Bill Pauli attributes the early ripening to a few factors: the crop is lighter than normal, so it ripens earlier. When the shoots first started developing in April, the weather was unusually warm, which caused earlier bud break
A weather pattern change had to happen sometime, and that sometime is now. Rain is not always welcome in western Washington, but I suspect that it will be this weekend. After a long dry spell, folks west of the Cascades can expect pennies from heaven on Saturday, and lots of them.
Nothing in life is a coincidence. I couldn't help but think of the power of fate on Monday, August 24, when thirty guests turned out to celebrate Winemaker Rob Davis's 40th harvest at Jordan Winery. Three months in the making, the entire event was a surprise that involved juggling dates and schedules of friends and colleagues who have known Rob for many decades of his wine career-baseball legends, barrel makers, cork suppliers, journalists, sommeliers, friends, his family and fellow winemakers.
The crowd, a lively, predominantly under-35 mix, enjoyed hanging out with wine/beer/spirit-sipping friends, occasionally singing along to the DJ mix of piped-in '70s and '80s tunes and chatting with, or listening rapturously to, some of the best chefs in Chicago and beyond
Wine drinking is on the rise nationally, and its growing popularity is taking root in Ohio, according Donniella Winchell, executive director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association. There now are 233 wineries in Ohio, up from 124 in 2008.
Some neighbors rig lines from house to house to share water from the remaining wells deep enough to hit the emptying aquifer below. Others benefit from state drought relief that pays for trucked-in water to fill 2,500-gallon tanks in their yards, and boxes of drinking water that get stacked in bedrooms and living rooms
Put down the cotton candy vodka, the pink lemonade rum and the coconut tequila. If you want a liquor that actually tastes like a spicy stick of cinnamon, a vodka that resembles a crisp cucumber or a brandy that tastes of the wine it was made from, look to Paso Robles
Members of a mostly African American book club kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train plan to seek up to $5 million for the "malicious oppression" they suffered, a lawyer hired to represent the 11 women said Friday
In a different climate - in more than one meaning of the word - Napa Valley might be better known for Zinfandel than Cabernet Sauvignon. - See more at: http://www.lepanmedia.com/zinfandel-napa-valleys-unsung-varietal/#sthash.XFYJyODl.dpuf
Press coverage does seem to come with a subtext that winemaking should be as it was in the 1930s, free of technical intervention - See more at: http://www.lepanmedia.com/debate-are-manipulated-wines-unnatural/#sthash.LTvBpRsh.dpuf
I blame the Fat Jew. Because everyone is blaming him for something these days, right? But, honestly, when I see shot after shot of him swilling and shilling his line of White Girl Rosé, it's hard not to think, "Hmm, maybe I should order something other than rosé this summer."