After a cool winter and moderate spring, sunny skies and warmer temperatures have staked claim across the Valley. This summery foundation has moved vines into the bloom phase. Unlike many flowering plants, which rely on outside sources, like insects, for pollination, grapevines are hermaphroditic and self-pollinating. The calyptra, a protective cap, sits atop the flowers. When ready, the calyptra is shed, exposing the pistols to pollen so fertilization can occur.

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– by Kerana Todorov Wineries that want to produce sparkling wine have more options these days. On Thursday, Brut Bottling in Napa unveiled its new mobile disgorging line at an open house at a custom-crush facility in Napa. Brut Bottling is among the new companies that provide a full-line of méthode traditionelle sparkling wine bottle services to […]

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It’s Bud break! We celebrate the annual ritual of vines waking from their winter slumber with the release of our 2019 Vineyard Guide. A friend recently asked why we drop off the radar every year between February and April. While quiet at a traditional winery, it’s anything but at The Wine Foundry. It begins with hours of tasting through the previous vintage to assess the fruit profiles and structure of each site. Then it’s muddied treks to each vineyard throughout California. The conversations, stories and tastings with the growers lay the foundation for the latest iteration of the guide.

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Declaring independence from conformity, Anarchist Wine Co. recently released its fresh and innovative lineup of wines challenging the status quo. Anarchist Wine Co. began as a project at The Wine Foundry in Napa, which specializes in ultra-premium custom-made wines. Alongside The Wine Foundry’s small lot luxury wine production, the winemaking team began experimenting with co-fermentations and unusual blends, creating sensational results. What started as an exploratory project emerged as Anarchist Wine Co., formed with a mission to push the limits of conventional winemaking while dragging Napa’s lofty pricing habits back to earth.

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Cutting Matters Grapes may steal the show in the fall, but underneath the bark lays the vine’s secret to creating magic. Preparing grapevines for a winter’s slumber is a journey. According to Patrick Saboe, you can almost hear the vines “sigh relief” once their grapes have been picked. “The vines have been so focused on […]

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The revelation of ‘Acid Trials’ isn’t new to the wine world or to the Merriest of Pranksters, Ken Kesey. The question -is it a sour relationship or a mouth watering seduction? Either opinion is just that, personal taste – our only conviction, we’ll never dose you with dull vibes. Join me on this leggy journey to uproot the truth, myths and mysteries of acidity

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Planning a big party, whether it’s a milestone birthday or family reunion, is understandably stressful. It’s one thing getting everyone to show up, and the other issue is how to accommodate the entire crew. Fortunately, the new Vista Collina can handle all of those concerns. The property is a mini community, offering visitors an abundance of amenities like Fivetown Grocery

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As a brand owner, you don’t want to infringe another producer’s intellectual property, especially in connection with the launch of a new brand. “I’ve seen entire businesses fold within months of a product launch, after they spent a ton of money on marketing, but not enough on vetting and securing their own branding,” notes Dawson. “All it took was one trademark infringement lawsuit, and they lost their entire business.”

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