Oregon 2013: Balanced flavors and richness

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It was the second week of September when Ken Kupperman called the first pick at the vineyards he oversees for Atlas Vineyard Management in Oregon. The weeks since have been a flurry of activity, as vineyard sites reached maturity at the same time and the state finished one of the quickest harvests in its history. “It’s a blur,” Ken says. Continue Reading →

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

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The Napa Valley American Viticultural Area is arguably the most famous growing region for wines in the United States. But with 15 recognized sub-appellations, it also is home to a wide variety of styles of its signature variety: Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve already discussed how winemakers can use harvest timing as a tool to guide winemaking style. Another essential component is choosing Continue Reading →

When to Pick for Varietal and Wine Style

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We’ve already harvested much of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir growing at vineyards we manage in California’s North Coast. But how do we know when to harvest? As the in-house winemaker for Atlas Vineyard Management and our Northern California regional manager, Anthony Weytjens works directly with clients talking about the optimal time to pick. For larger sites and wineries with Continue Reading →

Establishing a Dry-Farmed Vineyard

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For many wine consumers—and even some of us in the industry—the term “dry farming” conjures up images of gnarled old Zinfandel vines in California’s Central Valley and Sierra Foothills. But dry farmed vineyards exist all over the state, http://caff.org/programs/dryfarm/vineyards/ and during the past year Atlas Vineyard Management has helped property owners convert one traditionally irrigated vineyard to dry farming and Continue Reading →