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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 4, 2017 | Vincent Ciolino

Wildfire effects on 2017 wines

The October wildfires in Napa and Sonoma counties did not impact much of the vintage because most grapes were already picked. But for those that weren't , the fires' affect on the wine may not be initially apparent.  Continue »

Time Posted: Nov 4, 2017 at 1:35 PM
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
 
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
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
 
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 »

Vincent Ciolino
 
November 15, 2013 | Vincent Ciolino

The Beauty of Mountain Wines: soil, slope, and elevation are the secrets

An old anecdote teaches us that "great wines come from vineyards with the best views". Most of the great wines around the world do come from mountainous regions, but it's not actually the view that makes the difference.  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
 
November 15, 2013 | Vincent Ciolino

The Beauty of Mountain Wines: soil, slope, and elevation are the secrets

An old anecdote teaches us that "great wines come from vineyards with the best views". Most of the great wines around the world do come from mountainous regions, but it's not actually the view that makes the difference.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
December 15, 2012 | Lise Ciolino

What makes a great vintage?

Numerous factors go into a great vintage for wine, typically sun and rain—but at the right time and in the right proportions.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
 
September 15, 2012 | Lise Ciolino

Crush = Excitement + Anxiety + Thrill

The harvest season, fondly known as "Crush", is a thrilling time here in Wine Country. It's exciting, nerve-wracking and satisfying all at the same time. Learn about a typical harvest day at Montemaggiore and the cardio-vascular workout that Lise gets.  Continue »