• Wine Environments

    Date: 19-07-2017

    a. Grapevines Need Temperate Climates Vines need long, warm periods during crucial flowering, fruit set and ripening periods After harvest, vines need to go dormant over the winter, so they can regenerate and marshal their nutrients for the next se

  • Vine Diseases and Pests

    Date: 19-07-2017

    We have already covered phylloxera. Phylloxera might be the worst scourge ever to hit wine grapes, but it is by no means the only one. Vines are subject to attack from pests that range from deer to birds. We cover here the major fungal vine disease, several bacterial dise

  • Viticulture

    Date: 19-07-2017

    The term “viticulture” refers to the art and science of growing grapes. Viticulture is a branch of horticulture. We use the term more specifically to refer to the agricultural production of wine grapes. Left to its own devices, a grapevine will snake it

  • World Wine Regions Europe Slovakia

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Slovakia produces its wine along most of its southern border with Austria and Hungary.  The Malokarpatská, “Lesser Carpathian” wine region, is in the west. Veltlínske Zelenéis is the most grown

  • World Wine Regions Europe Serbia and Kosovo

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Wine in Serbia goes back to Roman time, but the twentieth century saw the near total destruction of Serbia’s grapevines. First came the devastation of phylloxera, then two world wars, the post-war era of communist collectivization of agriculture in Yugoslavia, and f

  • World Wine Regions Europe Moldova

    Date: 17-07-2017

    Moldova won its independence with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its people are ethnically similar to the nearby Romanians. Wine has been a significant part of Moldovan culture for many centuries. The Moldovan economy relies heavily on wine exports to a number of c

  • The Wine Regions of France The Loire Valley

    Date: 18-07-2017

    The Loire is the longest river in France. It originates in the Massif Central in the Cévennes range, flows south to north and makes an abrupt turn to the west at Orléans, flowing then toward the Atlantic Ocean. The northern region, considered one of the most

  • The Wine Regions of France Provence

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Provence subsisted for years on often ordinary rosé, purchased as a thirst quencher by many a tourist in this paradise under the sun. Rosé still accounts for 50% of production, but quality red and whites are now holding their own. The region

  • The Wine Regions of France Savoie

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Savoie is an alpine area, attracting phalanxes of tourists in both summer and winter. Most of its crisp white wine is produced as Savoie AOC.   The high yielding Jacquere is the most prevalent of the white grapes. Altesse, called Roussette in Savoie, ma

  • California Central Valley

    Date: 18-07-2017

    Shown in yellow on our California wine map, the flat Central Valley stretches more than 450 miles southeast to northwest through the center of the state. The flat, largely irrigated valley is about 40 to 60 miles wide. It features some of the most productive agricultural