Sulfites In Wine
Sulfites are a natural, organic preservative that humans have been using in wine and other foods for several thousand years. The only difference between France and the U.S. is that the U.S. requires a warning label, and warning labels create the unfortunate impression that where there's a warning, there must be something dangerous afoot.
Conversations of a Wine Maker
Winemaker Neil Collins speaks to winemaker friends in the Paso Robles Appellation. This series of videos have plenty of insights, levity and wine tasting.
Ask the Winemaker, Take a punt
The indentation in the base of wine bottles is generally termed a punt. Its origins have been interpreted many ways so here is what I know. There are suggestions that the early glass blowers had difficulty in producing a flat base for the bottle, in many instances leaving a sharp spot where the bottle was held and subsequently marking tables and benches. They found it was more stable and less likely to scratch if an indentation was left.
Ask the Advisor, Roses in the Vineyards
Ask the Advisor, Why are there roses in the vineyard? "A Rose is a rose is a rose," as on Gertrude Stein postulated as part of her 1913 poemSacred Emily, interpreted as meaning "things are what they are,". But in a vineyard a rose bush is more than just a pretty piece of visual poetry. It has a job to do.
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