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The Simple Truth about Complexity in Wine

Complexity means a lot more than simply stacking up the flavors and hoping for the best.
By Margaret Rand | Posted Thursday, 23-Jul-2020

Biochar: the Vineyard's Next Big Thing

You haven't heard of biochar? You're not alone, as Alex Russan explains.
By Wine-Searcher staff | Posted Monday, 25-May-2020

Chalk: Wine's White Gold

Chalk works wonders in the vineyard, but too much can be fatal.
By Margaret Rand | Posted Sunday, 10-May-2020
The Complete Guide to Phylloxera

The Complete Guide to Phylloxera

The news of phylloxera appearing in Walla Walla prompted Tom Jarvis to learn more about the devastating grapevine pest.
Posted Friday, 13-Sep-2019
The Complete Guide to Cork Taint

The Complete Guide to Cork Taint

A run of bad luck at Wine-Searcher staff tastings prompts Tom Jarvis to delve into the stinky world of cork taint.
Posted Tuesday, 27-Aug-2019
The Complete Guide to Egg Fermentation

The Complete Guide to Egg Fermentation

Our Eggman Tom Jarvis provides some concrete – and ceramic, plastic and wooden – information on ovoid fermenters.
Posted Saturday, 29-Jun-2019
Uncovering the Magic of Old Vines

Uncovering the Magic of Old Vines

"Old vines" is, at first glance, an easy to understand selling point for wine buyers. Tom Jarvis digs deeper.
Posted Monday, 10-Jun-2019
The Dos and Don'ts of Storing Wine

The Dos and Don'ts of Storing Wine

Building a fine wine collection means dealing with expensive but fragile objects. Tom Jarvis looks at the storage options.
Posted Wednesday, 22-May-2019
The Hard Graft of Grapegrowing

The Hard Graft of Grapegrowing

Vine grafting is an essential part of the wine process, but exactly how does it work?
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Monday, 04-Mar-2019
The Complete Guide to Vin Santo – Part II

The Complete Guide to Vin Santo – Part II

Following on from our investigation earlier in the week into Vin Santo, we bring you Part II.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Friday, 21-Dec-2018
The Complete Guide to Vin Santo – Part I

The Complete Guide to Vin Santo – Part I

We explore the wonderful world of Vin Santo in detail. Stay tuned for Part II.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Tuesday, 18-Dec-2018
The Complete Guide to Carbonic Maceration

The Complete Guide to Carbonic Maceration

Have you ever wondered about carbonic maceration? Tom Jarvis is here to explain all.
Posted Tuesday, 13-Nov-2018
Hybrids, Crossings and Foxy Wines

Hybrids, Crossings and Foxy Wines

Recent user feedback prompted a discussion at Wine-Searcher regarding a range of viticultural terms.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Sunday, 23-Sep-2018
The Life Cycle of Champagne

The Life Cycle of Champagne

How do you make an older wine taste younger? Or a younger wine taste older?
By Margaret Rand | Posted Sunday, 19-Aug-2018
Searching for the Truth About Smoke Taint

Searching for the Truth About Smoke Taint

With wildfires still blazing, Tom Jarvis tells you all you need to know about the effect on grapes.
Posted Wednesday, 15-Aug-2018
What Makes Grand Cru Great

What Makes Grand Cru Great

Confused about what grand cru actually means? Tom Jarvis is here to clear it up.
Posted Saturday, 14-Jul-2018
Searching For Chocolate In Wine

Searching for Chocolate in Wine

To mark the secular aspect of Easter, Tom Jarvis picks six broad red wine options for chocoholics.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Saturday, 31-Mar-2018
The Complete Guide to Ice Wine

The Complete Guide to Ice Wine

At this time of year winemaking is usually finished, but for ice wine producers, things are just getting started.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Saturday, 02-Dec-2017
Drawing the Natural Wine Battle Lines

Drawing the Natural Wine Battle Lines

In the third of his series on low-intervention winemaking, Tom Jarvis tackles the thorny subject of natural wine.
Posted Monday, 11-Sep-2017
Organics: Trusting the Terminology

Organics: Trusting the Terminology

In part two of our series on chemical-free wines, we examine the issues around nomenclature.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Tuesday, 22-Aug-2017
Making Sense of Organic Wine

Making Sense of Organic Wine

Do you know your natural from your biodynamic? Our new series aims to clear up a muddy topic.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Wednesday, 16-Aug-2017
The Complete Guide to Botrytis

The Complete Guide to Botrytis

There are many ways of making sweet wines, but the most famous examples use a potentially deadly method.
By Tom Jarvis | Posted Friday, 14-Jul-2017
The Complete Guide to Making Champagne

The Complete Guide to Making Champagne

Making one of the world's favorite wine styles is a long and complicated process, Tom Jarvis reports.
Posted Saturday, 10-Jun-2017
The Ultimate Guide to Oak in Winemaking

The Ultimate Guide to Oak in Winemaking

It's one of the great love stories – we examine the relationship between wine and oak.
By Tom Jarvis and Wine-Searcher staff | Posted Monday, 22-May-2017
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