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. 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 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.

Grapes in Veraison close-up

the Grapes

the history of each varietal, we lead you through the history and story of each grape.

Opus 1, Napa Valley, CA grapes

the Vines

the stories of the vines, where they grow, climate, types of grapes, and how they are grown.

Napa Vineyard

the Seasons

the seasonal changes and the stories, trials and tribulations of the journey of the grape on its way to harvest.

Picking Pinot Noir at Clos Pepe

the Harvest

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

Michael Larner

the wine makers

the farmer, the scientist, the dreamer, the passion

Corner 103 wine glasses

wine education

the exploration of the many facets of wine

from grapes to wine

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.

We break this down into three categories.

(more varietals will be added as we continue to explore all of the variations)

White Wines

light bodied Whites

the wines

Albariño

Gruner Veltliner

Muscadet

Pinot Gris

Picpoul

Sauvignon blanc

Soave

Vermentino

full bodied Whites

the wines

Chardonnay

Marsanne Blend

Semillon

Viognier

 

 

 

aromatic Whites

the wines

Chenin Blanc

Gewurtraminer

Muscat Blanc

Reisling

Torrontes

 

Red Wines

light bodied Red

the wines

Gamay

Pinot Noir

 

 

 

 

medium bodied Red

the wines

Barbera           Montepulciano

Cabernet Franc    Negromaro

Carignan    Rhone/GSM Blend

Carmenere              Sangiovese

Grenache     Valpolicella Blend

Mencia                          Zinfandel

Merlot

full bodied Red

the wines

Aglianico                    Petit Verdot

Bordeaux Blend           Petit Sirah

Cabernet Sauvignon      Pinotage

Malbec                                     Syrah

Mouvedre                     Tempranillo

Nebbiolo               Touriga Nacional

Nero D’avola

Specialty Wines

Sparkling Wine

the wines

Cava

Champagne

Lambrusco

Prosecco

 

 

 

 

the wines

Rosé

 

 

 

 

 

desert wines

the wines

Madeira Fortified Wine

Marsala Late Harvest Wine

Port Dried Grape Wine

Sauternais Ice Wine

Sherry Noble rot wine

Vin Santo

 

the stories behind the vines

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