Wine o’Clock News – Texas Terroir, Part 1

As a winemaker for 20 years in Chile, I was on my way last August to become the Director of Winemaking for Fall Creek Vineyards.  The minute I got off the plane in Austin, I immediately thought Texas weather was just too hot for growing high quality wine grapes;  it was something like 100ºF. Continue reading

Pruning fundamentals

It’s good to remember that vines have been growing by themselves a very long time before man discovered how wonderful fermented berry juice tasted.  Long before the trellising of poles and wires the vines made use of other trees and their branches to climb their way to the sun lighted perimeter of the forests where they could get more energy than in the shade.  Continue reading