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Crush Time

Crush Time

You have to be flexible to make wine. This past Friday, I was just a guy on his way to a weekend getaway in Deep Creek, Maryland. On Sunday, I rushed home from said vacation to load more than 350 pounds of grapes into my car. A call came from Dr. Bob […]

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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 […]

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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

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A Note About Aging

A Note About Aging

Aging, as it relates to wine, happens at two critical points: during the winemaking process, at my house, and when it’s in the bottle, at your house. Aging, as it relates to me personally, apparently happens on a continuous basis. And I age at my house, your house, and everywhere […]

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It’s a Watching and Waiting Game

It’s a Watching and Waiting Game

Winemaking is an erratic hobby. There is a lot of action at the beginning of the process: crushing, fermenting, pressing; and a lot of action at the end of the process: bottling, labeling, drinking (the best part). In the middle, however, not a lot happens. Since the wine has to […]

by × December 22, 2012 × 2 comments

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Labels and Branding

Labels and Branding

Wine is a global, multi-billion dollar industry. Like most industries, while focusing on your product is very important, so is understanding buying decisions and the factors that influence them, product differentiation, and fostering brand loyalty. Specifically, on the topic of labels, what should a label convey? It should give the […]

by × November 30, 2012 × 0 comments

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An Appeal to Passion, Rationality, and Vertical Integration

An Appeal to Passion, Rationality, and Vertical Integration

To My Wife Caitlin, I’ve been reflecting on the tagline for our blog: wine and winemaking in the greatest city in America. We’ve covered so much of the winemaking process (crushing, pressing, and aging), and we have a lot more to talk about as we get closer to bottling next […]

by × November 20, 2012 × 0 comments

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Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

Has it really been three weeks since I’ve posted anything? Yikes. No wonder I started getting threatening text messages and e-mails from Caitlin earlier this week. During the work day, of course. We really can’t escape one another in our hotel room. I got into an argument with a girlfriend […]

by × November 8, 2012 × 2 comments

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Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 2)

Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 2)

I know what you’re thinking. When was the last time my husband Robert posted? Well, I am pleased to inform you that Robert will be updating you later this week. In the meantime, let me entertain you with the dramatic conclusion of our press. Ok, you caught me. It’s not […]

by × November 6, 2012 × 3 comments

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Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 1)

Pressing Red Wine (Pt. 1)

Back before we lived in a hotel, we were minding our own business, entertaining two lovely house guests from Texas (Robert’s home state). Now our life is a little like Eloise, except we don’t live in the room on the tippy-top floor, we live on the second floor, and instead […]

by × November 5, 2012 × 5 comments

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Family Matters

Family Matters

By: Five Gallons of Free Run Cabernet Sauvignon* I know it is a trend for parents to create websites about their kids, but in my opinion, this website is the best (sorry to new parents reading this, but it had to be said). My parents have been lovingly documenting our […]

by × October 31, 2012 × 1 comment

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Goals for Abeille 2012

Goals for Abeille 2012

In the words of the great Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” I probably should have written my goals down before we started winemaking this year, but it has been busier than most and I haven’t had the opportunity to convert […]

by × October 18, 2012 × 4 comments