Vineyard Viewby Cliff Ohmart
Wine grape growing and winemaking are extremely competitive businesses, which creates an atmosphere for constant experimentation and change by practitioners and companies that cater to their needs. A relatively new type of wine grape planting stock, often referred to as “big vines,” is having a significant impact on how some growers are establishing new vineyards in California.
Viewpointby Bruce Zoecklein
Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Dr. Bruce Zoecklein’s Extension Distinction Award presentation, which took place June 29, during the 67th annual conference of the American Society for Enology & Viticulture in Monterey, Calif.
“The faster the scientific advances, the greater the risk of widening the gap between what we know and what we do."
Grounded Grapegrowingby Glenn McGourty
California’s climate has certainly changed perceptibly in the past decade, as drought and increased temperatures year-round have affected winegrowing in the state. Besides potential stress to grapevines, another serious consequence is the increased risk of forest and brush fires. Climate change is predicted to increase the frequency and intensity of forest and brush fires for the West Coast. This may eventually cause massive changes to our landscape in terms of types of trees and shrubs that grow. The potential for devastating fires is a grave concern to all living things in or near wilderness areas.
Businessby Andrew Starr
When you hear the phrase “business plan,” the first thing you think of is:
A. Those insufferable, preppy, entrepreneurial MBA types in $200 T-shirts that keep showing up at your tasting room (or that you wish would show up because, though insufferable, they do buy a lot of wine) with their talk of value propositions, exit strategies and Series A financing.
Inquiring Winemakerby Tim Patterson
WARNING: This column, normally about winemaking topics, is entirely devoted to grapegrowing. Worse, it makes fun of several long-cherished beliefs about grapes and their contribution to wine. But at least I do quote Glenn McGourty, another writer for this magazine and someone who actually does know a lot about grapes, to help with the demolition.