Author Archives: Emily Richer

About Emily Richer

Investment banker turned right banker.

Off Topic: The Cost of Lunch

One can argue that making wine is not exactly solving the world’s problems.  Thankfully, my profession is redeemed by my industrious customers who do change the world in profound ways; and they definitely deserve a great glass of wine with … Continue reading

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VERJUS, a New Favorite Ingredient

I fell in love with a new ingredient that I’d heard about, and finally tried: Verjus. Locally produced by my friend Jim Neal–a true renaissance man–verjus is fresh juice of green wine grapes (i.e., not yet ripe), harvested rich with bright natural acids. Continue reading

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Aerating Virage

People think I’m kidding (or goofy, perhaps) when I confess to my favorite “decanter.” Seriously, if you still have a regular ol’ fashioned glass coffee pot for a drip coffeemaker, or a French Press, these make the best vessel for … Continue reading

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Harvest 2012: At the Winery

Near-perfect climate produced a large–and excellent–crop throughout Napa Valley, and Virage was no exception. Here’s a couple shots of the action at the winery. Continue reading

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My job at Harvest

I overhear winemakers bragging about the number of people on their sorting teams, but I find growing and picking great fruit works for me. Here is a cluster before and after my tidying the night before harvest: Continue reading

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Harvest 2012: Cool Video!

Harvest is in full swing and we’re all brimming over with grapes. Near-perfect climate has produced a large–and excellent–crop throughout Napa Valley and Virage is no exception. I’ve been busy in the field… Check out this short video of our pick! Continue reading

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Rose’ kicks off 2012 Harvest

One day before my birthday, the 2012 Fenceline Franc was picked about 21 degrees brix, nicely aromatic and fresh. Harvest seems a little early this year, but the entire season was early so we’re tasting great flavors in the fruit.  … Continue reading

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