Archive for January, 2015

Pre-Pruning in the Vineyard: Disease Prevention and Vine Life Extension

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If you’ve cruised up to wine country in the last couple weeks, you’ll notice vineyards are looking fairly bare.  The shoots on the vine are either unpruned and naked of all their leaves or have been cut down to a 2-bud stub on the cordon, but what about those vines that look like they’ve been half pruned, with canes only about a foot long?

Lately, a new trend has started to develop involving two passes through the vineyard. The first pass typically occurs anywhere between October and December and trims canes down to about 12 inches. It’s being called ‘double’ or ‘pre-‘pruning and has been most commonly practiced, so far, on cordon-pruned vineyards. It can even be mechanized, potentially saving cost and time! Whether done by hand or machine

Vines re-pruned to 12 inches is advantageous in a couple ways:
– Prunes canes down to a manageable length, i.e. No…

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Prosecco On Tap!

Interesting Story here.There is something wrong about Prosecco on tap!

Charles Scicolone on Wine


Saturday 10 January 2015

Italy’s prosecco makers go to war against British pubs selling it on tap

A group of prosecco makers, with the support of the Italian government, threatens legal action against British pubs for serving the fizzy wine from kegs

The consortium believe serving prosecco from a keg is unforgivably gauche
The consortium believe serving prosecco from a keg is unforgivably gauche Photo: Alamy

For a growing number of Britons it is a well-earned and seemingly harmless aperitif at the end of a long day in the office, but Italian wine makers have declared war on pubs and wine bars selling prosecco on tap.

A consortium of prosecco makers, backed by the government in Rome, is threatening British pubs with legal action and fines unless they stop serving the light, dry fizzy wine from kegs.

The group, which guards the image of prosecco as jealously as the French protect Champagne, has…

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