January 2009 Archives
Tomorrow marks a truly historic occasion. It's a turning point in our family and a day of great celebration. We'll be entering a whole new era and I, like others in my family, am filled with intense pride, hope, and optimism for the future.
I'll bet you think I'm referring to Barack Obama's historic inauguration. Wrong! It's actually our daughter's 16th birthday. All in all, a perfect day to crack open some very special wines to honor such a memorable occasion. And, with inauguration day falling on the same day, a celebration is definitely in order.
A lot of people I know have more wine in their cellar than they know what to do with. They've been buying wine for years and slowly the cases have started piling up. (It's kind of like women's black shoes. No matter how many we have, we always need more!) Frankly, most people forget to open these wines preferring to save them for a special occasion. Or, they fear opening them altogether, believing that they'll be disappointed, they won't be able to replace them, etc. These are all good excuses, but the problem with this notion is well, wine is meant to be enjoyed! Even Thomas Jefferson said, Good wine is a necessity of life, so why wait for that once in a lifetime occasion before uncorking something rare and unusual? Why not make today a more memorable one, by opening a treasure that has been quietly tucked away in your cellar, closet, etc.
With that in mind, we've slowly started drinking our older wines. I figure it's a good recession strategy and an environmentally responsible (with recycling and all) thing to do. We've gone through the 80s, flirted with the 90s, and are now dabbling with the early 2000's. We've had some winners, along with the occasional dud. But it's the anticipation and excitement that comes with opening something you've been saving that is especially gratifying to the eager wine lover. So, I say start opening those bottles and see what mysteries await. Don't worry if they're over the hill. Just crack open another. And another. After all, that's what you bought them for.
And once you've made a dent in your cellar, go out and buy some more. I call it the Wilma Stimulus Package. Because what's good for your cellar is good for our industry!
Who would have known that my last post would create such a stir? Obviously, what I was attempting to say and how several readers interpreted it, was off kilter. It goes to show you how vulnerable you become in the blogosphere. To some degree it's uncharted waters for us bloggers. (It certainly takes a thick skin and broad shoulders to weather this stuff.)
The truth is anyone who knows me or my family, knows that we care deeply about our customers, our employees, our neighbors and the good of the community in general. Despite the implications of my neighbor, I am not some self obsessed wine diva sitting on my throne looking down upon my competitors. The last thing I intended was to offend someone by sharing my recent wine tasting experience. On the other hand, I'm a tell it like it is person. And if I think readers can learn from my own experience, I'm going to share my thoughts. Isn't that the whole point of blogging anyway? To share insights, stories, and perspective for others to gain knowledge, entertainment and information. If it creates good dialogue, then all the better.
On a completely different subject, Mother Nature is playing tricks on us again. Yesterday's temperatures were in the low 80s. Today is gloriously warm again. How will this unseasonably warm weather affect the grapevines? It's hard to say and depends on how long it lasts. If it continues to be warm, bud swell could begin, signaling it's time for the grapevines to wake up. Then if we have a frost, those little buds are at risk of frost damage. So, while it sure feels good to get a dose of sunshine, I'm hoping things return to normal for the remainder of the winter months.
Is it too late to say Happy New Year? Naahh...Happy New Year everyone!
I hope you all had a restful and joyful holiday season. This year I vowed not to get caught up in the stressed out frenzy associated with Xmas. Instead, Santa sent us on a trip to Mexico where Wilma imbibed on numerous cervezas and a shot or two of tequila. (I find it's always good to cleanse the palate with non-grape based products from time to time.)
All in all, it was a great way to check out as the winery was essentially closed. Not a cellar rat was stirring, not even a mouse.Shortly after, we had family visit for New Years. One of the things they were dying to do was go wine tasting. What a concept! Believe it or not, I rarely get out to do this anymore. It's a crying shame really, to live right dab in the middle of wine country and not take advantage of the many tasting rooms that are open to the public. I had a fascinating day and it gave me plenty of ideas for our own tasting room as well as solidified a few things I already know about Dry Creek Vineyard.
I can honestly say that Dry Creek Vineyard offers one of the most rewarding tasting room visits around. I always believed this, and now have the first hand experience to back it up. In today's economy, people expect unparalleled quality along with GREAT value. Well I say, bring em on. We are the place to come! Drink Dry Creek! And, if you feel otherwise, I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!
P.S. I'd love to hear your suggestions for other must visit tasting rooms. After all, I have a New Year's resolution to uphold - more tasting of course!
This is a blog about what it's really like to be in the wine industry...so sit back, take a sip and enjoy!
A Lifetime in Wine
Top 10 Traits of the Successful Family Winery
The Dreaded Family Meeting
Board Meeting Jitters
Is the Future of the Winery in Danger?
The Case of the Overweight Bottle
Wine and Dementia
Wanted: Talented (Normal) Individual for Family Owned Winery
A Sea of Wine
The Heroes of Our Industry