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Mike Anderson
 
December 24, 2011 | Mike Anderson

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I think I remember that last winter I got stuck writing about the weather. Maybe tis the season.

For the most part, this winter has been sunny and dry. We are having fun with the new wines, feeling a little relaxed and excited. Time for walking, reflection and wonder. As I walk I am amazed at how fast the temperature changes. Coat is on with frost in the morning, shirt only in the early afternoon and then a rollercoaster dip to cold at 4 pm or so. As soon as the sun goes down so does the temperature. You have to plan ahead. Hootie and I went out at 3, I was glad I remembered to bring a little extra jacket. It gets cold but the light is so beautiful.

Stay warm, catch some light and enjoy your Holidays.

Mike Anderson
 
December 6, 2011 | Mike Anderson

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Toward the end of Ernie’s life he worked on a “statistical” book of California grape production. This was not a simple exercise meant to document varieties and tons but meant as an exposé of what he rightly understood to be deceptive wine labeling. The clear conclusion was that in most premium wine grape regions there was a lot more wine being sold than the grapes grown there could possibly produce. In most cases this is probably not illegal but extremely deceptive nonetheless.

In the US, wine representing an appellation is required to be 85% from that appellation. Some wineries in expensive appellations give winemakers instructions to be sure to use the “leftover” 15% with lesser valued grapes. I am not saying that these grapes are poor but just that they are not of the appellation and their presence is never revealed. I think I want to know what is in the bottle.

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