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Posted: December 23, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi says that many of our modern myths are rooted in primitive agricultural societies. As he says farewell on his 2009 harvest blog, Cargasacchi explains why Santa comes in through the chimney.
Posted: December 21, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi talks about how weather predictions and the historical record affect his decisions in the vineyard, including when to start pruning.
Posted: December 11, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi talks about using his cover crops to keep down water levels in vineyard soils during the upcoming expected wet winter.
Posted: December 4, 2009
Posted: December 4, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports that the winter forecast is for an El Niño condition, which could cause much more rainfall than the Golden State has seen in the past three years, and will require viticultural adjustments in the vineyards.
Posted: December 3, 2009
Posted: December 2, 2009
Posted: December 1, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi is overseeing the malolactic fermentations of his Santa Barbara County Pinot Noirs and more as the temperatures drop.
Posted: November 30, 2009
Posted: November 23, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports on his Wine Spectator blog that the vines in his Santa Barabara County vineyard are nearing dormancy as winter approaches.
Posted: November 16, 2009 By Alexander Van Beek
Wine Spectator guest blogger Alexander Van Beek says that after watching the fermentations at Châteaus Giscours, du Tertre and Haut-Bailly, the 2009 vintage in Bordeaux could be a great one.
Posted: November 13, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports on his Wine Spectator blog that his late-harvest Pinot Grigio has been harvested and his last three barrels of Pinot Noir have been pressed.
Posted: November 9, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
California grapegrower Peter Cargasacchi reports that the late-ripening Mourvèdre grapes in Paso Robles have been harvested while he waits for the perfect moment to pick his late-harvest Pinot Grigio.
Posted: October 30, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
I escaped the vineyards and winery and spent the last two days visiting retail and restaurant accounts in Sacramento, the capital of California and a beautiful city. Great food transforms wine, and winemakers make every effort to put their wines into the best restaurants, so I had some great dining experiences there. I left Sacramento late last night and got home early this morning. The nocturnal business of night picking makes unusual schedules and night travel a little easier at this time of year. But maybe it's just that the habits of the vampires on our nighttime picking crew are rubbing off on me?
Posted: October 26, 2009 By Gaia Gaja
Gaia Gaja says that the harvest at Pieve Santa Restituta, in Tuscany's Montalcino district, began Sept. 20 and ended Oct. 12--all in all a very fast harvest that resulted in optimal-quality grapes despite some weather concerns leading up to harvest.
Posted: October 23, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
Wine Spectator guest blogger and California winegrower Peter Cargasacchi says that Brian Loring waits until the last moment to harvest his 2009 Pinot Noir crop.
Posted: October 20, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
Why pick at night? Fruit that is undamaged and cold has a much lower potential for the growth of unwanted microorganisms and for oxidation. Simply put, fruit picked at night or in the cool of the morning makes better wine by giving the winemaker control of the fermentation.
Châteaus du Tertre and Giscours finished harvesting this past Tuesday, and Château Haut-Bailly on Wednesday. Now it's time for the end of harvest parties and some early assessments of the vintage, which looks to be fantastic.
Posted: October 16, 2009 By Peter Cargasacchi
On Monday, with the remnants of a typhoon in the Pacific heading straight toward us, I picked the slightly more than 1-acre parcel of Pinot Noir I grow for Ken Byron Brown. The rainfall total for Tuesday and Wednesday was 2.75 inches. It was a soaker, with no runoff. A little early and poorly timed for both the Pinot Noir and pastures. However, the rain gave me a little more time to spend with my fermenting wines and develop the calluses on my hands doing punch-downs.
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