#barbera2 event coming up in two weeks - Nick will be on hand pouring our's as one of five US producers in Nizza in about two weeks.
Incidentally, the above picture show the newest barrel in our barbera line up - 2005 from Larkmead. We go neutral all the way back to 2000 Seguin Moreau for the Barbera this year. Thin stave French Bdx is the choice to get the most oxygen in ageing, even still it is only May and this 2010 already has a healthy hint of reduction. The purple is always beautiful from barbera, even after the four inches of rain we had before it was harvested...
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
|We are running maybe a few days late, 14 days or so behind Mendocino and Sonoma, but nothing like last year we hope. Full break is still lagging|
|Chardonnay to be grafted to Greco|
|3rd year Sangiovese VCR 6|
|Few more trees to remove|
|Rocks from vineyard finally in place|
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
www.enobytes.com for this very kind coverage. Marc Hinton's piece can be accessed RIGHT HERE. And yes, it is true, those 2009s are smokin' now and will be even better when they are finally released.
Friday, April 1, 2011
So if you go to http://swamiofumami.blogspot.com/ or http://www.timhanni.com/ you can gorge yourself on high-strung nerdy stuff of the contentious sort.
If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area he is hosting a seminar with Swanson Vineyard on June 4th (the first flyer). If you are really ambitious you should probably attend the two-day conference in Lansing, Michigan on May 4-5th, http://www.spartanhbc.com/.
He is a love or hate kind of guy, and there are plenty of people on both sides. However, his wine knowledge and understanding of food and wine interaction is above reproach, and his research and consulting are having an impact on wine culture already. And if he helps people drink more wine (responsibly, of course), we are all for that.
What is the brouhaha you ask? Here are choice morsels from the naysayers on the internet:
· "you are - in my opinion - an idiot."
· "Seriously, your argument is ridiculous."
· " more pathetic than anything else. Hanni should know better.”
· “…this is utter bunk…this theory gets what it deserves: F” The Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine
Obviously, this is worth serious investigation.