Chapter 15

Chapter 15

Breed is the term used to describe wines that achieve classical proportions. The quality is usually elusive to describe, but you’ll know it the moment you experience it. When I arrived the next morning, I walked straight to the Managing Director office. Brenda met me...
Chapter 14

Chapter 14

Wines with breed and fitness are those rare newborns in which all elements of structure, flavor, and complexity combined to a peak of almost indescribable perfection. The blackout shades were drawn, so I had no idea what time it was when the phone rang. I didn’t so...
Chapter 12

Chapter 12

The best way to enjoy wine is with a friend, along with the stories that are the fragrance of life. Dinner was being served in the barrel room. I love the barrel room. I would like to live in the barrel room. The aroma of wine permeates the room, saturates the air. I...
Chapter 11

Chapter 11

Handpicking is still practiced by the highest quality producer Matt didn’t stay long. After I told him about lunch and the limo and my call to HR, he excused himself. I wasn’t sure how to read his response. I wasn’t sure if I still had my job and Matt clearly had no...
Chapter 10

Chapter 10

In ancient times, the vintner would take the pruning and stack it at the perimeter to form a protective hedge around the vineyard. The rain abated, and Don decided on a change of venue, taking advantage of the unexpected sunshine to head into the vineyard and check...
Chapter 9

Chapter 9

Malolactic fermentation is a second fermentation to soften the wine and reduce acidity. It produces by products that may or may not be desirable. When I headed back to the barn I found Don and Jack in a heated debate over malolactic fermentation. They debated whether...