Vineyards

    Harvest 2014, Week 3 – To Kalon I Block

    …I was walking vineyards this morning but it was a little like walking into a time machine. Instead of highly manicured, neat rows, I was trudging through a jungle-like atmosphere. The vines surrounding me are grisly and ancient with long twisting arms swirling like frozen maelstroms. The fruit is hidden beneath umbrella-like canopies, some green, […]…

    By Nova Cadamatre

    A Texas Winemaker with a New Mission and Wine: Brock Estes, DANK, Johnny Rojo, a starter wine without training wheels!

    … under Dan McLaughlin – also a Mason County winegrower at Robert Clay Vineyards). Adam is at his amazing Spiller Mine location and Lex a little bit West of Adam.  All in Fly Gap Territory.  We might plant at some other relatives sites too, just don’t know.  It’s time to plant, plant, plant, and use what our ancestors left us…good grape growing land!  That is our greatest asset. – — – — – Read more on Fly Gap Winery by Robin English-Bircher at: http://www.texaswineandtrail.com/building-dream-look-fly-gap-winery/ …

    2 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Wonderful Winderlea!

    … the 2012 Pinot Gris and the 2012 Zenith Vineyard Pinot Noir. Upon arrival at Winderlea, we were greeted by Reid Oliver and a glass of 2013 Rosé of Pinot Noir.  Goat cheese appetizers were passed while we enjoyed the expansive views of the vineyards and surrounding hills – so beautiful!  Soon we were seated for lunch and had the pleasure of Reid’s…

    5 readers - By Pursuing Pinot

    My Cup O’ Texas Chardonnay from Robert Clay Vineyards

    … Dan McLaughlin at Robert Clay Vineyards My Cup O’ Texas Chardonnay from Robert Clay Vineyards It was in the dead of winter when I met Dan McLaughlin for the first time at Sandstone Cellars in Mason, Texas. I had seen a Facebook posting or two from his Robert Clay Vineyards, but not much more. That evening was spent mainly watching Texas…

    11 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Divine (and Gold Medal Winning) Wines of Eden Hill Vineyard

    … Label Art from Eden Hill 2013 Divine White Divine (and Gold Medal Winning) Wines of Eden Hill Vineyard Every now and then, I taste a wine and makes me realize why I spend so much time tasting Texas wines. In this case, there were two: Eden Hill Vineyard 2013 Roussanne (Oswald Vineyard) and their 2013 Divine White. Both wines are well made…

    10 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit

    … Perissos Vineyards and Winery: Harvest Visit It was back in 2010 when I first trekked out to Perissos Vineyards (in the Texas hill country near Burnet, TX) to visit Seth Martin, then a new face on the Texas hill country wine trail, not knowing much more than he worked with Roussanne. Then, sight unseen as to my winemaking skills (which were…

    11 readers - By Vintage Texas Blog

    Sass Winery

    … enthusiastically told me that he would be disappointed if we didn’t!  After our visit to Willamette Valley Vineyard, we made the short trip west and found the sign for Sass Winery. Jerry met us and gave us a short tour that included some history of the land that used to be a grass seed farm.  There are two separate vineyards, Wild Winds and Walnut…

    1 readers - By Pursuing Pinot

    Willamette Valley Vineyard

    … Back to beautiful Oregon for the third time in four years – it is starting to feel like coming home.  My friend Carrie, who recently relocated to Portland, and I headed south on July 17 for two days in Willamette Valley.  Our first stop was Willamette Valley Vineyards for a private tour and tasting.  We loved the comments written in chalk…

    7 readers - By Pursuing Pinot

    Social media is a very effective marketing tool + Lodi + Oak Farm Vineyards

    … to Lodi's amazing growth, since that song was written by Creedence Clear Water Revival. One can not "recall" a song - as in "bring it in and fix it" - but if one could, this is "the" one. Lodi is now lovely, lush with vineyards, and has splendid accommodations and food to match the wines. Getting out to wine taste is an adventure. We stayed…

    22 readers - By Wine Blog

    “Que Syrah” and Ballard Canyon

    … On the second full day of the conference, I selected a session on the terroir of Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County boasts one of the most diverse climates and largest number of grape varietals grown anywhere in the world.  The region is home to a topographic feature not found anywhere else in the contiguous U.S., a pair of mountain ranges…

    3 readers - By Pursuing Pinot

    jean montanet la soeur cadette vézelay

    … Despite my enthusiasm for the Yonne town of Vézelay, I had, until a few weeks ago, still yet to pay a visit to La Soeur Cadette and Jean Montanet, the area's lone excellent winemaker. He just never seemed to be home when I was in town. After two stays in Saint-Père on separate bikes trip last summer, it had become a source of mild…

    5 readers - By not drinking poison in paris

    #SpainLove: Gloria Ferrer’s 22nd Annual Catalan Festival 07/19/14 & 07/20/2014

    … 22nd Annual Catalan Festival, happening this weekend in Sonoma, CA! Photo courtesy: Gloria Ferrer Vineyards & Caves  Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards (WL, FB, Tw, YT), owned by the Ferrer family of tremendous Freixenet (WL, FB, Tw, P) Cava fame, is the first sparkling wine house in Carneros-Sonoma, as well as the first Catalan Cava house…

    5 readers - By Vinopanion

    Talk Wine with Me: Rebecca Pittock-Shouldis of Ghost Hill Cellars

    … In this on-going interview series, I will introduce you to a different Oregon winemaker in the hopes that as you learn more about them, you'll also be interested in learning more about their wines. You might discover how and why they came to make wine, you may gain a better understanding of their palate and how it influences the wines they craft…

    By Sip With Me!

    Talk Wine with Me: Jason Brumley of Xylem Wines

    … stories and each bottle of wine that we make tells a story of vineyard, varietal, and vintage if you listen to it. Q. What is your harvest kickoff soundtrack? A. I'm a Grateful Dead fan and my best friend and business partner in the vineyard and winery, Forrest Schaad, and I began a little project a few years ago of listening to every live Grateful…

    1 readers - By Sip With Me!

    Wine Tasting in the Santa Cruz Mountains Part 2

    …. Our wine taster was lovely, as was being surrounded by their many barrels of wine. It’s a welcoming spot and easily accessed, though you forgo the gorgeous views that the mountains offer, of course. I didn’t find any wines to my palate there, so we trudged on. Who am I kidding? We’d trudge on regardless. Stop #2 was Silvertip Vineyards…

    15 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell