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Sep
24

A Quick Jaunt to the Napa Valley–Part 3

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Napa--Marciano3Napa-Marciano4We were fortunate to meet up superstar winemaker, Andy Erickson, on our last day in the Napa Valley at a new wine project he is consulting for, owned by Maurice Marciano. 

The estate property is 100 acres, of which roughly 10 acres are currently planted (& meticulously farmed by David Abreu).  Napa--Marciano6Napa-marciano5Napa--Marciano1

The winery is state of the art & I would say….truly a dream come true for most winemakers.  These vessels can be programmed to do pump overs by themselves & as many times & when you want.  No more late nights?  Napa-Dalla Valle

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Sep
23

A Quick Jaunt to the Napa Valley–Part 2

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In the afternoon, we decided to stop by & see Neyers Vineyards located on Sage Canyon Road.  Because things were so hectic, as the looming harvest meant cleaning all of the equipment, bottling wine to make room for the new harvest & visiting vineyards, we did not ask to see any vineyards with winemaker Tadeo on this visit.  Just, way too much going on & we were appreciative for any time he & they could spend with us.  Napa Neyers1

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Sep
22

A Quick Jaunt to the Napa Valley–Part 1

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We recently had an opportunity to visit and spend two days in the Napa Valley of California. We were fortunate that this year the harvest look to start early because of some severe heat spikes which happened in May & June. As is normally the case whenever we go to a winegrowing region we endeavor to walk vineyards with some of our favorite winemakers. In this case because of the early harvest, were also able to taste nearly ripe grapes as well.

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Sep
13

Paso Robles 08-26 & 27-2013

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A quick 2 day visit to the Paso Robles appellation.  In addition to spending time with Linne Calodo & Saxum (which was documented on separate blog entries), here is a recap of our other visits.

Paso-Margarita1Margarita Vineyard is a roughly 900 acre vineyard located at about 1000 feet elevation, 14 miles from the ocean in southern Paso Robles.  It is a vineyard I have been trying to walk for many years, but did not find the right contact, until very recently, to do so.  I never realized this vineyard was so big.  I also wonder how this is still Paso Robles appellation, since it is located on the ”other” side of Templeton.    Paso-margarita8paso-margarita9Paso-Margatita2

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Sep
12

Linne Calodo 08-26-13

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My wife Cheryle (& a friend) & I had the chance to walk some vineyards in Paso Robles recently.  It was a good time, as there was “taste”  to the grapes & it was therefore an incredibly learning  opportunity.

paso-linne5Our first stop was at Linne Calodo & superstar winemaker Matt Trevisan.  It had been years since I last visited Matt at the winery.  We were excited & anxious to visit eventhough we were not sure how much time Matt would actually have with us, given the looming harvest, the fact that both noted wine writers–Robert Parker & Josh Reynolds were in town around the same time.

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Nov
25

Some interesting vineyards in California

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The Old World (France, Italy, Germany, etc) have had centuries to find out which vineyards are the special ones.  California, on the other hand is really just getting started.

It is exciting to see, nonetheless, many of the sites now being planted in search of interesting terroir.

Monte Bello Vineyard

In the right forefront is parcel of Mount Eden’s planting.  Near the top of the mountain is Monte Bello, which is the home of some of the most compelling Cabernets ever produced out of California.

Stagecoach Vineyard

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Sep
28

Paul Fuerst of Franconia, Germany

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Without a doubt, winemaker extraordinaire Paul Fuerst is producing some of the finest DRY wines out of Germany.  His wines deftly showcase amazing purity, class, terroir, nuance with breathtaking elegance, precision, refinement & balance whether he is working with Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Muller Thurgau or Pinot Noir.

My wife Cheryle & I recently went to visit Paul at his home & winery on the western most edge of Franconia, Germany. 

 

 

 

It was an added bonus that they had started harvesting grapes.

 

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photograph by Kalei Nuuhiwa, Makakolu Photography

 

 

The Pacific Ocean of California is VERY different from the same body of water we experience here in Hawaii.  Where our water is warm & inviting, it is real cold & gnarly there.  The winds that come of the ocean there are therefore quite chilling….& it follows the cut in the mountains by the various rivers such as this one to create very different climatic conditions, especially during the respective growing seasons.

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Jul
28

Josef Leitz’s vineyards in Rudesheim

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The Rudesheim hillside wraps around a sharp bend in Germany’s Rhein river…..truly breathtaking & picturesque.  I was amazed at the breadth of Leitz’s vineyard holdings & thankful how many of his wines are so amazingly well priced given the sites were they were born.

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