April 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
The buds have opened in the majority of our vineyards. The Cab Sauv is slow to wake up, as are some of our Petit Manseng and Albarino, but for the most part the growth is uniform and healthy. It’s wonderful to see a new season starting!
April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment
I had two cool wines in the past few nights. First, the Roots 2008 Melon de Bourgogne. I have a soft spot for a lot of Oregon Pinot Gris wines, especially from Yamhill-Carlton or Dundee, where I used to work, but I had never heard of Melon de Bourgogne when I bought this. As I learned, it is the grape used to make Muscadet, which is a wonderful white wine from the Loire. (I had always assumed Muscadet was a grape. It is not. It is a description of white wines made from Melon de Bourgogne. Confused? Don’t worry, I don’t think there’s much of it outside the Loire.) I’m pretty sure the name is meant to be translated to: “wine with a musk-like taste.” What could be bad about that? I loved it. It had a little bit of a Scheurebe-ish quality.