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Montemaggiore Blog

We are winegrowers not professional writers, thus this blog will probably only be updated a few times a year.  In fact most of these posts either have appeared or will appear in our quarterly newsletter. Having said that, we hope you enjoy our insights on winemaking and winegrowing on a boutique level.  We welcome your opinions and questions—and even your suggestions on future topics. 

Vincent Ciolino
 
November 15, 2016 | Vincent Ciolino

Baseball taught me everything I know...

From patience to passion to trusting your instincts, baseball taught me a lot about life and growing grapes.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
September 13, 2016 | Lise Ciolino

Steve Jobs taught me everything I know...

Early in my career, I worked for Steve Jobs, who taught me three very important but unconventional lessons about the wine business. The experience molded me into who I am today, and made Montemaggiore wines what they are.  Continue »

Time Posted: Sep 13, 2016 at 7:20 AM
Lise Ciolino
 
January 22, 2016 | Lise Ciolino

Vintage Chart for Paolo's Vineyard Syrah

We recently tasted every single vintage of Paolo’s Vineyard Syrah that we’ve ever produced—an exciting and enlightening event given that we don't often taste all these wines side-by-side. The resulting vintage chart will help you decide whether to open that special bottle of Montemaggiore Syrah now or hang on to it.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
November 8, 2015 | Lise Ciolino

Lise's Top 20 Books on Wine

Have you read any great wine books lately? Perhaps Lise's favorites will provide some inspiration!  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 8, 2015 at 12:52 PM
Lise Ciolino
 
August 31, 2015 | Lise Ciolino

Wine Aromas, Syrah, and Rotundone

“Pepper”, “leathery”, “hints of cocoa”... do you find wine descriptors to be helpful? Come explore the magical, mystical world of wine aromas with us by focusing in on the “pepper” aroma commonly found in Syrah, the varietal we specialize in here at Montemaggiore.  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
 
June 2, 2015 | Vincent Ciolino

Drought and Wine at Montemaggiore

The past few years have brought droughts to Montemaggiore, and although we are quite water efficient, we are definitely impacted.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
April 10, 2015 | Lise Ciolino

Hosting a Vertical Tasting

A fun way to learn about wines is to host a Vertical Wine Tasting, in which you taste several vintages of the same wine from the same producer.  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
 
January 29, 2015 | Vincent Ciolino

Wine Etiquette: tips & tricks for serving wine

Should I decant the wines? What temperature should I serve it at? What should I do if the cork crumbles? How much should I fill each glass? Here are various tips and tricks we've gathered over the years in the wine business.  Continue »

Time Posted: Jan 29, 2015 at 11:40 AM
Vincent Ciolino
 
December 2, 2014 | Vincent Ciolino

The Wine Lover’s Dilemma: drink now or later?

We've all contemplated a special bottle of wine, wondering whether to open it now or wait because it may taste better in a few years? Here are a few tips and tools for evaluating the ageability of wines.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
August 28, 2014 | Lise Ciolino

Berry Sensory Analysis: this winemaker's favorite harvest tool

How does a winemaker precisely assess ripeness in grapes? And do flavors in the grapes translate into flavors in the wine? The answers to these questions lend insight into how Montemaggiore chooses when to harvest the grapes.  Continue »