• A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2017
    [Oenology] Visiting with Caroline Bonville of Mas Karolina
    After graduating Oenology school in 1996, she worked as an assistant winemaker at Chateau Figeac (perhaps accounting for her elegant touch with her own wine) then she worked in vineyards and wineries around the world, including the USA and S. On my very first night in the beautiful Roussillon region, I had the thrill of the delightful Caroline Bonville, to be my host at the elegant four star hotel and restaurant Villa Duflot in Perpignan.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2016
    [Oenology] Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrive
    Anne had attended oenology school, and met Franck when she started working at the winery. They have three children – two girls and a boy – with the son expressing a desire to go to oenology school. What a fabulous kickoff for the new vintage of Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau last night!
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016
    [Oenology] Visiting Sylla Sebaste in Barolo
    Eduardo himself is majoring in literature, while his younger brother is taking up oenology. Sylla Sebaste “Hello – I’m Eduardo,” says a tall young man as we enter the Sylla Sebaste winery in Barolo. It is a cold, grey day, but the Sylla Sebaste winery is attached to a restaurant where we now stand, offering magnificent views of vine-covered hills as well as the aromas of delicious food.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2016
    [Oenology] Visiting the Malvira Winery in Roero DOCG
    Though Roberto is still technically in charge of the cellar, from appearances it seems as if Giacomo, having graduated oenology school, is doing a great deal of the work. Malvira Winery “And now,” says charismatic young winemaker Giacomo Damonte of the Malvira Winery, lining up several bottles of white wine. “We We will try the Arneis!”.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
    [Oenology] Lunch with Andrea Cecchi
    However, Luigi understood how the potential of Italian wine making would be able to soar to the apex of world oenology once able to recognize the quality of the wines produced. Tuscany is an increasingly popular place for people to visit, both for its natural beauty and its wine. Sangiovese is its signature red grape, yet the attention to quality is key to the wine’s elegance and abilty to age.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2016
    [Oenology] Visit to Zyme for Amazon in Valpolicella
    Yeast is, of course, an indispensible element in the world of oenology, but it also bears a symbolic meaning, since it conjures up the concept of naturalness, a fundamental value in Celestino Gaspari’s professional and existential journey, as well as the process of fermenting, understood as a continuous striving towards transformation. Zyme Amarone Tasting. This looks like movie set,” I can’t help thinking – and saying – as we walk into what appears to be a very well financed winery.
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015
    [Oenology] Meeting George Spiliadis of Cava Spiliadis
    Winemaker Evangelos Gerovassiliou studied agronomy in Thessaloniki and obtained his diploma in Oenology and tasting credentials from the University of Bordeaux. Tsaktsarlis obtained his degree in chemistry from Aristotle university and also received his degree in oenology from the University of Bordeaux. George Spiliadis. Close your eyes for one moment and imagine the beautiful coastlines of the Greek islands.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 7, 2014
    [Oenology] Professor Dubourdieu & Olivier Bernard Discuss the 2013 Vintage
    On April 1 st , 2013 Professor Denis Dubourdieu from the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences of Bordeaux University (Oenological Research Unit) gave a presentation to journalists who have gathered to taste the wine of En Primeur about the challenging 2013 vintage.
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014
    [Oenology] Exploring Conegliano Valdobbiadene: The Land of Prosecco Superior
    Conegliano Valdobbiadene is the most prestigious area for production of Prosecco, as it is the location for Italy''s first school of Oenology (founded in 1876) and the Research Institute for Viticulture( established 1923). "Prosecco?" the gentlemen asks, a bit startled by my question about it''s "image." "It''s sexy, cool, a fun sparkler to order in a bar," he responds. Yes, Prosecco today has a super sexy image, and why not?
  • A WINE STORY  |  SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013
    [Oenology] Visiting Domaine Lamarche
    Since 1997 she has taken responsibility for the family’s prestigious line-up of Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot, and the best of the Vosne 1er Crus (Malconsorts, Suchots Croix Rameau) from her (late) winemaker father whom she joined after oenology school in 2003. “Take your time with this,” says Nicole Lamarche, speaking of the Grand Crus we are here to taste.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2013
    [Oenology] Wine Riot Comes to NYC
    20-minute crash courses will also be offered throughout the riot, including a seminar with Brooklyn Winery detailing the trials, tribulations, and possibilities for urban oenology and a course by Immersion Journeys on top travel destinations for wine. I am so excited! I first met Tyler Balliot, the co-founder of Wine Riot, on a press trip to Spain.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
    [Oenology] En Primeur 2013: Professor Denis Dubourdieu speaks on the 2012 Vintage
    A celebrity in Bordeaux and throughout the wine world, Professor Denis Dubourdieu has been Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux since 1987. He owns five wineires (Château Doisy-Daëne, Clos Floridene, Château Reynon, Château Cantegril and Château Haura) and is a widely respected consultant to some of the best Chateau in Bordeaux, including Cheval Blanc. Each year at En Primeur, he gives a welcome talk to journalists and members of the trade about the previous vintage.
  • A WINE STORY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013
    [Oenology] Meeting Nesti Bajda of Don Miguel Gascon winery in Mendoza, Argentina
    He earned his degree in Agricultural Engineering, with specializations in viticulture and oenology from Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. Now here's #awinestory for you! Last night I was lucky enough to have a fabulous dinner -- and more importantly some FABULOUS WINE -- with Nesti Bajda of Don Miguel Gascon, one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza, Argentina.
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012
    [Oenology] Michael Kalish creates Belle Epoque Installation for Perrier Jouet
    Deschamps studied and earned degrees in agriculture and oenology at the university in Dijon, then joined Perrier-Jouet in 1983 as oenologist in charge of the fermentation process and cellar aging of wines before rising to his current position.
  • A WINE STORY  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
    [Oenology] Eric Boissenot Kicks off Exhibition of Argentic Photographs of Brane-Cantenac during En Primeur
    The first is his profession – oenology – for which we might say, like René Goscinny, that “he fell into it when he was a young boy.” This passion drove him naturally into the faculty of oenology in Bordeaux, where, while he was studying, started his job of oenologist/consultant with his dad. He obtained his Doctorate of oenology in 1997 after 5 years studies on the soil of the Medoc area. "Wine and art. it's everywhere!".
  • A WINE STORY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2011
    [Oenology] Visiting Thelema Mountain Vineyards in South Africa
    By that time Gyles had received an oenology degree at Stellenbosch University, and worked stints in South Africa and abroad, The first year they made wine at a neighboring property, with Thomas’s mother and grandmother visiting various restaurants to sell the wine. Ginny, a friendly dog with a rhythmically wagging tale, greets us as we enter the sleek glass doors of the Thelema winery situated on the top of the Helshoogte Pass about six kilometers outside of Stellenbosch.
  • A WINE STORY  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
    [Oenology] Visiting winemaker Nicole Lamarche of Domaine Lamarche
    Since 1997 she has taken responsibility for the family’s prestigious line-up of Grands Echezeaux, Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot, and the best of the Vosne 1er Crus (Malconsorts, Suchots Croix Rameau) from her winemaker father whom she joined after oenology school in 2003. Nicole Lamarche and her mother. Welcome!” says Nicole Lamarche, a petite, dark haired young woman with a quick, confident manner that silently supports the fact she is a brilliant winemaker.
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011
    [Oenology] Cuvée MJ: pot wine is the “open secret” of wine country?!?
    The result is a spectrum ranging from a gentle, almost absinthe-like effect to something verging on oenological anesthetic. Gourmet, even though it’s not even in print any more, obviously has been on different winery tours than I have!
  • A WINE STORY  |  MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
    [Oenology] Visiting Chateau Nairac: The 2010 Vintage
    We will have to check back with her after her oenological studies to see the new brand she creates. Adele. What a fabulous wine to enjoy as an aperitif!” I exclaim, sipping 2006 Esquisse, a new brand from the 2nd growth Chateau Nairac. It’s not a second wine, exactly, which is the traditional name for a cuvee that does not meat the standards of the singular “great wine” from a classed growth Chateau.
  • A WINE STORY  |  SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011
    [Oenology] En Primeur spotlight on Chateau Brane-Cantenac
    Either way, the highly credentialed Henri Lurton has oenology degrees from many institutions, including the University of Bordeaux, and as a young man had worked in S. Curious to consider that in the two thousand year history of the wine world, Classified Growth Bordeaux still retains its magic, value, and allure. In light of En Primeur, I'll be spotlighting some favorite chateaux and their history.
  • VIGNA UVA VINO  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011
    [Oenology] Suhru Red 2007 Long Island
    Recently at a tasting at Brooklyn Oenology I met winemaker Russell Hearn and his wife Susan from Suhru Wines where they were showing their 2007 Suhru Red. This medley of five grapes is a cross blend of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties that includes 82% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Shiraz and aged for six months in oak.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2010
    [Oenology] Flash Pasteurization is NOT harmful (when done right)
    Tags: Oenology & Viticulture Wine STUFF wine - kosher flash pasteurize flash pasteurized wine mevushal
  • A WINE STORY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2010
    [Oenology] Visiting Morlanda Winery in Priorat with Judit Llop
    Judit was born the daughter of vineyard owners, and despite her youth has an impressive resume of oenology degrees and positions with winemakers such as Miguel Torres. “We green harvest in the vineyard by fifty percent,&# says vivacious young Judit Llop, standing in a perfect-looking vineyard in the middle of harvest on a gorgeous sunny Fall day. “That’s why it grows so healthy and ripe.&# ??
  • A WINE STORY  |  SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010
    [Oenology] Chatting with Valérie Rousselle-Riboud of Chateau Roubine in Provence, France
    Though she studied winemaking and oenology at the French Wine University in Suze La Rousse, she is assisted by Olivier Nasles (oenologist consultant), Jean Louis Francone in the vineyard, and Pierre Gerin in the cellar. “You must have some fresh Truffles on toast!” says attractive blond Valérie Rousselle-Riboud, looking very glamorous and jet-set in a chic white dress.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010
    [Oenology] A healthy vine is a …frozen vine???
    Tags: Oenology & Viticulture frozen vines
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2009
    [Oenology] “Contains Sulfites”
    Tags: Oenology & Viticulture Wine STUFF wine health sulfites sulfites in wine SurePure
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2009
    [Oenology] organic, biodynamic & sustainable wines
    Tags: Oenology & Viticulture biodynamic wine organic wine sustainable wine
  • DR. VINO  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009
    [Oenology] Natural wines, premox, chenin blanc, 07 Port and Rhone – John Gilman
    It only took two vintages (one being the extremely difficult 1984s) for the Soci and the winemaker to part ways, and they hired a very young new winemaker right out of oenology school who was willing to make wines in the traditional manner that the Produttori has always championed. John Gilman, author of the newsletter The View from the Cellar , joins us again for a Q&A. I asked him six questions; he replied with over 10,000 words!
  • WHY WINE BLOG  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2009
    [Oenology] Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Two Great Organic Rioja's
    Young Roberto Ijalba Pérez’s passion for oenological innovation and cutting-edge trends are beginning to make their mark on the bodega’s wines. With ample experience in making and aging great wines dating back to 1964, Santiago Ijalba García left his position as general and technical manager in a historic Haro bodega to launch his own personal project. In 1998 under his newly-incorporated company Santiago Ijalba S.A. , he created the VIÑA HERMOSA brand.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009
    [Oenology] Sheep in the vineyard
    Tags: Oenology & Viticulture Wine STUFF baby doll sheep vineyard management
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2009
    [Oenology] Wine’s “COLD SOAK”
    Tags: Oenology & Viticulture Cold Soak
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009
    [Oenology] “Map-It ™ Because Place Matters”
    Tags: Israel Wine Oenology & Viticulture Wine Industry Wine STUFF Israeli Wine kosher wine section map-it sense of place terroir wine.com.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009
    [Oenology] Weekend wine work & “WHERE” wine starts
    Tags: Oenology & Viticulture CLK Winery wine making
  • SLAKED  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009
    [Oenology] Buttermilk Channel NYC
    A Brooklyn Oenology Merlot 2005 * I found utterly convincing (dark and dry, sparse fruits, but not to everyone's taste) and a 2007 Holdredge Wines Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ** which displayed good acidity in a worn velvet like texture on the tongue, but very light with mild dry spices and mushroom notes as the wine emerged.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
    [Oenology] Racking - CLK winery
    CLK winery is the name my friends gave to the house/garage “winery&# we have. It is really more of a place for three wine loving hobbyists to make a home made wine. And yesterday was “racking&# day # 1. Racking is a process whereby the wine is siphoned away from its lees (lees are the dead
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2008
    [Oenology] Lab wine
    This jet lag thing really has been a kick in the butt. And it has prevented me from my usual 3AM blog posting. My sincerest apologies o loyal readers. You have my word, I will do my best to resume my sleep deprived ways and be better about posting on a regular basis. That said, I
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2008
    [Oenology] Wine starts in the Vineyard - Golan Heights Winery
    Made a trip back up to the Golan Heights today. Once again, feeling like a VIP (I think I can get used to this) I was taken on a private tour of some vineyards and given a tasting of selected wines. I even got to take a trip up a row of vines on a mechanical harvester. looks a little freaky huh. The work being done in the vineyard is mind boggling and that work is truly reflected in the quality of the offerings.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2008
    [Oenology] NYC has a what??? a WINERY????$%^&
    Although I was late, I did make it to the event at the City Winery this evening. It was a well attended event and it was great to see some friends and familiar faces there. Forgetting for a second about tonight's amazing speaker, what i really want to discuss is, what's the deal with the CITY WINERY anyway??? Does an über URBAN locale such as NYC really need a winery?
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
    [Oenology] Making wine in.NEW JERSEY
    I woke up bright and early this Sunday morning to press the wine with my two "winery" (yes, I use the term liberally) partners. Alas, our host, "Mr. C" became the proud daddy of a new baby girl even earlier in the morning. Mazal Tov GC! So it was down to "Mr. K" & yours truly "Mr. L" (aka "WTG"). We had somewhere in the range of 320 liters of must (fermented grape sludge) that when pressed, fit snugly into our super sleek 200 liter stainless steel tank.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2008
    [Oenology] Home made wine from Englewood, NEW JERSEY???#$%^
    I recently wrote about working on my second batch of home made wine. The Sangiovese & Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from California have been crushed, de-stemmed and had the yeast added. The "must" is now fermenting away and based on the quality of the fruit, we are hopeful for our second vintage. But today I want to write about year 1. We decided upon things pretty late, which meant we were left to settle for whatever fruit was left.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2008
    [Oenology] Sulfites & wine
    I recently came across an article discussing Sulfites. Sulfites (AKA Sulfur dioxide or SO2) are a common topic as they relate to wine. I have met many people who believe they are allergic to sulfites or get headaches from them. I have also heard claims that white wine or organic wine does not contain sulfites. Both not true - although organic can contain lower levels of sulfites than other wines.
  • DR. VINO  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2008
    [Oenology] Dr Vino's wine blog » City Winery to open in Manhattan this fall
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008
    [Oenology] They don't make 'em like they used to
    I just read a recent post by Eric Asimov of the New York Times on his blog The Pour. The post, titled "Does Your Wine Need Viagra" deals primarily with the issue of alternative sources used by wine producers for imparting the OAK flavors to wines (chips, powders & staves instead of barrels). But the article itself, as well as the myriad of comments that follows seems to be praising the old world producers, how they let the wine make itself, without the use of modern technology.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2008
    [Oenology] Wine Country: Day 1 - NAPA VALLEY
    A very important project has come up and it appears I will have to get to this post over the weekend, but I thought I would show you a quick picture of the Napa vines and their "bud out" - or beginning of formation of the grape bunches. Details of the first day of the trip to follow.WTG.
  • ALICE FEIRING  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008
    [Oenology] Alice Feiring - In Vino Veritas
    Have I really lucked out and made discourses on yeast and tannin sexy? ++ In this entertaining oenological salvo, wine blogger and journalist Feiring makes an argument for wine authenticity through adherence to old techniques. Parker looms like Mr. Big over all Feirings oenological relationships; they finally have a couple of phone dates that distill the differences between them down to quantifying (Parker) versus qualifying (Feiring).
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008
    [Oenology] Wine expert - what are the qualifications??
    And for me, short of attending one of the world renowned schools of oenology & viticulture, I received a degree from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, a certification in Wine Sensory Analysis from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, but MOST IMPORTANTLY (in my very humble opinion) - I rolled up my sleeves and worked 10, 12 & 14 hour days in vineyards and wineries both in Napa Valley & Israel. I attended a wine event this evening.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2008
    [Oenology] Wine Deal - yet ANOTHER Aussie Shiraz, with full disclosure!
    The following wine caught my attention for a few reasons. And none of them were taste (I haven't had the opportunity to try it), or the insane price for which it is being sold. The 2006 Winner's Tank Shiraz Langhorne Creek is being sold here for $11.97. There were two other online outlets selling it for $11.99, while others were selling it for $13, $14 & as much as $17 a bottle. But the reason I felt compelled to write about this deal is that it is an UNDER $15 bottle of wine.
  • WINE TASTING GUY  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2008
    [Oenology] Wine making: technical aspects - Do You Care?
    There are several thing that led to my career shift into the wine industry. But the bottom line is I really love EVERYTHING about it. The vineyards, the harvests, the hard work, the winemaking, the aging, all the technical aspects, etc. BUT, that is me. I have been told by friends that if/when they hear someone ask me a wine related question they run for the hills. Because wine (and wine making) is SO INVOLVED I tend to stumble into long winded responses that can put people to sleep.