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New World Wine Maker

Armageddon… don’t let it happen in your cellar! (Part 2)

Modern winemaking can be very stressful and winemakers are putting increasing pressure on their minuscule friends. No, I’m serous! Pressure can indeed be a limiting factor; especially where low pH a…

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The (Colloidal) Matrix part I

Morpheus: “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself. ”

For particularly the higher price point wine market segments, wine maturation is a very signific…

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Fermenting Sauvignon blanc on full lees…

There is always a major lesson (or many) to be learnt in each harvest. A few years ago after planning space, bottling etc., I was convinced we had enough space at a cellar where I consult to take in t…

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Winemaking in the Rheinland-Pfalz

“Don’t make a big monkey dance about choosing a yeast, just decide if you want esters or thiols!” This is one of the more memorable sentences that was uttered by Christoph Hammel during my recen…

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Are your yeasts on sterols?

Recent crackdowns on doping in sport have made all of us more aware of the effects of performance enhancing supplements. This got me thinking. What if winemakers could come up with a legal magic potio…

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Gold medal winemaking in La Mancha!

The cooperative Vinicola de Villarobledo has been the only winery from La Mancha region to win a Gold award at wine contest – Nuevo Vino 2011 – held in Madrid on the 15th of June this year. This was t…

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