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... and muffins to line the stomach, we set out on the trial of the local vineyards. Sadly the weather has turned today, so as Zoe drove home from Lagunitas Dan did the driving around Sonoma. We tried a good number of cracking wines, the most famous from the valley being Zinfandel – we bought the customary bottle, which perhaps we’ll enjoy in the hot tub later ...
... of it meant (reference my previous post about knowing nothing about vino!) but it was nice to listen in.
Next up we went to Mount Family winery; again a fine selection of wines accompanied by the winemaker whose taciturn delivery was both amusing and a nice change from the sometimes somewhat over effervescent delivery that can wear thin after a few tastings. Suitably juiced on some very tasty rose and Grenaches we called into the dry creek country store ...
... back into vineyard. Wine is then put into jugs to sediment the yeast out. Secondary fermentation w yeast that is still present takes place. He Siphons the wine into barrles w/o getting sediment in. He keeps the temp regulated w electric blankets. Malactic conversion takes place. After 2 months it's ready for long term aging. It is then bottled. We Sampled 2010 and 2009 zin 21 mo barreled and 10 months bottled Once we left the b&b we headed ...
... can look forward to living comfortably for the remainder of time it takes to work on Big Pink. It will also be a much better guest suite for my pals who want to visit. Huzzah!
Signing off from my little river home,
The month has flown by and I didn’t get a chance to post my July notes, so I will post them with this missive.
We were here for 10 days at the beginning of the month. Dave built me ...
... out our first tasting from the bar. The lawn overlooked the vineyards and was littered with lounge chairs and to our surprise hula hoops. Although I am not a fan of sharing a winery with obnoxious drunk people, the addition of hula hoops could definitely improve a lush’s entertainment level. As it was early afternoon, I think we were a bit early to witness anyone’s talent or lack thereof. Besides Mike still found something to laugh ...