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.
New Member of Vintners Hall of Fame
Archie McLaren has been a trailblazer in California’s fine cuisine and wine movement since establishing residence here in 1974, so this is not the first prestigious induction for Mr. McLaren. He is one of only two Americans inducted into the Austrian Wine Brotherhood and one of the few Americans inducted into France’s Commanderie des Bontemps – Medoc et Graves & Sauternes et Barsac of Bordeaux.
All About Rhone Wines
The Rhône River flows through eastern France and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. Generally, this wine growing area is blessed by a warm, sunny Mediterranean climate very similar to that in California. It receives very little summer rain and the grapes are able to become very ripe. Unlike in most of the wine producing regions of France (Burgundy and Bordeaux) where it rains all summer and rarely gets above 85 degrees.
Santa Barbara Celebration of Harvest
The annual Celebration of Harvest is held in October each year, when Santa Barbara vintners are in the thick of the winegrape harvest and the winery staff takes a needed break to showcase their latest wines, many newly bottled!
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.