Dog-Days Update Revisited!

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New From le Clos des Jarres Vivien Helmsdael has been meticulously farming his families plots of mixed grapes in the northwest corner of Minervois (Languedoc) for some years now, and converting from Organic to Biodynamic farming as well, while consistently running afoul of the AOC, hearing that his wines aren’t “typical”, and are too “raw”. […]

Machine vs Manual

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A couple years ago while visiting growers in Beaujolais, I learned a little known fact about growing grapes there. In the northern, “cru” appellations, grapes are trained exclusively in goblet, pruned to a low bush shape, and not allowed to grow on wire trellises. I had noted this practice on previous trips but never knew […]