In 2006, the Port of Walla Walla in Washington State constructed buildings to serve as space for new start-up wineries. Inside the five whimsical-colored buildings, that resemble a village out of “The Simpsons” cartoon, are winemakers with an entrepreneurial spirit and the dream of someday flying away from the incubators to be on their own.
Idaho isn't just for potatoes anymore. With 48 wineries, 34 located in the AVA, Idaho is finally generating buzz from vine to glass.
All went well for grape-growing through spring and summer in Missouri, but uncooperative weather in September and October threw the state a curve, and while the whites and some of the red grapes came through swimmingly, the state's most highly regarded grape, Norton, was so slow to ripen that some were still hanging on the vines in late October.
I hope this overview has given you an idea of what's actually going on in wine during malolactic fermentation, why it's used, and how the wine world would be very different without the contributions of these heroic little bacteria.