For many of us, harvest is at the edge of beginning. As I am a firm believer in preparing for a successful harvest, I want to review a few tools available through dgwinemaking.com as à la carte purchases. Details for purchasing these lessons is at the bottom of this post. Creative Wine Styles for Hybrid […]
Do Your Hybrid Wines Need an Upgrade?
If you’re producing wine outside of the three big western states (California, Oregon, and Washington), then it’s likely you’re making some wines based on hybrid wine grape varieties. Hybrid-based wines are quite unique compared to Vitis vinifera-based wines. They offer a varied aroma and taste profile, different wine chemistry, and some varieties may be less […]
Nebraska’s Wine Industry: Creativity, Back to Basics, and Hospitality
Last month, I had the pleasure of visiting with members of the Nebraska wine industry. Their 2018 Vindemia Nebraska conference met at the beautiful Lied Lodge on the historical Arbor Day Farm property in Nebraska City. While our surroundings were supplemented with lovely fall foliage, history, and a warming, monumental fire place, the focus of […]
Creating Hybrid Wines True to Style
Over the years, I’ve noticed that it’s easy for wineries to fall subject to – what I like to call – the “ice cream syndrome.” In this case, one varietal wine is made for each wine grape variety brought into the cellar. Soon, a wine list in a tasting room can feel a bit like […]