Laura Burgess is a wine enthusiast, and recent West Coast transplant who now lives nestled in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada, surrounded by baby grapevines. Find her at Laura Uncorked .
Indian Sauvignon Blanc The word “clone” may summon images of futuristic labs and babies with multiple heads, but in the wine biz, clones are born wildly in nature, with dozens represented in any wine shop. Grape clones are the X-Men of wine — literally mutants that evolved spontaneously in different climates. They produce fruit with unique characteristics, but still of the Vitis Vinifera species and still a single variety at their core. Over centuries, and especially as science has evolved alongside winemaking, hundreds of clones have been propagated, and they’re everywhere.
Indian Chenin Blanc To understand how grape clones develop, it first helps to know how grapevines are cultivated. Unlike most crops, grapevines don’t sprout from grape seeds. Instead, a branch with a bud is cut from an existing vine and then planted directly into the ground, or grafted (essentially glued) onto an existing root, and a new vine begins to grow.
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might as well be rosé . But now that fall is here, it’s time to get to more serious drinking. It turns out that cooler weather does indeed translate into bigger wine sales.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz “People dig deeper and buy more serious [read: expensive] wines in the fall and early winter,” noted Robert Bohr, co-owner of Charlie Bird in New York.
Indian Rosé ($55). For fall, I immediately think of a specific breed of savory red Burgundy, exemplified by Bachelet. The bracing quality of this wine's fruit aromas and the pumpkin-patch-earthiness always seem most fitting for a cool autumn evening—preferably I am wearing a sweater. They don’t make much wine, so even their 'humble' Côte de Nuits-Villages is thoughtfully crafted and pretty accessible.
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Bill Loken Two-person teams compete during last year's Grape Stomp at Pahrump Valley Winery. The goal? To see who can squeeze the most juice during two minutes of grape mashing.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India If you want to do a little grape stomping, head to the fall harvest at this a winery in an unlikely location: the southern Nevada desert.
Indian Cabernet Shiraz Yes, grapes grow quite well in the foothills of the Spring Mountains at the Pahrump Valley Winery , a one-hour drive west of the Las Vegas Strip.
Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles was recently honored at the California Green Medal: Sustainable Winegrowing Leadership Awards. Here's a look at how Halter Ranch strives to protect the environment.
Chenin Blanc India Hop aboard a 1984 Land Rover for a three-hour excursion tour of Halter Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles— named best vineyard experience by Sunset magazine’s Travel Awards in 2015.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine) India Complimentary tours of the 20,000-square-foot wine caves beneath Halter Ranch Vineyards in Paso Robles are offered daily.
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