Archaeology and Old Wine

Without wishing to blow my own trumpet, can I take this opportunity to publicize a small event that I am presenting in November. Since prehistoric times, wine has been an important agricultural product. The history of wine, revealed by archaeology, gives a fascinating...

Smoke and Wine

Maybe the first thought you had on reading this post was Hank Williams and “little bit of smoke an’ a whole lotta wine”. But no, this is more serious. Fruit can be affected by smoke. A few years ago, I attended a course at Smokey Jo’s on how and what to smoke....

Doctor Norton, I presume

Norton is one of the grape varieties grown at Cavender Creek. Whilst this grape is grown widely in North America (in the Mid-West and East of USA), it is almost unknown elsewhere.  In the opinion of European wine regulators, Norton is not a “real” wine grape, which...

Frankenwine

My recent blog about blue wines which have been “improved” by the addition of artificial sweeteners and dyes shows my feelings about such heresy. Now I hear of two new ventures into artificial wine, and I am not happy about these either. Local wines labelled as...

The Coming Harvest

In the vineyards at Cavender Creek and other sites across North Georgia, Véraison is nearly complete.  This is the time when the grapes slowly turn from green through yellow and red to purple as they ripen.  Irrespective of the color of the wine they create, almost...