Inert Gas 101

What is an inert gas? How and why are inert gases used in winemaking? An inert gas is any gas that does not tend to chemically interact with other things. The main use of inert gas in the wine industry is to take up the space...

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Topping and a Bulldog

​Over time, all barrels lose a small percentage of their contents to the atmosphere. We call this the “angel’s share.” Air will eventually seep into the resulting space inside the barrel. This puts the wine at risk of spoilage either from the air itself or...

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The Year of Epoch Blogging!

Just like the majority of the walking, talking population of the U.S., Epoch Estate Wines makes New Year’s Resolutions.  Perhaps ours don’t involve eating less carbs or hitting the gym three times a week, but we certainly make note of areas where we excel and...

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Wine Spectator’s New World Wine Experience

Here is a video of me (Jordan) talking on an all women all Rhone winemaking panel at Wine Spectator's New World Wine Experience this October.  I felt extremely honored and lucky to have been asked to present Epoch's 2009 Veracity in front of wine aficionados...

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What happens after the cork is pulled – Epoch Moments

Most all wineries have a website and, in general, they all kind of look and feel the same.  They introduce the vintners, the winemaker, the vineyards, the wines and inform you of what wines are for sale, what people are saying, winemaking philosophy, etc.  What...

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In a New York State of Wine

"The Judgement of Paris" is the title of a 1976 book (loosely adapted into the movie, "Bottle Shock") about the stunning triumph of California's Napa Valley wines over the vaunted French First Growths. Many believe this event launched Napa Valley into the ranks of world...

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