"How can a place
capture your heart so quickly?"
Those of you who
follow my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook page, know from the steady flow of photos that the past week I have been in Catalunya, the northeastern portion of the Iberian peninsula.
Earlier this year I submitted an entry from this wine blog about two wines from DO Catalunya, “Poema White and Red Two DO Catalunya Wines from Catalan” I
enjoyed sharing the little I knew about Catalan wine, the traditional foods, grape varieties and the
long history of wine production in this corner of the Iberian peninsula. *See note on the contest intent at the bottom of this post.
I know a great deal more today.
I then forgot about the contest entry. Two
weeks before the award ceremony on June 26th, I was notified by DO Catalunya (Consell Regulador de la Denominació d’Origen Catalunya) that I was a finalist. Would I be attending the BlocDOCat gala in Barcelona? Thankfully, the DO Catalunya
organization arranged my f…
Lodi wines are waiting for you and your table. "I was struck by the diversity and quality of Lodi wines."
As I wrote in my previous post, Lodi, California, Re-Discover Wine Country - Introduction, "It is in that sweet spot for people looking for an affordable, local wine country experience. And for the oenophile, Lodi wines are a treasure."
The Lodi wine region grows over 100 different grape varieties. While I expected Zinfandel, I hoped for more, I was not disappointed. Indeed, there was delicate, fragrant Viognier, re-freshing Pinot Grigio, vibrant Albarino, zesty Kerner, and even Garnacha Blanca (White Grenache). And many wonderful reds. I was struck by the diversity and quality of Lodi wines.
For several years, I have been discussing wine online with my social media friend Clifford Brown @cliffordbrown3. It was a pleasure to learn that Cliff would be part of the small group visiting Lodi. When we met on day one, he told me there would be Zinfandel, but so much …
“Find a Tall Sage and you have found a place that will sustain superior grape vines.”
Dr. Walter Clore.
The Tall Sage label is the Monson Family’s tribute to a man of great stature, the founder of Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards, Arvid Monson. A tall sage is one that develops deep tap roots. I have been a fan of Gooseridge wines for many years.
2015 was one of the hotest growing seasons on record. The consistent heat developed sugar in the fruit quickly in many grape varieties. Canopy management was key to protecting the fruit from heat and sun. De-leafing and deficit irrigation was moderated during this vintage to allow the vines to cope with the hot growing season.
The 2015 Tall Sage Chardonnay is ready to drink now. The 2015 Tall Sage Cabernet Sauvignon drank better on day two and could use another 6 months of bottle age to hit my sweet spot. Both Recommended.
1. Review Tall Sage 2015 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley AVA
Color: Straw, green highlights. Nose: Inviting, dusty t…