Archive for March, 2013

Do The Glasses Really Matter?

March 30th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

wine glasses matterYes!

Wine glasses are designed for different varietals and for different reasons.  Is it necessary to use the “correct” glass every time?  No.  And probably not practical. However, there are a couple of guidelines that may help you enjoy your wines more.

A larger glass is always better, regardless of a red or white wine.  White wines typically do not need as large a bowl to aerate, but it doesn’t hurt.  It is unfortunate when wines are tasted and/or served in a small glass, because the aromas are stifled.  Red wines especially need bigger bowled glasses so they can be agitated more to open up, stir the aromatics, and warm to the occasion.

 

 

Holly, my friend

March 23rd, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

hollysmI want to tell you of a life that I adore.  I refer to Holly as the Sister you never knew you needed until she showed up.  I remember adopting Holly from the rescue shelter and from day one she was a new spirit, fun loving, crazy, childlike and kind.  She was the first to greet you with a ‘hello’.  She would take plants by the roots and pull them out of the ground then happily present it to you.  Holly’s proudest achievements were bringing you sticks, rocks, branches, bushes, and critters so you too could rejoice in her accomplishments (good or not so good).  Holly was the first to walk with you into the vineyard and stay by your side.  She kept watch over our daughters as they played around the hill and never left their side.  After seven wonderful years Holly’s leg was amputated due to a tumor.  Unfortunately, that was not enough to save her life. Now we are experiencing the painful lesson of life and loss.  Holly is now pain free and running in our hearts and minds.  Thank you, Holly, for sharing your childlike joy with us.  You will be remembered.

 

White in Time!

March 16th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

white wineWith the approach of spring, warmer weather and white wine comes to mind.  We are preparing to bottle our 2012 Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc in April.  Which is timely, because we sold out the last of our 2011’s in September.  We leave our white wines in stainless steel tanks after fermentation, then cold stabilize, and bottle.  Different from our Pinot Noir, we make our Gris and Blanc to drink young, so they will be available in May – just in time for warmer weather and sunny skies.
Come join us on the Hill for a taste of Spring!

 

To Each His Own

March 9th, 2013 by Nicolette Bailey

wine is like musicWe often hear from guests in our tasting room that they don’t know how to explain what they are tasting, and therefore can’t say why they like or don’t like a wine.  I sometimes use the analogy that wine is like music – you and I may like (or dislike)the same song, but for different reasons.  The same applies to wine.  Different experiences and tastes may bring us to the same conclusion, or to two very different conclusions about a particular vintage.  It’s not always necessary to articulate why, but it IS important to realize what your particular tastes are.  That’s the joy (and benefit) of wine tasting!