Billecart-Salmon: enduring history, evolving savoir faire, and six decades of Nicolas François
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1y ago
By 1844, Champagne’s grand marques were already measuring global shipments in millions of bottles. Following phylloxera, consecutive troublesome vintages, and two devastating wars, they acquired vast swathes of land from countless small growers and offered stable long-term contrat de vendange to many more. Subsequently, production grew and consolidated; between 1900 and 2000, production exploded, totalling […] The post Billecart-Salmon: enduring history, evolving savoir faire, and six decades of Nicolas François first appeared on Word on the Grapevine ..read more
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Chiara Condello: classicism, daring and reviving Predappio
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1y ago
Italy's economic woes took their toll on Predappio. Today, Chiara Condello has enthused collectors and critics, and is helping revive regional winegrowing. The post Chiara Condello: classicism, daring and reviving Predappio first appeared on Word on the Grapevine ..read more
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Chiara Condello: classicism, daring and reviving Predappio
Word on the Grapevine » Viticulture
by wordonthegrapevine
1y ago
Italy's economic woes took their toll on Predappio. Today, Chiara Condello has enthused collectors and critics, and is helping revive regional winegrowing. The post Chiara Condello: classicism, daring and reviving Predappio first appeared on Word on the Grapevine ..read more
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Carema: heroic viticulture, sudden demise, and a fervent revival
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1y ago
Some two thousand years ago, the first Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, instructed the construction of Via delle Gallie, a significant road enabling Roman military and political expansion towards the Alps. Carema occupied a strategic position along the road, which intersected the small town at the southern end of the Aosta Valley. Some historians suggest the […] The post Carema: heroic viticulture, sudden demise, and a fervent revival first appeared on Word on the Grapevine ..read more
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Timorasso: origin, viticulture, winemaking, and more
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1y ago
Between 1489 and 1493, famed Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci occasionally worked as a wedding planner, organising lavish, eccentric weddings and operetta for wealthy Italian nobility. At the marriage of Duke Giovanni Galeazzo to Isabella of Aragon in Naples, Da Vinci gifted the couple a large wheel of montebore, an ancient cheese of Val Curone, […] The post Timorasso: origin, viticulture, winemaking, and more first appeared on Word on the Grapevine ..read more
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Langhe Chardonnay: origin, viticulture, winemaking, and more
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1y ago
Dramatic change characterised the late twentieth century in Piedmont. By 1980, Altare et al. had thrown tradition to the wind in Barolo, so too had Angelo Gaja in neighbouring Barbaresco. Angelo, a recalcitrant, audacious young man, began working at the family winery in 1961, aged 21. Following several trips to France, Angelo set about revolutionising […] The post Langhe Chardonnay: origin, viticulture, winemaking, and more first appeared on Word on the Grapevine ..read more
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Langhe Riesling: origin, viticulture, winemaking, and more
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by wordonthegrapevine
1y ago
The noblest of white grape varieties, few wines captivate so broadly as Riesling. Seizing the collective adoration of wine lovers the world over, Rieslings unrivalled versatility makes it allure difficult to deny. The 5th most planted white grape variety, ca. 55,000 hectares are cultivated globally, of these plantings 45% and 6% can be found in Germany and France (Alsace) respectively. Riesling buds late, is mid-to-late-ripening and does well in cool climates, where it ripens slowly, developing a broad spectrum of aromas. Thought to have originated in the Rhine and first referenced in the 15th ..read more
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Phosphorus in viticulture and winemaking: an exploration from soil to bottle
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by wordonthegrapevine
1y ago
Besides that which is essential for photosynthesis, namely carbon dioxide, water, and sunlight, grapevines also require a range of nutrients to grow, survive and prosper. These nutrients are split into two groups depending on the scale of requirement, macro and micronutrient, the former being those required in larger amounts. Phosphorus is essential for plant growth. It is a component of cell membranes and DNA and plays a vital role in photosynthesis, the movement of sugars, and carbohydrate storage within the vine. Deficiency of phosphorus in vines can result in reduced vine vigour and yellow ..read more
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Soil and root microbiome: discovering the grapevines greatest weapon
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by wordonthegrapevine
1y ago
Following my recent polemic against the claims of biodynamic winemaking, I spoke with Keith of Mise en abyme who asked me what I’d like to see emerge from the discussion around the legitimacy of biodynamics. My response? A more practical and evidence-based school of thought centred around achieving healthy soils and diverse, resilient ecosystems. Although understudied, it is widely accepted that microbiome is essential in upholding the fabric of life. Our gut, mouth and skin each host their own unique microbiome community whilst healthy soil microbiome is crucial for the growth and longevity o ..read more
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