Winemaker News

Oregon Pinot – Thoughts from a French Winemaker

I have always had a soft spot for Burgundy. Growing up in Lyon, we always drank Burgundies on special occasions. My first winery job as a teen was in Burgundy. It is this summer job, in the village of Mercurey in the heart of the Cote Chalonnaise, that gave me the desire to work in […]

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2016 – A New Ice Wine Harvest

  That is it! Our latest ice wine grapes were picked on December 16th, 2016 under a beautiful winter sun – oh and a little snow on the ground and a brisk 8°F outside – brrr. The conditions were perfect even though the crop was small – probably no more than 2,500 bottles for this […]

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The Road to Claim the Title: Master of Wine

  I don’t typically write personal story blogs often, okay never, but it seems that many people have been somewhat interested in the Master of Wine certification journey I have been on since 2013. So here is a comprehensive post describing what the Institute of Master of Wine is all about, what it takes to […]

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Eufloria: An Introduction

At Pacific Rim we love Riesling. We love this varietal so much that we make 12 different styles of this wondrous grape! Each version is a pure varietal Riesling expressing different facets of the grape mainly playing on the building blocks of Riesling: alcohol, sugar and acidity as well as location and concentration methods (ice […]

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Residual sugar in wine – Ice Wine and Free-Spirit “Noble” Rieslings

There are several ways to produce sweet wines and the method of production impacts greatly the quality and the cost of the production. The two classic production methods to attain a high level of residual sugar include sweetening and arresting fermentation (leaving unfermented residual sugar). Sweetening is the least expensive and the least qualitative. The […]

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How to decide when it is time to harvest after a warm vintage

Picking at the right time is one of the most important winemaking decisions. The final quality of a wine can often be directly linked to the picking decision. For example an early picked Riesling will have flavors of green apple with low potential alcohol and high acidity, which is often perfect for a sparkling wine […]

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