I bet I’m not the only one who comes running if someone so much as whispers “French Wine and Cheese”!
You could simply say brie, but you’d have me doing a 400 yard dash for
- “Camembert” — a cow’s milk from Normandy
- or “Emmental” — a cow’s milk from Savoie
- or “Brillat-Savarin” — a cow’s milk from Burgundy
- or “Roquefort” — a sheep’s milk from the Pyrenees
- or “Delice” — a cow’s milk from Burgundy
- or “St Augur” — a cow’s milk from Auvergne
- or Crottin de Chavignol — a goat’s milk or chèvre
- or “Morbier” or “Mimolette” or …
- so many cheeses, so little time!
Major AOC cheeses: the size of the symbol equates to the size of production (from Wikipedia)
Do you know that wine is grown and made commercially in every state in the union? Many of these wineries are small and local, and some rely on grape juice that’s shipped in from more prolific areas, like California.
Throughout the Unites States, farmers are converting their pastures, fields, and orchards into vineyards — and growing grapes in some unexpected places. Continue reading
As the days get longer and sunnier in the northern hemisphere here, it’s time to think about wines for summer. We’ve got three suggestions for you from South Africa — where it is actually winter there!
And because #RoseDay is TODAY, June 8, two of our summer suggestions are — you guessed it — ROSE!
And because #CheninBlancDay is June 15, we have a Chenin blanc!
The previous time we focused on South African wine was in August of 2016 we learned the cuisine focuses on: Continue reading
With the Rosé Revolution still going strong after five years, you can find great rosé just about anywhere you look, and clearly the fascination with rosé is not temporary! (Note: this is an extended version of my rosé article published in the June 6, 2019 print and online editions of the VC Reporter about three local rosé ).
As rosé finds a permanent place in people’s palates Continue reading
Ventura’s Arroyo Verde Park 31 May Gray 2019
Today is the last day of May Gray here in the city of Ventura in Southern California, one county north of LA and one county south of Santa Barbara.
After May Gray, we have June Gloom, followed by No Sky July and then Fogust.
I’m not a fan.
Like a wine grape, I need daily sunshine. I need hot days and cold nights — aka an extreme diurnal shift.
Let me soak in the sun, and cool off under the stars and the moon. Continue reading
“Biodynamic® agriculture is a philosophy and methodology that views a farm as a self-sustaining ecosystem entirely responsible for creating and maintaining its individual health and vitality without any external and unnatural additions. It is one of the most sustainable forms of agriculture, creating healthier food for healthier people and a healthier planet.”
This is how Demeter defines biodynamics, and this is how Rudy Marchesi and Montinore has practiced their farming since before 2002 when they were first certified. Today, Rudy Marchesi and Montinore are definitive leaders in biodynamic practices in the wine industry Continue reading