Climate Change | Fall 2019

When the first murmurs of global warming began to surface decades ago, my reaction was that this could be a good thing for Linden as our Cabernet Sauvignon struggled to ripen and a bit more heat would help. However, I was not aware of the associated weather extremes of a warming atmosphere.

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A Mentor Passes | Summer 2019

Professor Gérard Seguin of Bordeaux passed away this April. His writings guided some of my most important decisions in my quest for terroir expression at Hardscrabble.

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Soil, Slope and Water | April 2018

Many Virginia wineries are now consistently making polished, complex and structured reds wines. “Bordeaux” blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and/or Petit Verdot have become standard bearers. The learning curve has been long and is still steep.

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Old Vines | September 2017

In the 1980s, viticulture discovery travels took me to Napa and Sonoma. Growers there found it amusing that someone would even consider growing grapes on the East Coast.

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A Case For Single Vineyard Wines | December 2014

This article takes a business perspective of the Virginia wine industry: a lack of a strong, consistent supply of Virginia grapes. I’ve heard grumblings from both sides of the equation. Growers aren’t getting paid enough to support their business. Wineries can’t find enough grapes.

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The Vintner’s Year | October 2013

We entered October in harvest overdrive. The good weather fortunes of September continued into the first week of October. Harvest was in full swing. Warm sunny days were quickly ripening many different grape varieties. There was a cascade of grapes...

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