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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
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 »

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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 »

Lise Ciolino
May 1, 2014 | Lise Ciolino

Blending Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier into 3Divas

White Rhône blends are a great alternative to the ubiquitous Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Each of the three main varietals have wonderful aromas, which adds layers of complexity&which is why Montemaggiore decided to add 3Divas to the portfolio.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
January 15, 2014 | Lise Ciolino

In Vino Veritas: Syrafina gives a nod to Côte Rôtie

The newest wine in Montemaggiore's portfolio, Syrafina, was inspired by Côte Rôtie, the Rhone sub-region in France that produces Syrahs with a secret ingredient.  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
September 15, 2013 | Lise Ciolino

Fermentation: the key to unlocking Flavor

Fermentation is a miracle. The yeasts are not only creating alcohol, but more importantly, unlocking all the interesting flavor potential from a basically uni-dimensional grape.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
May 15, 2013 | Lise Ciolino

Not all Rosés are created equal

Montemaggiore makes an intentional rosé with pure red fruit flavors and lower alcohol—but some rosé is just a by-product of making red wine. Learn about the differences, and why you should care.  Continue »