Wine Technology

There are many ways of telling what a vine needs in the vineyard. On our visit, Michael took us into the Syrah at his Vineyard in Ballard Canyon and spoke to us about how the vines communicate with them. “We think of the vines as living...

Part 3 of a 4 part series on our trip to Hilliard Bruce in the Sta. Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County. Canopy management that you will see no where else! The planting style at Hilliard Bruce is compact with 2,420 vines per acre at a spacing...

In 1874 when Edwin Smith moved to Paso Robes the area of Halter Ranch was still known as Las Tablas.  This is the name of the creek that runs through the property and gives it’s name to the Haas/Perrin winery just over the hill. It...

Gravity flow wineries.  Lately it’s a high tech term, but really it seems like common sense doesn’t it?  In Bordeaux Chateau Lynch-Bages built a tank house that employed a railed gravity flow system in 1850. The lower level held the vats and the upper level...

Wine began stored and aged in amphorae (sealed earthenware or clay jars) that were used in Greece and Rome.   [caption id="attachment_5472" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Wine Urn's[/caption] It was the Celts in around 50BD that devised using wooden barrels to store and transport wines (those Celts…so smart!) [caption id="attachment_5463" align="alignleft"...

Avant Wine & Tapas from Crushed Grape Chronicles on Vimeo. So…after our first day of tasting on our trip.  Hitting Santa Barbara and then a stop in Los Olivos, we checked into the hotel and headed out for dinner.  With my pre-planning we had picked up...

I will admit to a bit of snobbery.  I really had no desire to go to Wilson Creek in Temecula. I mean you find bottles of their Almond champagne in Long’s Drug Stores (well you did when they were around).  I figured how could they...