from dirt to glass, the journey of grapes to wine

from Dirt to Glass

Wine it’s simply crushed and fermented grapes. The variations and the stories are what make it so fascinating. I love that we talk about wine breathing…it is a reminder that wine is alive and changing.

Winemakers

Perhaps even more important than any of this is the story of the winery, the winemaker and the people who love these wines, their philosophies and the different ways they bring their reverence to the grape.

The Grapes

The variations in wine are beyond comprehension. And the stories behind the wines are as lush and beautiful as the wines themselves. Our goal at Crushed Grape Chronicles is to explore and chronicle the grape and it’s many stories and it’s journey from dirt to glass. Join the Adventure!

From dirt to glass, learn all about the steps grapes take from getting from the vine to your glass.  The history of the grapes, the growing seasons, harvest, fermentation, barreling, bottling, the long journey to your glass. We talk to the Wine makers about their stories and the journey from dirt to glass.

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the Grapes

Learn about the grapes and varietals that create the wines you love. We help you explore the journey these grapes take from getting from the vine to your glass, the history of the grapes, the growing seasons, harvest, fermentation, barrels, bottling to your glass. We even talk to the wine makers about their stories and the journey from dirt to glass.

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wine education

the exploration of the many facets of wine

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Wine Basics

smelling, tasting, food, cheese, the exploration

Opus 1, Napa Valley, CA grapes

the Vines

From dirt to glass, learn about all of the steps that grapes take from getting from the vine to your glass, the history of the grapes, the growing seasons, harvest, fermentation, barrels, bottling to your glass. We even talk to the wine makers about their stories and the journey from dirt to glass. Here we talk about the Vineyard and the Vineyard Management of the vines. From Trellising to Clones, and everything in between.

Michael Larner

the wine makers

the farmer, the scientist, the dreamer, the passion

the people behind the wine

Winemakers, they are the first people we think of when we think of a wine.  They create wines from a multitude of methods and philosophies.  Some winemakers start in the field, with the growing of the grapes, carefully watching the way the grapes are watered or fertilized.  Some winemakers, are more concerned with the science in the cellar, with the tending to the juice and how it ferments or ages.  Some are a little out there, trying new techniques or diving back into old ones.  Many are a mix of these things, and they all make unique wines.

Napa Vineyard

the Seasons

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, follow the grapes on their journey, from the vine to your glass. There is work to be done in each of the seasons.  Here the people behind the share their stories of getting the grapes, from dirt to glass.

Just as wine is forever changing, the wine industry and people who are apart of it are constantly changing providing us an ever expanding education.  This page will continue to develop, with experiences and information we gather, learning about each season, the different climates, practices, and innovations that develop, to make each years wine better than before.

Picking Pinot Noir at Clos Pepe

the Harvest

when to harvest, the science, the philosophy, the process

As the grapes ripen, most eyes are on the vineyard. Watching the color of the grapes and checking the sugar levels. They call the sugar level in the grapes Brix. Brix translate into the final alcohol level in the wine. This is because during fermentation those yeasties are going to break down the sugars and turn that into alcohol, so the science says that if you pick a grape at 26 Brix you will get a wine in the end that is around 14.5. The sugars in the grape are affected by the climate. Warmer climates cause the grapes to get riper, the sugars higher and the resulting wines will be higher in alcohol and vice versa.

the stories behind the vines

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