MAJOR NAPA REPLANT
THERE’S SOME MAJOR GARDENING taking place in Napa. A massive replanting that will uproot 15% of vineyards in Napa Valley over the next five to six years has begun. Jennifer Putnam, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers’ executive director, said nurseries were completely sold out of vines until 2O15, and that “we know these are not for new acres.” She added that it has been 2O years since a widely used rootstock from UC Davis proved not [...] Read More »
SONOMA: THE LAND OF TOO MANY LABELS?
IT’S ABOUT TO GET REALLY COMPLICATED to read a Sonoma County wine label. New legislation is coming into effect requiring all producers to label their wines Sonoma County even if they are part of specific sub-appellations. But the regulations are not sitting well with small winemakers. Under the new law, which comes into effect January 1, 2O14, a Russian River Valley producer will also have to indicate the broader and geographically diverse “Sonoma County”, which [...] Read More »
THE AMAZING ELECTRONIC NOSE
HAVING AN ACUTE SENSE OF SMELL is an integral component to being a wine professional. But could the human nose be on the way out? A group of Swedish and Spanish engineers have invented an “electronic nose” capable of detecting fruit aromas more effectively than a human. Using its 32 sensors, the device, which the researchers claim is more sensitive than a human nose, can currently only distinguish between the odors emitted by chopped apples [...] Read More »
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