• The Nose Knows

    The Nose Knows

    Have you read any Mary Roach? She wrote Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, among others. Of these three, the only Mary Roach book I’ve read is Spook, and I highly recommend [...]

  • Wine and the Gender Divide – Closing, Not Closed

    Wine and the Gender Divide – Closing, Not Closed

    I went to the dentist this morning. His official prescription was “get a new job” because “the stress is ruining your gums”. Then he told me that I should be a dentist. I don’t think he’s very trustworthy, but I did start reflecting on things that make me clench my [...]

  • Drinking Local, Drinking Favorites in Arizona

    Drinking Local, Drinking Favorites in Arizona

    Robert has been busy putting the finishing touches on our Vidal Blanc. I’ve been busy visiting Sedona, with a stop in the Grand Canyon. I didn’t have a lot of hope in my heart for my wine experience in Arizona until two weeks ago. I was doing research for our [...]

  • 2013 – Time to Drink Green

    2013 – Time to Drink Green

    Earth is a pretty great place, isn’t it? I think we can all agree on that*. We get to live on it. It’s very beautiful. We have lots of water and an excellent atmosphere. Each one of us bears a responsibility to protect it. Taking steps to lessen the impact that we have on the environment [...]

  • If You Want to Drink History, Discover Armenia

    If You Want to Drink History, Discover Armenia

    One of the world’s oldest civilizations, Armenia is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus highlands surrounding biblical Mount Ararat. The country is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, and Iran, amongst others. It boasts a rich cultural heritage and significant natural treasures. Less well known is the fact that Armenia is arguably the cradle of grape growing and winemaking. [...]

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Wine Drinking

The Nose Knows

The Nose Knows

Have you read any Mary Roach? She wrote Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, and Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, among others. Of these three, the only Mary Roach book I’ve read is Spook, and I highly recommend [...]

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Wine Drinking

Wine and the Gender Divide – Closing, Not Closed

Wine and the Gender Divide – Closing, Not Closed

I went to the dentist this morning. His official prescription was “get a new job” because “the stress is ruining your gums”. Then he told me that I should be a dentist. I don’t think he’s very trustworthy, but I did start reflecting on things that make me clench my [...]

by × February 26, 2013 × 1 comment

Events

February 22 – National Margarita Day 2013

February 22 – National Margarita Day 2013

Even home winemakers need to take a break for a cocktail every once in awhile. National Margarita Day, celebrated annually on February 22, is as good an excuse as any. For the contemplative winemaker and wine enthusiast, be advised that there are several similarities between tequila and wine. Aged tequila [...]

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Wine Drinking

Drinking Local, Drinking Favorites in Arizona

Drinking Local, Drinking Favorites in Arizona

Robert has been busy putting the finishing touches on our Vidal Blanc. I’ve been busy visiting Sedona, with a stop in the Grand Canyon. I didn’t have a lot of hope in my heart for my wine experience in Arizona until two weeks ago. I was doing research for our [...]

by × February 19, 2013 × 0 comments

Wine Drinking

2013 – Time to Drink Green

2013 – Time to Drink Green

Earth is a pretty great place, isn’t it? I think we can all agree on that*. We get to live on it. It’s very beautiful. We have lots of water and an excellent atmosphere. Each one of us bears a responsibility to protect it. Taking steps to lessen the impact that we have on the environment [...]

by × February 5, 2013 × 1 comment

Home Winemaking

Raise Your Dessert Fork

Raise Your Dessert Fork

The residents of Baltimore just endured one of the coldest weeks in years. Temperatures rarely rose above freezing and wind chills were in the single digits. Unlike most of the city, we’ve been anxiously waiting for it to get cold. We needed temperatures to dip low enough for us progress to the next stage of white [...]

by × February 4, 2013 × 2 comments

Wine Drinking

If You Want to Drink History, Discover Armenia

If You Want to Drink History, Discover Armenia

One of the world’s oldest civilizations, Armenia is a mountainous country in the South Caucasus highlands surrounding biblical Mount Ararat. The country is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, and Iran, amongst others. It boasts a rich cultural heritage and significant natural treasures. Less well known is the fact that Armenia is arguably the cradle of grape growing and winemaking. [...]

by × February 1, 2013 × 0 comments

Home Winemaking

It’s Here: The Local Grapes Guide

It’s Here: The Local Grapes Guide

Finally, a comprehensive online resource to find wine and grape grower associations, organized by state. The connections you need to buy local grapes. Access it here. As I first reported at examiner.com, the exceedingly popular, perhaps slightly worn catch-phrase “think globally, act locally” urges all of us to take action [...]

by × January 31, 2013 × 0 comments

Buy Local Grapes, Resources

The Local Grapes Guide

The Local Grapes Guide

We here at Making Abeille feel very strongly about using local grapes. To help you, the winemaker, identify growers in your state, we’ve assembled a Local Grapes Guide. We know you’ll agree that it feels good to support local vineyards. Not to mention, the extreme pride you’ll experience when you [...]

by × January 31, 2013 × 0 comments

Events

The 2013 Maryland Wine and Grape Industry Meeting

The 2013 Maryland Wine and Grape Industry Meeting

As first reported at examiner.com, the Maryland Grape Growers Association (MGGA), together with the Maryland Wineries Association (MWA), will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Feb. 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Sheraton Baltimore North. This is a marquee event for Maryland’s grape growers and wineries and promises a wealth of [...]

by × January 30, 2013 × 0 comments

Wine Drinking

Wine Needs Science, Art, and a Few Heroes

Wine Needs Science, Art, and a Few Heroes

When I was a young man, I got a book on sports heroes of the twentieth century. It allowed me to learn about men and women who had left a lasting mark of achievement, professionalism, and triumph on their chosen sports. People like Ben Hogan in golf, Babe Didrikson in [...]

by × January 29, 2013 × 3 comments

Wine Drinking

In Defense of the Finger Lakes

In Defense of the Finger Lakes

In its February 2013 edition, Wine Spectator published a feature on the Finger Lakes, praising the “emergent” region for “gaining experience quickly”. This somewhat patronizing characterization may or may not have gone over like gangbusters with upstate New York winemakers, given the fact that the Finger Lakes region has been [...]

by × January 27, 2013 × 2 comments