which is diffe... Read More

    From the article Pinot Noir: Parent to a Rather Mutated Family

  • A bush fire which burned through 12,500 hectares of land in Australia's ... sensitive to smoke during veraison and the Adelaide Hills vines had yet to reach veraison when the blaze crept through the region. “It's less risk than it is closer to harvest,” Krstic said. He said the smoke enters the grapes and sits just under the skin. Krstic noted... Read More

    From the article Adelaide Hills Winemakers Discuss Fire Damage

  • Oregon's warmest growing season in recorded history, 2014, is brimming with bounty. With bud break, bloom and véraison all taking place about two to three weeks earlier than average, Oregon vintners can officially put the 2014 growing season in the record books. A warmer than average spring with just the right amount of rain triggered an early b... Read More

    From the article Vintage Scoop: Oregon in 2014

  • Krupp Brothers Veraison Napa Valley 2009


    Favorite from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love Field. From the CRU Tasting Notes: 'Complex nose displaying layers of ripe cassis, dark plum, toasted vanilla spice, bay leaf, floral notes and subtle earthy aromas...The persistent, yet elegant finish is polished and round...' All three were interesting, though this one ha... Read More

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