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One of the things we hear quite often from guests visiting the Al Lago Wines’ tasting room is that they can never experience the smells listed on the tasting notes of a wine. They will timidly ask for confirmation that they are smelling cherry, or chocolate, or some other fruity scent. So, what are you smelling in your glass of Al Lago Wine? Let's get started...
Three occurrences stand out more than others, because they are visually significant milestones to the winemaker. Since we are nearing the end of veraison and coming close to harvest once again, we thought it would be a good time to define and summarize these three points so that, in a way, you can "join" us in our current activities.
So, how important is the shape of the glass that you are pouring into? It wasn’t until I took advanced sensory analysis at Cal Poly that I truly understood and appreciated the function of wine glasses. A properly chosen wine glass does not only significantly enhance a tasting experience, it can also mitigate undesirable sensory qualities.
2018 will undoubtedly hold many special occasions for our family and yours. When you celebrate those occasions this year, I'm sure you'll pay careful attention to planning a special meal, so let me help a bit here to get this New Year off to a great start!
The Al Lago Wines' family is now just a little over the midway point of harvest. 2017 is an exciting year for us! We are pleased to introduce a few, new varietals into our blends this year. More on that in the months ahead.
Ampelography is a challenge to master, but learning the basics could make you the most popular person at your next wine-tasting party. So what is there to know and how do you get started? Let's find out!
Each new year, the work in the vineyard begins all over again in late winter or early spring while the vines are in their winter dormancy. In our existing vineyard, the vine's canes are carefully pruned in February. In early April, any replanting that needs to occur in the vineyard will occur as well.
Have you ever pulled a cork on a bottle of wine and seen what looked like broken glass glued to the bottom of the cork? Some people get freaked out about it, but the simple fact is that it's totally harmless. Others think it's sediment, but they would be incorrect as well...
It is all the natural surrounding elements of the vine that help define the wine. Each sip of Vino al Lago wine enjoyed tells a story of the Santa Rosa Valley, our vineyard, and our winemaker, Guillaume.