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What is ripeness?

Everyone knows that when you have 5 winemakers in a room you’ll have around 7 different opinions on any given topic. Ripeness is one of those topics that bring up more discussion than most because the decision when to pick is one of the most important, if not THE most important, decisions that a winemaker will make during the vintage. I’m sure you’ve heard several terms thrown around to describe ripeness.

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How many essays are too many???

Back in October of 2009 I decided that a good way to study would be to write essays (or at least good outlines) for every exam question asked on the theory paper for the last 10 years. The logic being that there was very little chance that the majority of the MW theory exam would be made up of questions from different topics than have been covered over that time span and I would have prepared at least one or more ways to answer them by the time I sat the exam.

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Vinitaly and Verona

I was recently invited on a supplier trip to go to Italy and France to visit their production sites as well as local wineries. One of the main highlights of the trip was a visit to Vinitaly, an Italian focused trade show highlighting the wines from all over Italy. I came armed with a half empty tasting journal, two notepads, and my favorite pen plus ink refills in order to capture the day in tasting notes.

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The QA/QC Quandary!

QA/QC is something that most consumers don’t ever think about unless something is wrong with their wine. It is our jobs as producers to make sure that our QA/QC standards are not something that ever crosses their minds. They have a right to expect the perfect product every time.

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Bud Break 2010

Over the weekend in Alexander Valley we reached an important milestone in the growing season…Bud break. Now all through my drive to and from the winery you can see the beginnings of little green shoots all over the cordons that have been barren these last few months.

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New thoughts on oak adjuncts…

Now I like barrels just as much as the next winemaker. There are, however, several glaring issues with them the first of which is their cost. Second, they are extremely inefficient to organize and track when used in large numbers (say over 10,000 barrels or more in my case). Thirdly when employing this many barrels one is typically breaking down larger lots of wine into 60 gallon containers…

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Getting started…

I’m excited, relieved, and nervous all at the same time. At this point my life has become consumed by the desire to finish this program. I’ve put everything else in life on hold.

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About Nova Cadamatre

Nova Cadamatre has become one of the most versatile and experienced winemakers in the industry. She holds a Bachelors from Cornell University in Viticulture.  In 2017 she achieved the title of Master of Wine and was the first female winemaker in the US to do so. 

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