Earlier this year I started a series of posts about why wineries should blog. I was reminded of this series reading a couple of posts this week from Paul at the REthink blog and Josh at Pinotblogger. In fact Josh’s riff on Paul’s post is the best logic for why wineries should blog I’ve yet seen. Thanks for the great reading material and food for thought, guys. More on this subject upon my return home…
Archives for August 2006
The first winery blog I linked to was Champagne Tarlant. I can’t remember exactly when, but it was early in 2005 right after they linked here. I just received an email from MÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©lanie Tarlant asking me to vote for their video podcast (a.k.a vlog) for a Belgian blogging award. It is against some strong non-wine competitors so they need all the help they can get. If you read French as poorly as I, you might need some translation help to determine your votes in the other categories. My vote in the final section is recorded in the photograph.
Bonne chance, MÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©lanie.
I picked up Wines of Baja California: Touring and Tasting Mexico’s Undiscovered Treasures by Ralph Amey at Amazon.com to read while on the beach this week in San Diego. I have always wanted to explore this region on my podcast and thought I might be able to sample some Baja wines this week given how close I am to the region. While I have not tracked down any Baja wines yet this week, the book gave me a decent overview of what to look for in the wine bars and stores here.
This trade paperback is just a hair over 170 pages including over 10 pages of appendix items. Once you get used to the academic writing style, the book is a quick read. It took me the better part of an afternoon on the beach and two cups of Peet’s coffee the next morning to finish. A history of the region is covered first, followed by information about the different microclimates found in the region and concludes with a bit of information on the 12 Baja wineries in operation when the book was written (2003). My only criticism is that the author does not really take a stand on any of the wine tasting notes. You have to read between the lines to discover who is making the best wines. Other than that, it is a good read to get the back-story of Baja wines (it is also the only book in English on the region).
If you are looking to explore this emerging wine appellation just across the California border, I recommend you check this book out. I’ll provide a more extensive review on my podcast once I track down some of that Baja juice…
La Ferme Julien, RosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©, CÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â´tes du Ventoux, France 2005 ($5)
What better wine to enjoy after a day on the beach but rosÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â©? I picked up this blend at Trader Joe’s after remembering a recommendation from Quaffability (ironically for another rose). It is made from 50% Cinsault, 40% Grenache and 10% Syrah grown in France’s Rhone Valley.
The wine is a beautiful shade of salmon/ruby with lean aromas of strawberry and watermelon. In the mouth it is light and dry with cherry and strawberry fruit flavors and good acidity. A cut above quaffable and a nice value.
We are out in Orange County for the first leg of our South California beach vacation and spent 12+ hours at Disneyland yesterday. Being a winegeek in Disneyland used to be an experience in futility because the only wine in the park was at the exclusive (and private) Club 33 in New Orleans Square. But five years ago they opened the California Adventure park across from the Magic Kingdom and one of the attractions is the Golden Vine Winery. So after a hard day of attractions such as the awesomely retooled Space Mountain, I found time to enjoy a glass of Sauvignon Blanc amongst the nearly ripe Chardonnay vines at Golden Vine. The Brancott SB from 2005 tasted better than the ’04 I reviewed on Winecast 44, but it could have been the setting and the heat of the day. Later in the evening we dined at the new Cafe Orleans restaurant in New Orleans Square. Although just across the street from Club 33, no vino was available to pair with their solid menu. A modest proposal, Mr. Disneyland: please offer wine in your finer dining establishments in The Magic Kingdom, too…