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The Green Economy: Green Wine
Part of the Series: The Green Economy
Organic wine making is big business in California. We take a look at Frie Family Winery in Napa County where organic wine making was practically invented. Then we take a look at how this trend is moving north to Oregon where varietals like Pinot Noir are becoming the organic cash…
Monks of Vina - The Monks of Abbey of New Clairvaux, California
Many vintages ago, in the 11th and 12th centuries, monks were considered the premier winemakers in the world. From the Burgundy and Loire valleys of France to the Rheingau region of Germany, monks developed an early understanding of terroir, pioneering advancements in trellising, irrigation and the magic bubbles of champagne.…
South Africa 5: Cape Wine Estates
South Africa's wine making legacy dates back over 300 years and today Cape Winelands is the largest wine producing region in the Western Cape of the country. Our tour of this spectacular area begins at the historic Grande Roche Hotel, which was founded in 1717, and after fastidious restoration in…
A Year In Burgundy - A Year in the Life of 7 Wine-Making Families
Awarded "5 Stars!" by the Financial Times, this film follows seven wine-making families in the Burgundy region of France through the course of a full year, and delves into the cultural and creative process of making wine, as well as its deep ties to the land. What lies within the…
U.S. Regions: California
California produces 90% of America's wine and is the fourth-largest producer of wine in the world. Travel through the state's rich wine regions: including Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, and Santa Barbara: and explore its grape varieties, including the predominant Zinfandel.
Wine has been made in the Western Cape region of South Africa for over 300 years. At first, slaves and indigenous Khoisan worked the vineyards owned by white European settlers. Classified as "Coloureds," the descendants of these laborers have continued to work these vineyards for generations. Until recently, they could…
What to Drink with Dessert
Sauternes; Tokaji; Ice Wine; Vin Santo: wines go great either with or as dessert. Survey the range of dessert wines, paying particular attention to three ways these wines can be produced: the process of noble rot, the harvesting of frozen grapes, and the drying of grapes.
Wines of Northern Italy
Welcome to Italy, home to over 1,000 grape varieties. You sample a Barolo and Amarone (two pillars of Italian wine), a Pinot Grigio (the quintessential crowd-pleasing white wine), and other northern Italian wines.
The Whites: Riesling to Chardonnay
In the first episode on the Noble grape varieties (used in those wines you see most often), focus on the most captivating varieties of white wine: Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. As you explore each wine's unique characteristics, you'll strengthen your ability to compare it with other wines and grape…
The Harvest
Part of the Series: Spirit of America Series
America is a nation blessed with fields and orchards that, thanks to the attentive gardening and farming efforts of many, yield their bounty each year. In this program we visit various communities to celebrate a variety of harvests. One of the most popular foods to eat during the summer months…
Grapes Of Death
The polluted wine produced for a village's annual Grape Harvest Festival has left all but a few rabid with some chemically- engendered form of zombiism. They may saunter about like sleepwalkers, but these are not the zombies of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968); they are, rather,…
Wine Women and Friends
Many of us share the fantasy of moving to a lovely village in the South of France, to find a vineyard, create wonderful wines, to sell it and share it with all our friends. Carole LeBlanc and Jo Befort, an engaging lesbian couple, have done just that. Carole and Jo…