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Wine Aroma Mini-Series Part 1: Esters

February 26, 2018

By Somchai Rice

This article series was inspired by one of our workshop participants. She asked why the fruity aromas in wines diminish over time. The answer was complicated. Here’s an expanded explanation of what we think is going on, based on current research.

The aroma compounds that we smell in wine are present in the headspace and are always at equilibrium with the compounds dissolved in the wine. The compounds present in wine aroma include esters, terpenes, norisoprenoids, phenols, aldehydes and ketones. So what happens to these compounds during aging?

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Non-traditional Winemaking Regions: Japan

April 27, 2018

By Erin Norton

Japan is much better known for its rice-wine, Sake, than for grape wine, but their industry is more developed than you might think.  Wine has been made in Japan since the late 19th century, but increased more drastically in the latter half of the 20th century due to Western influences on cuisine and other cultural impacts.

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Wine aroma during aging - Part 2: Terpenes

April 27, 2018

By Somchai Rice

This article series was inspired by one of our workshop participants. She asked why the fruity aromas in wines diminish over time. The answer was complicated. Here’s an expanded explanation of what we think is going on, based on current research.

The aroma compounds that we smell in wine are present in the headspace and are always at equilibrium with the compounds dissolved in the wine. The compounds present in wine aroma include esters, terpenes, norisoprenoids, phenols, aldehydes and ketones. So what happens to these compounds during aging?

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Research Rewind

April 27, 2018

By Maureen Moroney

Question: Does blending make a wine better?

It’s clear that the intricate art of blending by a skilled winemaker can elevate a wine. But at its absolute most basic, with no art involved, does the simple act of blending two wines together, in equal portions, create something better than leaving them separate?

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Spring Vineyard Tasks

April 27, 2018

After a seemingly never ending winter, spring is finally in the air. Hopefully, your vines are all pruned and ready to go for the season. This time of year, the vines are patiently waiting between two important stages: winter pruning and shoot thinning. But don’t let that keep you out of the vineyard! Here are a few things you can do to get ready for the upcoming season:

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