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    June 2, 2014

    A Peak Into the World of Cork Production

    I recently returned from a trip to Portugal to visit the cork forests and processing facilities that produce the corks that finish our wines. It was a great experience and a chance to learn about a critical step in the winemaking process that often gets taken for granted.

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    April 16, 2014

    Ampelography

    Who Has What? This is not just the title of my preschool-aged kids current favorite book (let’s not go there), but also an interesting field of viticulture called ampelography, basically, a way to identify a grapevine variety at all stages of growth and development. The U.C. Davis professor who trained me (and thousands of others) in this field is Dr. Andy Walker, a passionate scientist with a lot of great stories about the pioneers of Californian grape and wine research.

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