Tag Archives: Winemaking

Joseph Swan Celebrates 50 Years of Great Winemaking

black and white swan with background

Many of today’s wine drinkers might not have heard the story of Joseph Swan, but you probably know of a winery named Joseph Swan Vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Before there was a Burt Williams and Ed Selyem making cult Pinot Noirs in the Russian River Valley, there was Joe Swan, producing elegant Pinot Noirs […]

2017 Winemaker of the Year Cameron Woodbridge

2017 winemaker of the year

With 3 wines featured in our Top 100 Wines of 2017, Cameron Woodbridge was a clear choice for our 2017 Winemaker of the Year. Wine isn’t simply a beverage. Wine is a passion, a way of life, of living. The appreciation of wine is something that Cameron Woodbridge was raised with. Growing up around the wine country […]

Winemaker to Know: Cameron Woodbridge

wine grapes in hand

Wine isn’t simply a beverage. Wine is a passion, a way of life, of living. The appreciation of wine is something that Cameron Woodbridge was raised with. Growing up around the wine country of southern Ontario in Canada started this journey but it wasn’t until he was much older that the real journey began. Years […]

The Truth About Terroir

wine bottles with terroir backgrounds

At every wine tasting, especially those comparing “old world” wine to “new world” wines, the inevitable question of terroir arises. Terroir is a French term that literally translated means: earth, or soil. However, there is no such thing as a literal translation of anything French. In a larger context, wine tasters try to define terroir as the specificity of place, which has […]

The Winemaking Genius of Julien Fayard

Julian Fayard

We have been following Julien Fayard’s career for several years now and are consistantly impressed with the wines that he creates. In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted first growth Château Lafite-Rothschild (he even lived in Lafite’s grand château for a period) as well […]

What Are Tannins? And Why Do they Matter in Wine?

tannins and wine grapes

Tannins. It’s one of those ‘wine words’ commonly heard in tasting rooms and among wine circles, but many of us are unsure of what is actually means. Tannins are an important characteristic in wine making. They give wines complexity, structure and natural antioxidants to protect the wine, allowing it to age.   So What Exactly […]

How Many Grapes in Your Glass of WIne?

wine grapes dripping juice into a glass

Here at Wine Spectrum we get to taste hundreds of wines every year. One of the most interesting questions we get asked by our clients is how many grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine? Why do some bottles cost a lot, while others cost a little? Well, it all depends on how […]

Is this the Most Sustainable Winery in Napa?

Honig Vineyard and Winery

Sustainable winegrowing practices protect our soil, air and water – elements that breathe life, and ultimately flavor, into our grapes and wines. Being good stewards of the land and good neighbors are principles many wineries and vineyards live by each and every day. Adopting environmentally and socially responsible practices and making them an integral part of how […]