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This Matter of Climate

A general knowledge of grape growing is valuable to those who would like to understand wine. Considering the great number of grape varieties and the many types of wine, it is fortunate for the stu­dent of wines that it is not possible to grow every variety of grapes and produce every type of wine ef­ficiently… read more »

This Matter of Phylloxera

Of the many natural enemies of the vine, one is the most destruc­tive. It is a parasitical insect, the root-burrowing plant louse, phyl­loxera vasatrix. Many varieties of grape vines are fatally susceptible to its attack. Although phylloxera apparent­ly has always lived in the eastern United States, native American vines like Concord, Catawba, and Delaware have… read more »

Understanding Common Wine Terminology

“Paul, I joined the club to learn about wines and enjoy thoroughly the wines you have sent. The in­formation is great and educational and I like the way it leans toward the humanist side rather than the technical side. Some of the bottles you have sent to me, however, list interesting information of which I… read more »

The Matter of Wine Glasses

The maximum enjoyment of fine wines can only be accomplished by observing certain basic guidelines about how they are served. The service of wines includes the consideration of optimum tempera­ture, the age, the uncorking of the bottle, and the pouring of the wine into the glass. The question is…which glass? Other than the clos­est drinking vessel at hand,… read more »

The Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

Nestled into its own environ­ment off the main road through Sonoma (all two lanes of it), the Spa is a welcome destination for the person in need of self indul­gence. Encompassed by eight acres of eucalyptus shaded grounds, the Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa is situated right on top of sparkling mineral water springs (bottled… read more »

This Matter Of Aging Wine

For those of you who chose to practice the ageing of wine, here is a checklist of the important factors, and a review of the elements con­cerned. Look at the location where you are storing your wines. Measure it against the criteria described be­low. Temperature: The ideal temperature for age­ing wine is considered to be… read more »

This Matter of Cellaring (Part Two)

Seasoned wine enthusiasts who have taken up the ageing of wines, find that they have to keep close track of their cellar. They watch a wine by tasting it along its path to maturity. When it has reached its peak of development, they then set out to consume it in a reasonably short term of… read more »

This Matter of Cellaring (Part One)

What is cellaring ? It really is what you want to make rather than the vision it evokes. Fancifully, it generates the im­age of opening a cool underground area, where rows and rows of wine bottles are ageing, some with old labels and others with neck rings and special inventory codes. Let us leave that… read more »

What’s The Difference Between Aroma and Bouquet?

Last week, at a charity wine tast­ing, I overheard a conversation of two enthusiasts. Though rather interesting in scope it lead me to believe that the two characteristics “aroma” and “bou­quet” are often used interchangeably when further investigation shows a distinct difference between the two. The following is a reprint of the 9/89 newsletter with… read more »

Portugal Has More Than Port!

By the time you are reading this, Rosemarie and I will be sleeping off our jet lag from an extensive exploration of Portuguese wines and foods. This is our first “four week” in depth study session…. Now that Jr. is running the shop, we can afford to spend that kind of time! (He is getting… read more »

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