Ask the Winemaker - What are you looking for when you taste wine?

Ask the Winemaker - What are you looking for when you taste wine?

I recently started something at the winery that I call "Wine School." It's basically a monthly tasting class for our customers that's designed to be an educational exploration of wines. The first class, titled "How to drink like a winemaker" hoped to answer a question I get a lot in the tasting room...

What are you looking for when you taste wine?

In my view, as a winemaker, it's my job to make the best possible wine from any given fruit. And there are so many variables, that I don't think I could go through them in a class setting, or a blog for that matter. But this is what I told the class.

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Ask the Winemaker - What's new at the winery? White wines and black puppy edition.

Ask the Winemaker - What's new at the winery? White wines and black puppy edition.

It's been a busy few weeks around the winery as we put together and bottled the 2016 white wines and rose' with some help from our A TEAM crew. (Thanks!) We bottled about 80 cases of Semillon and 120 cases of Carte Blanche - this year it's a blend of Rousanne and Marsanne that I think we'll all enjoy. We also bottled about 35 cases of rose' - It's a light, dry rose' made from Mourvedre and Grenache. These wines will be released during the Spring Allocation, coming up in May.

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Ask the Winemaker - Was 2016 a good year for wine?

Ask the Winemaker - Was 2016 a good year for wine?

Harvest for Burnt Bridge Cellars began on August 30 (Merlot) and our last pick was October 13 (Cabernet) - so it lasted nearly two-and-a-half months. We made about 15 trips and crushed nearly 35 tons - up a little bit over 2015. We brought in some new fruit too (Malbec, Syrah, Cab) that we haven't had before, so it'll be fun watching these lots evolve over the next two years.

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Ask the Winemaker - Why do you top up the wine barrels?

Ask the Winemaker - Why do you top up the wine barrels?

Q: Why do you top up the wine barrels?

A: If you ever find me climbing around the barrel racks in the cellar with a pitcher of wine in hand, you're probably catching me topping up the wine barrels. It's a pretty simple procedure. You basically fill each barrel to the top with wine. We do this to eliminate headspace in the barrels, which limits oxygen contact to the wine, which keeps the wine in the barrels nice and tasty through the aging process and inhibits any microbial growth that need oxygen to multiply.

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