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New World Wine Maker

Armageddon… don’t let it happen in your cellar! (Part 1)

Not only humans (and don’t forget the dinosaurs) are subject to mass extinction. Micro-organisms are intimately sensitive to changes in their environment. Take a tank of fermenting must. The savvy w…

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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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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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Red winemaking at Morgenster

Over the years, South African winemaker, Henry Kotzé, has refined his winemaking mantra to one of minimal interference and maximal expression of variety by means of selecting the best terroir possibl…

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Focus on Chardonnay: part 2

Jan van Rooyen, the new winemaker at Avontuur Winery, South Africa (2011 being his first full vintage at Avontuur) is no stranger when it comes to making delicious Chardonnay. As a seasoned vintner wi…

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