Viticulture (a fancy way to say wine production) Trivia

photo courtesy of Venopediatv. There is a time before the vine starts growing its leave buds that it cries. It happens just as the vines end their long winter hibernation, from late March to early April. They could cry up to 1.3 gallons in a short time, (5 liters)! The vines are waking up and…

From Dirt to Greatness: Douro Valley, an important Port Wine Region.

Situated in Portugal’s northern provinces, the Douro Valley is home to one of the most popular grapes in Portugal, Touriga Nacional. This grape, together with 50 (yes, 50!)or more other varieties, is used to make one of the most famous fortified wines in the World, PORT WINE. The vineyards or Quintas, are located in Hillside Terraces along the Douro river…

…And I made it to Bordeaux!

Since last summer, when I finished my studies at CAFA Sommelier School of Bordeaux, I became curious about going to visit Bordeaux. It sounds like a natural goal to have after becoming a sommelier, right? So I asked our teacher, Rosanna, for advice on places to go and then set my expectations to low so as not…

From Dirt to Greatness

Wine flavor is mostly influenced by climate and the terrain where the vine is grown. A vine is a grape plant. The vine that produces grapes for wine is called Vitis vinifera. It is a strong plant with long roots that go very deep into the ground. They could go as deep as 9 feet…