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Mastering Merlot by Charles Williams, Winemaker If one takes a closer look at the cultivar Merlot, it is easy to see why it has such a big "Love me or hate me" following around the world. Merlot is a cultivar that is easily cultivated, has a medium to

Cover Crops By Charles Williams (Winemaker) As winegrowers we are very dependent on nature for our livelihood. The observation and study of nature never fails to amaze, breeding a thorough respect and love for these biological systems. As custodians of the ground, we need to apply integrated, biological

Barrels & Wine Part I By Charles Williams (Winemaker) Barrels play an instrumental (although supporting role) in crafting complex, well rounded and integrated wines. First and foremost, it is important to remember that great wine is made from beautiful grapes, and that the final product should reflect