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More to Wine than Making it

February 2nd, 2014

There is more to know than making wine or drinking it, for that matter. On Friday, January 31, 2014 the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, the preeminent grape and wine professional society in the United States, hosted a symposium honoring Dr. Ann C. Noble, Emerita Professor and Sensory Scientist/Flavor Chemist from the Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis.

Dr. Nobel invented the “Aroma Wheel” which is credited for a greater understanding of wine tasting and education. Peter Kitchak, of Kitchak Cellars, and I had the honor to be among some of her last students in the Wine Program at Davis before she retired.

Photo:  Dr. Nobel graciously agreed to be photographed with me following her lecture on Friday.

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Friday Photo: Winery Work is Never Done

January 24th, 2014

Grape vines are still dormant in the Napa Valley, but work continues none the less at Kitchak Cellars.  Vines need to be pruned, not too early, not too late and wine barrels need to be “racked.” Today we are racking, a cyclic procedure of removing sediment that has accumulated during the aging process as the wine matures.  It’s a wet and messy job, but made a little more pleasant by the mild temperatures we are expecting this afternoon. I’ve decided to post a more idealistic photo of the winery for you today. Notice the how the vines look so skeletal this time of year.

Photo: Kitchak Cellars in Napa, CA

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