Chapter 8

Chapter 8

Cultivating a noble wine is like conducting a symphony By “lunch” Jack means “wine.” I walk into the barrel room to see a tasting table set up with six bottles of wine and six glasses … times three. I had just read it this morning in a news feed from a Charleston...
Chapter 7

Chapter 7

As grapes begin heading for maturity, three components undergo rapid change – sugar, acidity, and flavor. The sound was so faint as my mind struggled against the will to get up, I thought there was a woodpecker outside my door. It was rhythmic, but not synchronous....
Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Soil is an important factor. This visit is both exhilarating and exhausting. After a full afternoon walking the vineyards and talking about refractometers, soil, pruning and hedging, I was overloaded. But after an afternoon of fermentation and racking, I was famished...
Chapter 5

Chapter 5

The vintner uses everything. When Jack said I’d arrived in the middle of the crush, I expected to find Don standing over a vat of crushed grapes, up to his elbows in grape juice. I knew that the days of women stomping on grapes barefoot was a practice relegated to...
Chapter 4

Chapter 4

It’s the combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives wine grapes their distinctive character. I grabbed a notebook and pen and headed down the patio steps right into a row of vines. Ten steps in and we were transported from the territory of...
Chapter 3

Chapter 3

You are instantly transported into an older world as you enter the wine country. There couldn’t be a more beautiful day to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. I waited until rush hour traffic had subsided and breezed across under a cloudless, fogless sky.  I had...