Sat, 24 January 2015
For Australia Day, we revisit this amazing continent and one of its finest wine gems -- Margaret River. As Australia emerges from its post-critter wine era, the country is in need of a reset. If ever there was a region to rejigger people's perception of Aussie wine, this is it.
Here's the link: MARGARET RIVER
After you hear our description of the flavor profiles of these wines, you're going to want to run out to get some! And you should. It's great stuff.
Enjoy and happy Australia Day!
Fri, 16 January 2015
After some thanks and two awesome listener questions, we take up Cabernet Franc, the parent of some of the delicious red grapes you know!
From interesting, unexpected origins, to how it spread through France, we cover the early life story of this amazing grape.
Then comes the dork fest, with info on grape DNA, flavors, and the importance of canopy management. We discuss where this old grape grows, and the best emerging areas.
The podcast hopefully will inspire you to seek out wine made from this moderate, flavorful grape.
Hope you enjoy it!
Fri, 9 January 2015
I had the honor of talking with Bill and Betsy Nachbaur of ACORN Winery in Sonoma. From Sonoma history, to grape leaf shape, canopy management, barrel toast, and their specialty -- field blends -- you will learn so much from this podcast. I know I did!
A few more details on the winery we forgot to hit...the significance of the winery and vineyard names...
Our Vineyard name, “Alegría”, means happiness and joy in Spanish. Bill chose the name, because he was much happier as a farmer than he’d been as a lawyer (and folks like his products) . He chose a Spanish word to honor California’s Mexican heritage, and to recognize that our ranch was part of the Rancho Sotoyome land grant. Spanish was spoken here before English, and our workers are mostly Mexican. We also use it as a toast. Alegría!
We wanted the winery name to be different than the vineyard name, because we wanted out grape buyers (we sell about a third of our grapes to other wineries), to vineyard-designate the wines they made from our Alegría Vineyard grapes. We felt they’d be more likely to do so, if the vineyard name was not also the name of a winery. Also, because Betsy’s Dad (and others) kept mispronouncing Alegría (saying Algeria), we wanted a name that was easily pronounceable and memorable.
We chose “ACORN” because we are tiny like an acorn; there are oak trees in our vineyards, our wine is aged in oak barrels; and an acorn is a symbol of potential, prosperity, and good fortune. It is also easy to pronounce. A writer once headlined an article about us: “Mighty Wines From Little Acorn Flow.”