SJR Vineyard: if you build it they will come

SJR Vineyard: if you build it they will come

A white wall of fog suddenly appears out of black night. Sheets of rain so heavy, wipers can’t keep up. Unable to see the road, we stop in the middle of I-82 near Vanderbuilt Gap–a very dangerous situation. Worth the drive to see the famous SJR vineyard? If I get home. Continue reading SJR Vineyard: if you build it they will come

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Eating mold in Rioja

Eating mold in Rioja

One of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted hails from Spain’s Rioja region. The winery hasn’t changed its methods since starting in 1877. Same presses. Same massive oak fermentation vats. Same cellars. It also differs significantly from its ‘traditional’ winery neighbors: holding its wines long after all others release their vintages, and employs drastically different climate control methods. No fruit or oak bombs here. Earthy, with a plethora of secondary and tertiary notes ranging from blood to game to orange peel. Different. Not for everyone. Continue reading Eating mold in Rioja