Archive | November, 2012

Vineyard pests

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Phylloxera is a tiny insect that feeds on Vitis Vinifera grape roots, stunting the growth of vines and eventually killing vines. This pest really prefers clay soils and is not a problem on sandy soils such as the Cuyo Desert in Mendoza, Argentina.

Grape Phylloxera winter on the roots and in the summer when temps exceed sixty degrees fahrenheit they start feeding and growing.

A pesticide program will not eradicate Phylloxera populations because the pesticide cannot soak into thick, non porous clay soils…

In the year 1860, grape Phylloxera came really close to destroying the French wine industry.
It was discovered that American rootstocks were generally more resistant to grape Phylloxera, so these were grafted with French rootstocks to make a more resistant plant…

Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero

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Who likes Prosecco? I know I do…

With all the festivities coming up what a great time to celebrate with a top class prosecco!

Found this amazing prosecco which I really enjoyed and highly recommend…

Did you know that prosecco is a grape variety (AKA Glera) grown in the hills of the Veneto Region in Italy?

The Prosecco Riondo Spago Nero was the number one prosecco in Italy 2010, and a gold medal winner at Vinitaly 2011.

It’s lightly sparkling and has a slight minerality on the nose, and a hint of flowers and mixed fruits. The acidity is very well balanced, and the finish is clean and crisp.

It’s a steal at $10.00…

Pairs really well with prosciutto, Italian olives, buttered popcorn, stuffed mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano and charcuterie.

Old Vines

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How many of you have seen the word “Old Vine” on a bottle of wine?

The French word for Old Vine is Vieilles Vignes and Alte Reben in German…

Grape vines can grow for over 120 years, but in wine production the word “Old Vine” often stands for a wine whose vines are thirty to forty years old.

There exists a notion that if farmed and taken care of properly, Old Vines will produce a better wine. This is primarilly because the older the vine, the deeper the roots go into the soil and the more minerals and nutrients the vine absorbs… Interesting right?

So the next time, don’t hesitate to try an “Old Vine” wine!