Ask a Winemaker

From Matt, April 18th, 2016

From the Ask a Winemaker YouTube channel, John talks about wine, winemaking, and what it all means:

You can simply hit play and watch the series dramatically unfold before your eyes, or click the playlist button upper left in the movie frame and navigate directly to the topic that intrigues you most. Here’s the series:

  • Dijon clones are a bad joke perpetrated on the Oregon wine industry (3:17)
  • What is Natural Wine? John Paul of Cameron weighs in (1:37)
  • What is Chaptalization? Why is it needed in winemaking? Part 1 of 2 (3:25)
  • When do you Chaptalize? Part 2 of 2 (2:04)
  • Native Yeast in Winemaking: John Paul of Cameron Winery (2:48)
  • W├Ądenswil and Pommard Clones at Cameron Winery, Oregon (2:17)
  • The soils of the Willamette Valley: John Paul of Cameron (1:49)
  • Pinot Noir: “I can’t imagine anyone not being intrigued by that grape” (1:16)
  • Wine Education 101: John Paul on Nebbiolo (1:50)
  • Wine Education 101: John Paul describes Chardonnay (2:06)
  • Wine Barrel Selection at Cameron Winery, Oregon (1:52)
  • The Cameron Funk! (2:29)
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