• Cape Town, South Africa — A Natural Beauty

    … driving south from Cape Town down the Cape Peninsula. We followed the Atlantic Ocean side of the peninsula before turning inland and down to Cape Point. The drive inland took us through large areas of native vegetation called fynbos. It’s a diverse combination of over 9000 species of plants unique to the Cape Floral Kingdom, which stretches from…

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  • Early Harvest For 2014

    … the same family. “Clone 115 could be a violin, clone 114 a viola, for example.” The variations on this are driven by where these clones were planted. Different soils will lend themselves to tasting differently. Greg says that it’s a matter of tonality. Think of an instrument and how it can sound different, depending on how it’s played. • Ripeness…

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  • Victoria Falls: The Smoke That Thunders

    … bridge. The engineering and construction of the bridge is a fascinating story and is detailed in this excellent history. Today the bridge contains one railway track and a tar road wide enough for one vehicle. Train traffic is infrequent, except for the historical tourist service, and only one vehicle may pass across the bridge at a time. It is also…

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  • Clos Montmartre – A Vineyard In Paris

    … Every time I go back to France to visit my family, I always spend a few days in the “city of light”. But Paris is so much more than just its colloquial reference. It’s the music in the streets, the monuments, the museums, the cabarets, the farmers markets that go for miles, the people and of course my favorite, the quintessential Parisian “bistro…

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  • Winemaker’s Madeleine

    … Woke up to a crisp morning after rain yesterday. The smell of Autumn is in the air. Smells at the winery are reaching their seasonal end also. Thursday I pressed off my last wine lot of the 2014 vintage, the Cabernet I’m making with Marcel that we macerated for 37 days. Completing the work of harvest usually provokes me to reflection…

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  • Attack of the 50-Foot Chianti Bottle

    …. The crushing weight of reality floods every sense, as I slam on the brakes, jump out of the driver's side, and lay on the ground with my hands behind my head. In my current condition, there is no reasonable defense. As I feel the cold steel of handcuffs clasp around my wrists- muffled echos of conversation and Miranda Rights distantly echoing at the edges…

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