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The Daily Sip™: Winemaking

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Super Tuscans

  • Feb 10, 2015

Ever wondered what makes a Super Tuscan super? Well, to understand that, you have to...

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Hundreds or Thousands of Tons of Grapes = How Much Wine?

  • Oct 3, 2014

Recently, at a coffee shop in the Napa Valley, a Bottlenotes reporter ran into Doug Shafer,...

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Mastering the Art of Blending

  • Sep 19, 2014

This past August, Team Bottlenotes had the thrill of joining our friends at Sequoia Grove...

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Life with Wine: Amphorae

  • Sep 16, 2014

Winemakers and fashion designers share the habit of combing styles and techniques from the past...

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Sulfites: Headache Demon or Wine Savior?

  • Aug 26, 2014

Sulfites in wine get a bad rap, but the truth about sulphur dioxide, or SO2, is complex. SO2...

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Using the Garden and the Orchard to make Wine

  • Jun 16, 2014

What’s the most important thing when it comes to making great wine? Great grapes, right?...

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Life with Wine: The Vineyard

  • Jun 9, 2014

The appearance of tiny green flowers on the grape vine is perhaps the most critical juncture in...

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Life with Wine: Montepulciano

  • May 14, 2014

Inspired to improve his wines while reducing energy consumption, Michele Manelli, the winemaker...

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What Happens in the Vineyard While School is Out?

  • Aug 16, 2013

Summertime may be filled with vacation, pool-lounging and rosé-sipping for us, but the...

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Put on Your Stomping Shoes!

  • Oct 8, 2012

Grape stomping is a custom associated with the harvest, going back to Dionysus , the Greek god...

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What is the most indicative characteristic of a wine's alcohol level prior to fermentation?