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Wine Wednesday
Pyrazines

Why do wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carménère and Malbec taste like a bell pepper?  Well, it comes from an specific aroma compound called methoxypyrazine (often called “pyrazines”) and is usually found in higher proportions in the “Bordeaux-family” grapes.  Read more here from Wine Folly....

Where Have All The Raisins Gone

California's Central Valley is changing.  Once known as the raisin capital of the world, it's getting more and more difficult to compete with the price of raisins from Turkey and Iran.  Raisin prices per ton have fallen to levels below what they were in 1997.  34,000 acres have been removed between the 2015 and 2016 harvest.  Another 15,000 acres removed after the 2016 harvest and 10,000 acres are expected to be removed after harvest this year.  Farmers are choosing to plant pistachios and almond trees instead. Below is a fascinating video from the Wall Street Journal article on February 22nd.   

 

Phylloxera is Back

That little insect in the aphid family that feeds on vine roots and damages the plant by disrupting water and nutrient flow is back.  This time it's Colorado in the Grand Valla AVA. This region has about 1,000 acres planted to vines with 129 wineries producing 166,000 cases of wine annually. 

Read more here...

You want it by the glass?

Would it surprise you to learn that the #1 reason a diner would order wine is if the wine is available by the glass?  Interesting.  More interesting is that the two least important factors out of nine in making the same decision were high scores from a critic and special restaurant promotions.

Read more here.....

Dundee Hills AVA in Oregon

The Willamette Valley, Oregon has several AVA's that are wonderful.  Dundee Hills is historic and significant among the AVA's.  This video provides some good examples on why it's important so join a tour with us and let me teach you why as we smell, touch and taste the valley!  

Oregon's Odd Years are Really Something Special

This article posted at Wine Enthusiast by Paul Gregutt really struck home.  I named this business Triangle Wine Country based on the classical elements of the earth and how these elements, over millions of years, have become the foundation for each vintage we know today.  This is very true in Portland's backyard, the Willamette Valley, where Pinot Noir and other varietals can really express terroir.  As Paul says, "Oregon wines are not set in stylistic stone; they are vintage-specific in the best sense. The vineyard and the producer are your most reliable guides to quality, not some generalized assessment of an entire vintage". 

In summation, every year has good and bad wines.  He's right.    

Mushroom Packaging

Are you familiar with Mushroom Packaging?  IKEA has jumped on board recently and I hope the wine industry embraces this alternative to conventional packaging materials.

How does it work?  Mycelium is the part of a fungus that effectively acts as its roots.  It grows in a mass of branched fibers, attaching itself to the soil or whatever surface it is growing on.  Mushroom Packaging, is created by letting the mycelium grow around clean agricultural waste, such as corn stalks or husks. Over a few days, the fungus fibers bind the waste together, forming a solid shape. It is then dried to prevent it from growing any further.  Pretty cool!

Find out more here.....

Sour Grapes

Well, this was very interesting!  How much does a bottle of wine really cost? He "ruined the quiet little club that the old guys had" and changed the wine auction houses forever.  Fascinating.

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