Nearly four weeks without a post is far too long! Truth be told I can’t remember a busier time between work, play and life in general. The best part is that everything seems to be moving in the right direction. I am starting to buy into the cliche of “Wow… is it really May already?” I am pretty sure December was only a month ago but I’ve been wrong before. As they say, no rest for the wicked AND time flies when you’re having fun.
For those of you that received the most recent newsletter you have a bit of an inside track on the Riesling…and I do have to say that I am pure excited to be about three weeks away from the bottling date!
Putting this particular wine into the MTGA lineup has brought up some fun questions, though most conversations start with: “Is it dry?” You betcha! The next question is: “Why Riesling?” To which I usually respond: Why not Riesling? (insert sarcasm here)
It is a tough varietal to work with but that is because of the preconceived notion that all Rieslings have some form of sweetness. Hell, with my new gig we have a Riesling and Gewürztraminer that are both dry, and we tell guests that they are in fact dry, but folks can still taste or even smell the sweetness.
Quick tangent: Just because it smells fruity doesn’t mean it is sweet! Anyway…
This small run of Riesling is to continue the tone that the Merlot set with the 2010 and 2011 vintages. That being great wine that doesn’t conform to the norm (typing that really made me feel like one of the goth kids from South Park…) or to wine drinking culture in California or the good ole US of A at large (such as Sideways ruined Merlot and Rieslings are sweet). Being unfined and unfiltered is going to be a little bit of a “geeky” wine but the main goal is that once we are in the thick of summer, it is going to be a perfectly refreshing beverage to have on hand.
Riesling is a personal favorite of mine because of its versatility; so I am being a little selfish bringing this wine into the fold but it has been a very rewarding project.
All of that said it is good to be back in the blog-o-sphere after brief hiatus!
Until next time,