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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
February 5, 2019 | Vincent Ciolino

Once upon a Vine...

A movie about a biodynamic farm in southern California reminded me of all the great adventures we've had at Montemaggiore. Full of highs and lows but ultimately our experiences farming grapevines and olive trees have been life-affirming and soul-expanding.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
September 2, 2018 | Lise Ciolino

Wine is like Art: You are the Expert

Wine is good for the soul, but it can also be intimidating, difficult to get to know, and complex--just like Art. And also just like art, you should have supreme confidence in your own taste!  Continue »

Vincent Ciolino
May 15, 2018 | Vincent Ciolino

Time to get a new corkscrew?

Don't be foiled by a bad corkscrew! If it looks like a screw, you should toss it out and buy one that looks like a helix.  Continue »

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 »

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Lise Ciolino
May 17, 2017 | Lise Ciolino

Wine Cocktails...really?

A hot trend these days are Wine Cocktails. What are they? Why adulterate a good wine? Lise relates her newfound experience making wine cocktails with bitters. You might be very surprised!  Continue »

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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