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Happenings at 4.0 Cellars

Carl Hudson
 
November 23, 2020 | Carl Hudson

4.0 Cellars – Carl’s Corner Thanksgiving Edition 2020

This COVID-19 Virus issue is really getting in the way of things, and now it is causing many to consider either limiting Thanksgiving holiday gatherings, or forego them altogether. That’s frustrating for me since gathering with family and friends at Thanksgiving is one of the most treasured and time-honored traditions we have in the United States of America. And, it is really my favorite holiday.  Continue »

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November 18, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Sharing Our Plenty

Six months ago, it would have been impossible to imagine the energy we’re feeling at 4.0 Cellars these days. At that time, we’d been closed down for a few weeks and were trying to find ways to open safely and according to TABC and state guidelines. We were getting creative, testing e-commerce strategies, making use of online platforms to connect with our members and customers, and generally, finding ways to stay busy.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
November 11, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Ester Aromas & Flavors in Wine

Wines can exhibit a number of wonderful aromas and flavors that result from tiny quantities of chemical compounds created in the grape growing or winemaking processes. Modern science has greatly improved our understanding of the chemical or biological processes that create these aroma and flavor compounds, and essentially all of them found in wine have been identified and categorized through advanced analytical capability. This Carl’s Corner was influenced by two informative articles (1,2) and focuses on the role that a special group of compounds, known as esters, play in both winemaking and our enjoyment of wine.  Continue »

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November 4, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Now We Really Can Rosé All Day!

My husband and I have spent many hours in the past two months poring over interior design and furniture websites. While I’m certainly no designer and my husband surely would prefer to spend his time doing many other things, lately we’ve both felt compelled to change our home environment.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
October 28, 2020 | Carl Hudson

November Wine Club Selections

It’s holiday time, again, and that, along with cooler weather, is exciting. Although Corona virus issues linger on, winery tasting rooms are more open now and visitation has significantly increased as folks just need to get out and have some sort of entertainment and social interaction. 4.0 Cellars has enjoyed a busy and exciting October, and is now preparing for the November Wine Club releases and pick-up events. These November, 2020, Wine Club pick-up events will resemble those held in September with limited attendance (reservation only) and following Social Distancing guidelines.  Continue »

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October 21, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Wining and Dining Our Way Into Fall

If you read my posts, then you know that that I prefer some of our 4.0 events over others. Basically, if an event involves dogs and/or food, then I’m all in…because wine is already assumed. Though it lacks dogs, Wine & Dine remains one of my favorites.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
October 12, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Natural vs Cultured Yeasts

Winemakers today are talking about and using natural or indigenous yeasts for fermentation of their grapes, this topic seemed appropriate for a Carl’s Corner discussion. Making wine requires yeast, and there are two sources available to the winemaker, commercially developed cultured yeasts from various supply companies, and natural, wild, or native yeasts that cling to grape and equipment surfaces, or just fly through the air in and around the vineyard and winery.  Continue »

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October 7, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Halloween Isn’t Just for Kids: Costumes, Candy, Traditions, and Wine!

Halloween was a big deal when I was growing up. Our street included several families with children, and each year, my family hosted our neighborhood Halloween party. About six families would gather in our garage to compare costumes, share snacks, and play games involving gross-feeling stuff like cold spaghetti and wet olives. And then, all the parents would send us kids out to hit up our other neighbors for candy (and let the “adult party” begin). There were LOTS of houses to hit up. Our Halloweens lasted late into the night, and always ended with a mega candy swap during which I got rid of anything containing coconut.  Continue »

Carl Hudson
 
September 30, 2020 | Carl Hudson

Corks versus Screwcaps – Does it Matter?

This update of a 2015 Carl’s Corner was prompted by a recent article by Dave Green in WineMaker Magazine, Virtual Edition, For nearly two centuries, cork has been the preferred closure for wine bottles. Cork is a natural product cut from the bark of a cork oak tree that is flexible and only a tiny bit porous. By properly shaping a cork to fit snugly inside the neck of a wine bottle, one can produce a very sturdy, long-lived stopper that is almost impervious to air intrusion. So, what is wrong with having cork closures for wine bottles, and why have screwcaps become more common and more popular?  Continue »

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September 23, 2020 | 4.0 Insider

Caution! Fun Times Ahead!

I still use a paper planner. I’ve tried using the calendar tool on my laptop and an app on my phone, but being able to flip through the pages of my planner appeals to me. I’ve kept my planners over the years and enjoy looking back through them to find notes that I jotted in them and contact information for people I met along the way. My planners are my diaries, marking how I’ve spent my time and tracking my work days and social life.  Continue »