What is Brix? Winemaking Secrets

brix in wine illustration in an illustrated pool of wine

If you’ve ever traveled to wine country or glanced at a wine bottle tech sheet then you’ve probably come across the words “Brix” with a number after it, such as 19.5, 23 or sometimes up to 26.

Brix measures must levels (sugar) in wine grapes that ultimately determines how …read more

Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir

Wine Review: 2011 Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon The 2011 Tendril Guadalupe Vineyard Pinot Noir is of the feminine style with pretty flavors of cherry and raspberry with subtle undertones of tangerine and mineral. The Pinor noir is balanced with perfect acidity and roundness that finishes clean …read more

A nation that twitters together fritters together

This scares me: “Calvin Lee, a graphic designer, is a massive tweeter. ‘I really can’t stop,’ he joked. In Twitterland, Lee has become a rock star. ‘I’ve gone through life wondering what my ‘thing’ would be. I believe I’ve found it.’ Lee describes himself as a ‘social media ho. …read more

2013 Handcraft Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Handcraft Cabernet Sauvignon

Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon; Sangiovese
Region: California – USA
Cost: $13 (SRP)

Winemaker’s Notes: Robust aromas of black cherry, black peppercorn, and violet greet your nose. The layers of flavor that follow are nothing short of fantastic with hints of black fruit compote, clove, spice, and black currant. This full …read more


I put the little Sony on the table at the local boozer, The Royal Oak at Clarendon, pointed it across the road, pushed the button, and got this snap of the vineyard coming over the hill. There’ll be no more green after this; just in the last two days, everything’s …read more

A year for the table

Photo by Vinologue

At the beginning of May, during the Fira del Vi, I stopped in to visit a friend in the village of Capçanes in Priorat as he was out removing excess growth in his small vineyard of Hairy Grenache and Carignan. As it was 20:00 and the sun was …read more