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Mike Anderson
July 21, 2011 | Mike Anderson

View From the Barrel Rack

Seems that the weather is no longer confusing and we are slogging our way to harvest. We are in a lull in the vineyard and most of the decisions of the spring are over and harvest looms. It would seem a great time to take a break. The Frenchies are (in fact they take a lot of breaks, full-time workers in France are guaranteed at least five weeks vacation) but most of us aren’t. Why? I think we pursue the dollar at the expense of enjoyment. Does us a lot of good? I’ll let you decide.

Country Life Expectancy at Birth Wine Consumption
Legally Required
  (Years) (Liter per Capita) (Days per year)
France 80.7 45 30
United States 78.3 9 0
Source United Nations Wine Institute CBS News

Maybe we turn our backs to the good things of life too often – they don’t come too often.

Mike Anderson
July 9, 2011 | Mike Anderson

View From the Barrel Rack

I know this subject is redundant and I’m a little tired of it (yea I know then why write about it?) But it rained an inch last Tuesday and tomorrow it’s going to be a 100 degrees! I don't know what it all means but it sure is wacky.

We’re starting to make plans to bottle the 2009 red wines which means tasting all the lots to create the best wines from each variety. These varieties are contained in a assortment of barrel types and ages. We’re looking for the combination that produces the wine that best expresses the variety. Expect to see the first of these wines and maybe including a couple newcomers in the Spring of 2012!