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Jan 29


Actually, WinePod.

Haven’t we all tried to make our own wine in our basement? Usually, it’s a hit or miss type of thing. No need for expertise or even a vineyard with the WinePod. All you need is a computer and an electrical outlet.

Winepod_1The Provina WinePod integrates a wine press and fermentation unit into a 4 foot tall steel container that will contain your in-house wine for 6 months. One batch of wine can fill up to 60 bottles. It’s a novel new way of making your own wine, and highly technical.

The WinePod not only includes the stainless steel structure, but a Dashboard and software that interact with the WinePod, letting you monitor your wine. It also includes membership in a "community" of WinePod owners (winemakers like yourself) so that you can pool knowledge. Provina offers access to Napa and Sonoma grapes, destemmed and quick frozen, so that you can make Napa and Sonoma wines all year long (grapes not included in the price).

This is a nifty concept really, combining age-old processes with new technology and taking in-home winemaking to the next level. I’d love to try it. Next time I have $3,499 sitting around, I just might.

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Jan 17

WBW #29: Biodynamic

I failed miserably at this particular Wine Blogging Wednesday. Just when I was ready to get back into the game too! I had it in my head that I wanted to find a SPANISH biodynamic wine. Well, there are several out there, and I had a great time learning about them. However, they aren’t available at my local wine store. So then I started looking at the little wine stores for biodynamic wines. Guess what? The wine staff doesn’t always get the difference between biodynamic and organic wines. In fact, I found dozens and dozens of organic wines.

Admittedly, I do have a Benziger Reserve Sauvignon Blanc downstairs in the wine refrigerator, but it’s not from their biodynamically farmed vines. I think it’s from their organic vines. They do a lot of fun things over at Benziger.

So I wish everyone well this WBW, and humbly point you in the direction of the Fork and Bottle, the able hosts of this event. I’ll see you all at WBW next month!

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Jan 16

Northerly Neighbors

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We spent some time up north this past weekend. Kevin’s godfather lives in Rochester, NY, and we wanted to see him. We took the opportunity to head up to Niagara Falls, Canada, and the Niagara wine peninsula.
We had previously visited several Canadian wineries in the spring of 2004. I fell in love with the Niagara Parkway in the spring, with the river and vistas on one side and gardens and grapes on the other.

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We enjoy our icewine and discovered great icewine in Niagara, but were also thrilled with the wines offered other than icewine. Like everyone, we visited Inniskillin on that first trip. We really enjoyed Inniskillin, but they do have a rather powerful marketing arm in the United States. This trip we wanted to go to smaller wineries and wineries with less of a presence in the States, but I fully admit we were sidetracked. Read on to learn about each winery we visited on this trip, including Coyote’s Run, Chateau des Charmes, Joseph’s Estate, Jackson-Triggs, Peller Estates, and Lailey. A complete Flickr photo set is also available.

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Jan 01


Wishing everyone a warm and happy new year!

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