Category Archives: Winemaking

Yuk! This Wine Tastes Awful

I see this statement or something similar all the time on wine sites I frequent.  Just because you think a wine tastes awful doesn’t necessarily mean the wine is bad.  In my experience the most prevalent causes for this reaction … Continue reading

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The Billionaire’s Vinegar–A Tale of the Other Wine World

My world of wine exists for my enjoyment and the enjoyment of hundreds of others who  sip, pair and socializing with a glass of wine in our hands.  I recently read a books entitled “The Billionaires Vinegar” which tells the … Continue reading

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The Weekly Wine for March 6, 2016

LABRIE Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2014: I loved this wine, partly because I really like Jonathan Maltus and his wonderful sense of what works with each batch he creates (or at least releases), and also because I really like dry white … Continue reading

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The Weekly Wine –DRG Russia River Valley 2013 Chardonnay

Daryl Rex Groom’s (DRG), Russian River Valley Chardonnay (2013). I have been ABC (anything but Chardonnay) since the 1970s when the California wine industry started the Big Oak and Butter Chardonnay fad.  I am just not a fan of a … Continue reading

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A Conversation with a Great Bottle of Wine

Preamble: I’ve been writing all my life and constructing this blog for several years now. To challenge myself and the status quo I am trying to change up some of my presentation styles. I’ve never seriously written in the third … Continue reading

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Malolactic Fermentation (MLF) — Contributed by Rod Easthope, Winemaker Extraordinaire

Hello wine fans, I have been out of the blogging business for a while as I have been gutting and remodeling a house for my daughter.  Now that I am semi-retired, I am supposed to have all this time on my hands but … Continue reading

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Craft Wines in a Production Wine Industry

As I wander the wine aisles of the supermarkets here in Missoula, I note a huge difference in variety and labels on the shelves.  I pulled a few off the shelves the other day and read some of the back … Continue reading

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When is a Wine Ready to Drink — Know When to Hold-em and Know When to Serve-em.

One of “Poor Robert’s” readers asked me how I know when a wine is ready to drink.  I thought about it and realized, I really do it intuitively.  I’ve been drinking wine so long, I just have a sense with … Continue reading

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What’s in a Blended Wine and When is a Varietal not a Varietal

As I was preparing to write this post I spent a lot of time on the internet and digging through a lot of technical stuff that might have made sense in the 1600s or 1700s but sure did not make … Continue reading

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What’s All the Junk in My Wine?

First off, other than looking bad, none of it will ruin the wine or make you sick. In fact in some winemaking processes (old world) tartrate crystals can be a sign of a quality wine.  That’s okay, but it still makes my … Continue reading

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