Author: alex sanchez

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#SommNextDoor: Sustainable, Biodynamic, Organic

This week’s question via email from Brandon in Vacaville, CA What’s the difference between sustainable, biodynamic, and organic wine growing? Organic is a term legally regulated by the USDA. Organic wines must be made with...

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#SommNextDoor: Oak

This week’s question from Laura in Tuscon, Arizona Why is wine aged in oak barrels? Traditionally, oak was used for wine storage because it’s sturdy and easy to shape, waterproof, and transports well. The...

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#SommNextDoor: Native, Wild, Natural

This week’s question via email from Ted in Sonoma, CA I’m hearing more about “natural” wines and the wild yeasts used, can you explain what this means and its affect on the wine? Traditional...

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#SommNextDoor: Terroir

This week’s question comes via email from Aaron in San Jose, CA. What is terroir? Not to be confused with terror or terrier dogs, the term “terroir” is something special in its own right....

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