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2 Reasons to Decant Your Wine

by David on November 29, 2010

Most of the time when you decant, it’s for red wine but there’s nothing wrong with decanting white. Reason #1: Because the wine is young. If you splash it into a decanter or pitcher for an hour or so before serving it will make it more expressive – the wine “opens up” and starts talking! […]


Goosecross: Pumping Over the Cap

by David on November 5, 2009

We continue with winemaking at Goosecross Cellars in the Napa Valley, two minutes at at time. The “cap” has risen, we’ve added the yeast, and now it’s time to begin “pump overs”. The cap refers to the layer of skins that rise to the top during red-wine fermentation. Enjoy! More videos Subscribe  


2006 Napa Valley AmerItal Red

by David on October 19, 2009

Sleek, silky and food friendly – what more do you need? But what the heck is it? The “Ital” part is the grape varieties – in this case an unconventional, but delicious blend of Tuscany’s earthy Sangiovese and Piemonte’s fruit-driven Barbera. These low tannin, high acid varieties account for the above descriptors – the wine […]

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Q: Which Wines need to Breathe?

by David on June 9, 2008

Question from Jack: Which wines need to breathe? Reply: Hi, Jack! Thanks for writing! I suppose any well-made wine can benefit from getting a little air before serving, except sparkling wine and very old wine, but young reds seem to benefit the most. I’m going to suggest that you go a step beyond pulling the cork […]