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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. 

Lise Ciolino
November 15, 2007 | Lise Ciolino

Whole Cluster Syrah

We've started utilizing "whole cluster" fermentations, which imparts a depth and spiciness to our Syrah. This practice is somewhat counter-intuitive since we normally are very careful to remove bits of stems that our destemmer misses.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
September 15, 2007 | Lise Ciolino

The Optimal Time of Harvest

Choosing the optimal time to pick the grapes is a winemakers most important decision. The flavor of the skins and the ripeness of the seeds are the most important factors.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
June 15, 2007 | Lise Ciolino

Pressing Facts

Our state-of-the-art stainless steel basket press is very gentle on our grape "must", which helps us produce flavorful wines with soft tannins.  Continue »

Lise Ciolino
December 15, 2005 | Lise Ciolino

The importance of Oak Barrels

Aside from the grapes, the barrels used to make wine are the most expensive "ingredient". Learn the barrel basics as they relate to making wine  Continue »