Chapter 10

Chapter 10

In ancient times, the vintner would take the pruning and stack it at the perimeter to form a protective hedge around the vineyard. The rain abated, and Don decided on a change of venue, taking advantage of the unexpected sunshine to head into the vineyard and check...
Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Malolactic fermentation is a second fermentation to soften the wine and reduce acidity. It produces by products that may or may not be desirable. When I headed back to the barn I found Don and Jack in a heated debate over malolactic fermentation. They debated whether...
Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Cultivating a noble wine is like conducting a symphony By “lunch” Jack means “wine.” I walk into the barrel room to see a tasting table set up with six bottles of wine and six glasses … times three. I had just read it this morning in a news feed from a Charleston...
Chapter 7

Chapter 7

As grapes begin heading for maturity, three components undergo rapid change – sugar, acidity, and flavor. The sound was so faint as my mind struggled against the will to get up, I thought there was a woodpecker outside my door. It was rhythmic, but not synchronous....
Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Soil is an important factor. This visit is both exhilarating and exhausting. After a full afternoon walking the vineyards and talking about refractometers, soil, pruning and hedging, I was overloaded. But after an afternoon of fermentation and racking, I was famished...