Spring this year has been propitious. I could have used superlatives like “awesome” or “unbelievable” but I am a bit averse to superlatives, and “propitious” is a little more precise meaning that spring is favorable, indicating a good outcome, but not let’s go overboard.
As you know, I always like to start my newsletters with something poetic: the Bard or Keats or something of that ilk. This morning, I wanted to find a poem about winter and all I could remember were bits and pieces of a poem I vaguely recollected in which a recurring line was, “and greasy […]
What could be a better way to start the Autumn Newsletter than by showing a water-color rendering of our very own vineyard painted by my truly beautiful and talented wife, Patricia? Or should it be by my, truly talented and beautiful wife? Either way… it sounds good. And if you have been following our newsletters, Autumn […]
The Red Wines of Alentejo As I outlined in part one of the blog The Alentejo is a vast area of Portugal that is relatively uninhabited except for vineyards, olive groves and cork-bearing oak trees. Within this vast area there are 29,000 hectares of vineyards – an area almost as large as the whole of […]
As autumn sets in, it occurred to me that almost a year ago today, Patricia and I went on one of the very best educational wine tours we have ever experienced. We have taken many exciting trips around the world, but this trip to Portugal with our friend, Richard Hewitt who owns Vino Tours, was perhaps one of favorites.
It is almost as hard to get things done in summer as it is during the Christmas holidays. In France, the French admit it and everyone goes on vacation. The whole country nearly shuts down, and if you want the best of Paris do not go during August – everyone’s at Cote D’Azur.
And so it is with grape growing, we are simply waiting in the sultry, sweaty sun for the grapes to ripen – the summertime blues for which, as you remember from Eddie Cochran, there is no cure. Then again, you can think of summer as a time when the living is easy, when the fish are jumping, and the cotton is high if you are Porgy from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Today, I share with you the story of our 2015 Viognier – a story, which began just about one year ago this month. It was April 13th, 2015 when the Viognier vines came out of hibernation and the buds sprang alive. Each year we expect bud break around the 15th of the month, so they were […]