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Jul 23, 2018

Blends are growing in popularity and this week we have the master of blends that are made in the vineyard: Bill Nachbur of ACORN Winery in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, CA. If you are curious about old-school viticulture, this is a must-listen.

Here are some of the topics we address:

  • Bill tells us about field blends and the difference between a field blend and a blended wine
  • We discuss the costs and benefits of field blends? 
  • We talk about why ACORN does field blends, even though monoculture is the modern way and how he has sustained the practice through the years
  • ACORN farms sustainably. We talk about the environmental/vineyard benefits of field blends
  • We chat about the effect of field blends on flavor of finished wine and how it affects winemaking decisions? 
  • I ask Bill if it's possible to NOT be a farmer (just a winemaker) and still make a successful field blend...
  • And we tackle some exciting news: ACORN will soon have a white wine!! We talk about the genesis of field of blended grapes and how challenging it can be! 

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