April 12, 2024

Episode #262–How Winemakers are Surviving Drought Conditions Across America

Drunken Diva Crackers made from Chardonnay Grape Seed Flour
Drunken Diva Crackers made from Chardonnay Grape Seed Flour
Bless Your Heart Bakery's Rosemary Hawthorne
Bless Your Heart Bakery’s Rosemary Hawthorne

This week, Grape Encounters host David Wilson has discovered a tasty, healthy cracker called the Drunken Diva. It’s made from grape seed flour that is a byproduct of Chardonnay grape seeds. Rosemary Hawthorne of Bless Your Heart Bakery talks about the gluten-free, low-glycemic and addictively delish treat. She also talks about things you may want to put IN your wine to enhance the flavor.

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Fritz Westover, Technical Program Manager, Vineyard Team
Fritz Westover, Technical Program Manager, Vineyard Team

Then, we turn our focus to the growing concerns over the impact of drought conditions that are affecting approximately half the states, not the least of which is California where 90-percent of all wine made in the United States is produced. How are growers and winemakers responding and getting the most out of limited H2O? Learn about key programs underway to wisely manage water resources from Fritz Westover, viticulturist and technical program manager at the Vineyard Team organization.

Wine.com Chief Storyteller Wilfred Wong
Wine.com Chief Storyteller Wilfred Wong

And, Merlot has had a tough go since the movie Sideways came out years ago. But, this week, David delves into this variety with Wine.com’s chief storyteller and Grape Encounters contributor Wilfred Wong.

 

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