Topic: Varietals-and-Wine-Styles

La Crescent: Cold-Climate Hybrid

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Looking for a cold-hardy white to grow in a colder northern clime? Meet the University of Minnesota’s La Crescent.

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Making La Crescent Wine: Tips from the Pros

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Thanks to the University of Minnesota, wine grapes can thrive in some of the coldest climates in North America (and beyond). In this issue, two winemakers discuss making wine with the Minnesota-bred,

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Making Wines with Finesse

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The mantra for the quest for making a big blockbuster type of wine is “more is better” — more sugar in the grapes, more alcohol in the wine, more extraction, more color

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Pinot Noir Winemaking Techniques from Burgundy

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We have all heard the expression that great wine is made in the vineyard. And while we home winemakers generally accept this as truth, nowhere has this been more obvious to me

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Syrah: Versatile, bold and colorful

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Australia recognizes Syrah as Shiraz. It is presumed that the name stuck as the cuttings that were brought to the country in the 1830s by James Busby were identified with the names Ciras and Scryas, making it difficult to research the origins of the name, given the Iranian connection . . .

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10 Italian Red Wines to Make at Home

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NEBBIOLO Nebbiolo derives its name from nebbia, in reference to the foggy conditions under which it is typically harvested, and possibly from nobile, as it is considered the most noble of Italian

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Chenin Blanc: The taste of terroir

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Viticulturists in the Loire Valley tend to describe its flavor as an expression of the terroir of the land.

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Rosé Wine Kits

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In a recent study commissioned in the UK, researchers studied the sociological data of people who expressed a preference for either red or white wine. In addition to mundane facts (red wine

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Making Port Style Wine from Mustang Grapes

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By far, the most prolific wild grape in Texas is the widely distributed Vitis mustangensis, or Mustang grape. It was historically the major wine grape of early settlers and remains a dominant

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Making Riesling Roundtable

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Ask any wine expert and they will tell you — Riesling deserves its day in the sun. Long touted as one of the most food-friendly wines available, it’s versatility in the winery

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Cabernet Sauvignon: The king of red wine grapes

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Cabernet Sauvignon is known for making some of the world’s most robust red wines.

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Growing Riesling Grapes: Tips from the Pros

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If you live in a place with cooler weather and want to grow a versatile vinifera varietal, Riesling might be your best bet. Think Germany and Austria when you think of a

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Chardonnay Winemaking Tips from Burgundy

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Being a lover of Pinot Noir, I am intrigued and mystified by Burgundy. During my visit to Burgundy as part of a film crew working on a television series about wine, I

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Gewürztraminer

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Alsace vineyards are tucked into the predominantly east facing slopes of the Vosges Mountains . . .

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15 Grapevines to Try in Your Vineyard

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Celebrating 15 years, here’s 15 grapes you should consider growing!

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15 Wine Kits to Try

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Most home winemakers have limits on their winemaking space, equipment, cellar capacity or the ability of their liver to keep up. If you are one of those who has to pick and

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15 Wine Styles You Need to Make

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One of the things that makes wine irresistible is the endless variety: every grape, every region, every vintage, every bottle tastes a little different from the last. And so while there is

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Cabernet Franc: The “other” Cabernet king

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Cabernet Franc is thought to have originated in Southwest France, specifically in Libournais.

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Making Cabernet Franc: Tips from the Pros

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Cabernet Franc can be a very versatile grape to grow in your backyard vineyard — and more forgiving in some ways than Cabernet Sauvignon. But what does it take to make good

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Pinot Gris/Grigio The name says it all, or does it?

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Unknown to the science at the time, these genetic mutations were first noticed hundreds of years ago in Burgundy, France, where the mutants grew side by side, and sometimes within the same plant as Pinot Noir.

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Chambourcin: A vigorous, dark hybrid

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. . . (Chambourcin) does get a little more respect than other hybrids because of its ability to improve color in other wines without taking away from the other grapes’ varietal character . . .

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Making Chambourcin Wine: Tips from the Pros

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Developed commercially 50 years ago, Chambourcin is a versatile grape that is most prevalently grown in the Mid-Atlantic. Producing deep red colors and strong aromas, Chambourcin grapes are used either to stand-alone

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Sparkling Techniques

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There is nothing as refreshing and enjoyable as a chilled bottle of mousseux (foamy), or fine bubbly. No longer are sparkling wines simply uncorked to celebrate a new year or a kid’s

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Torrontés: An alternative to the common whites

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I was particularly drawn to Torrontés because of the Muscat-like flavors, but another reason was because of the challenge it presents from a winemaking perspective . . .


Making Sparkling Wine: Tips from the Pros

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These three pros offer up tips to make your own sparkling wine at home. Steve DiFrancesco is the Winemaker for Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee, New York. Steve has a degree in

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