I am learning just how influential Morgaen Lee’s landscape is on the grapes that eventually become wine. Shadows cast by the valley’s bordering hills dictate direct sun exposure, while vines growing up the hillside are affected by temperature.

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So you want to make some wine? Good on you. There is no better way to learn about wine than to make it.
But let’s say that, like many of us, you lack the capital to invest in prime vineyard land, superior winemaking facilities, fancy consultants, brand designers and distributors. Welcome to the club. Fortunately there is a way to dip a toe into the wine world and make your own wine without spending a fortune. And great wine at that.

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Humanitas Wines, The Wine Foundry, Passport Approved Tour, Blue Note Napa, Heritage Eats and Hampton Inn & Suites are hosting this night of music, food and wine as a kick-off fundraiser for the Arts Council Napa Valley Education Alliance, to support the Arts Education Master Plan for local public schools.

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Dear Cabby- It’s been over a decade and the shadow cast by Sideways still has me averting eye contact when mentioning Merlot. Fear. Shame. Scandal. How long must I wear this scarlet letter? Hopelessly devoted, Petra in Pomerol   Petra, It’s time to cast away the chains. For years, those who sipped Merlot, did so […]

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Since you’ve found this piece, you already know we offer several paths to make wine. But, let’s say you’re winecurious and have been looking to get toes wet. A simple solution is to gather a handful of friends and family members. It’s that easy. You don’t need experience. You don’t need a degree. You’ll coordinate […]

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On the eve of the California primary, The Wine Foundry is throwing our hat… er, T-Shirt, into the fray. In the spirit of the long-shots, uprisings, and predictions-gone-wrong that have characterized this year’s Presidential race, we are inspired to commemorate the cacophony of messaging and, more importantly, to refocus our national attention on what really matters to us – the Grape!

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After much needed rain while the vines lay dormant, sunny skies and moderate temperatures have marked the initial stages of the growing season. This summery foundation has moved vines into the flowering 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, […]

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Dear Cabby-

I’m worried about my girlfriend. Open any drawer and you’ll find an assortment of corkscrews, foil cutters and charms. For the most part, I’ve accepted her obsession with wine paraphernalia. However, yesterday, while cleaning, I found a wine aerator. When asked about it, she admitted using on a regular basis. Should I be worried?

Sincerely,

Worried in Waukegan

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