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 →

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 →

Afternoon in the Vineyards

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Visit your neighborhood vineyard. Going on its 14th year, Afternoon in the Vineyards is a free annual community open house that gives Napa County residents an opportunity to tour local vineyards and learn about the innovative grape growing and winemaking techniques that make the Napa Valley unique. The event is hosted in partnership with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers. Each year, Continue Reading →