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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Crazy Weather and Wine

Worldwide this was a wacky season for wine grapes with crops affected in many places.

A world view from Bloomberg

A local view from Jordan Winery's blog

Monday, September 18, 2017

Yes, Expensive Wine Does Taste Better

Actually it appears to taste better or so our brain tells us. A study showed that the price label on the bottle changed the perception of the quality of the wine. Though this scientific study dove into why this happens it's something wine marketing folks have known for awhile. Not just wine, but car manufacturers, clothing retailers, etc.

The study

Friday, September 15, 2017

You Can Tell It's Harvest Season in Sonoma County

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The wine grape harvest changes many things with the Sonoma County landscape. Peg Melnik from
the local paper tells you all about it in great detail:

Press Democrat article

But if you only want the short summary:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

It's a Hell of a Grape Harvest

Remembering back to that record rainfall last winter and the delayed spring it seemed we were looking at a fairly normal harvest. Then there was the record hot summer. The kicker was the near all-time record heat for several days around Labor Day.

What you get are raisined grapes as the moisture is pulled out to protect the plant. Just add water? A couple issues there: 1) Some vineyards are dry farmed so that's not a choice, 2) Watering close to harvest can dilute the concentrated flavors you're looking for in premium wines.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A New Wine Tasting Room

And it's run by students! Bet you didn't expect that. And it's situated a few minutes from Lake Michigan. Bet you didn't expect that either.

A local college has a wine and viticulture program. Students make and sell their wines. It's a chance to mingle directly with the consumer, something that not enough winemakers do. 

Article from Wines & Vines

Friday, September 8, 2017

California's Hottest Summer on Record

June, July, and August 2017 are going down as the warmest summer on record for California. With records going back to the 1890s the state has mostly been running warmer than average since 2000. This summer is more than three degrees above the statewide average--and the hottest ever.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Reviewing the Popular Inexpensive Wines

Dave McIntyre, a writer for the Washington Post, takes a sometimes humorous look at the cheap wine world and reviews the biggest sellers. Some appear to be good deals, others like pure hangover juice.

America's Favorite Cheap Wines

Monday, September 4, 2017

Autumn 2017 Events in Sonoma County

It's grape picking season and there's lots to see. You can even smell the harvest! There's usually great weather, but you can always count on great wine and great food.

There are many events going on between September and November. Enjoy the bounty of Sonoma County.

Friday, September 1, 2017

September is California Wine Month

As California is the country's largest wine producer and receives millions of visitors each year someone decided we should have a wine month! There are quite a few events going on statewide to help you celebrate.

In Sonoma County the largest event is the Wine Country Weekend followed by our Harvest Fair the first weekend of October (we just can't stop celebrating).

See the full list here.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Want to Work a Grape Harvest?

  Ah, the romance of the wine country. Imagine being right in the middle of it and actually contributing to the making of the wines you love. Well, hold on there. Working a wine grape harvest ain't exactly like that.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Preventing Dehydration From Alcohol

Yeah, first the article says to drink less. Ha ha, like that's an option. The other thing mentioned is to drink lots of water before and while you're consuming alcohol. This, of course, is the way to prevent dehydration and this is one component of a hangover. Other contributors to a hangover are effects on your immune system, your stomach, your circulatory system, and your blood sugar.

Other than water drinking Gatorade, eating fruit, and salty foods all help. This, of course, is why they invented pretzels.

Preventing dehydration from alcoho

On a related note for folks who get red wine headaches (it's usually from histamines) here's the new miracle cure

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Sonoma or Napa, Which is Better?

There's a question that's been asked a few times. There is no right answer, but a reporter from Business Insider thinks she's found it. No, I don't know why a financial writer is doing this piece.

Napa vs. Sonoma

Read through the article, paying close attention to the pros and cons at the end. I can tell you what she did wrong.