Category Archives: Vincabulary

Vincabulary – Tannic structure

Tannin is a natural substance that comes from the skins, seeds and barrels.  Sometimes referred to as astringency, it is the puckering, dryness at the finish of many (especially red) wines.  A well balanced tannic structure features good acid along … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Vineyard Cycles

“Grapevines are deciduous plants. In late autumn, triggered by short days, petioles detach from the shoot and leaf drop occurs. The vines can no longer manufacture carbohydrates through the process of photosynthesis and are storing carbohydrates in the form of … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Cane/Cordon Pruning

Some might think the vineyard, like the vines are dormant in the winter months; the fact is the second most labor intensive time in the vineyard is winter pruning.  There are two main types of pruning Cane and Cordon. Linden … Continue reading

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Vin-cab-u-lary Racking

Racking is an essential part to making any sound wine. It is a process that, on average, should be performed 2 to 4 times throughout the winemaking process. Doing so in a timely manner will aid in the clarification of … Continue reading

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VINCABULARY – Charmat Method

There are a number of ways to create a sparkling wine.  The enclosed Barboursville Brut is made in the Charmat or Metodo Italiano method. Used widely in Italy, the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in stainless steel tanks rather … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Bâtonnage

Bâtonnage is the French term for stirring the settled lees (expended yeast) back into the wine. Bâtonnage, or lees stirring redistributes polysaccharides and mannoproteins of dead cells into the wine mass and, in the case of barrel aging, re-exposes the … Continue reading

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Vincabulary – Maceration

  Official definition from Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine: Maceration is an ancient word for steeping a material in liquid with or without a kneading action to separate the softened parts of the material from the harder ones. … Continue reading

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