Veraision on the Clos des Amis Pinot Noir, South Mountain Vineyard, Santa Paula, CA; photo by Gwendolyn Alley
I’m in Tanzania with The Roof of Africa Adventures preparing to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, go on safari, visit a coffee plantation, and maybe even stop by a vineyard and tastes some wines. I might even attend the “International Conference on Energy, Aquatech and Sustainability” organized by The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology which is happening in Arusha, where I have been staying, Monday August 12.
I may be on vacation, but back home in southern California, it’s full speed ahead toward harvest as grapes go through VERAISION.
Yep, just like everyone else, summertime is sun time, and sun time means getting some color on your skin!
While June’s vineyard report and vocabulary word was ETIOLATION — and something you DON’T want happening in your vineyard, you DO want verasion because this is the word that signifies that the grapes are turning from GREEN to RED and they are ripening up!
That’s right– all red wines start out looking like green grapes.
How is it that Sue and I came in second place in the US Wine Tasting Open Championships sponsored by Wine Acuity?
I suspect it is tastings like this one where we compared four cabernet franc, two from France (one I wrote about here for #Winophiles) and two from California.
Cabernet Franc as a varietal speaks loud and clear to both Sue and I Continue reading
On Bastille Day, July 14, Sue Hill and I competed in a battle of palates in the US Open Wine Tasting Championship. Much to our surprise, we won second place and the opportunity to travel and compete in the World Championships which this year will be held in the Loire (more here). As you can imagine, we are VERY excited! While the Championships take place on Oct 12 , we are a planning on spending almost two weeks in France, with at least several days exploring the Loire and staying near the Château de Chambord where the World Wine Tasting Championships are slated to take place.
Known as the heart of France and as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Loire Valley provides visitors experiences rich in culture and history, natural beauty, magnificent châteaux, great wine.
The Loire Valley is France’s third largest wine-producing region: Continue reading
that moment when we found out we’d won second place and be going to France to compete in the World Wine Tasting Championships … photo by Heber Pelayo
We can hardly believe it. We beat out three members of last year’s winning team, and we came close to scoring enough points to be in first place.
It wasn’t easy, but we never felt pressured or overwhelmed.
How did we do it? Continue reading
With July 4 past, we’re solidly in summer BBQ season.
First off, let’s get something straight: there’s a difference between BBQ and grilling.