Good morning! It's that time of the year when I start getting wines ready to bottle. I actually like this particular time. Tasting, blending, tasting, blending...not to mention all the things I have to get ready for the packaging. Labels, glass, corks, capsules...did I mention tasting? It's very rewarding to see the wines come together in a way that you hadn't imagined. They come into their own. They become what they were meant to be. (with a little help from the winemaker)
I want to tell you about a wine I am really excited about this year. It's the 2017 Passaggio Verdejo. I sourced this fruit from my good friends, Heringer Estates. Heringer Estates is located in Clarksburg, just south of Sacramento. The vineyards are surrounded by the cooling waterways of the Sacramento River Delta. There are warm summer days and cool breezy evenings.
Verdejo is a Spanish varietal. It originated in North Africa but found it's way to Spain in the 11th Century. This grape produces an intense aromatic fruit forward white wine. Passaggio Verdejo is 100% Verdejo made in all stainless steel with no malo-lactic fermentation to keep the wine fresh and lively. IF you are a Sauvignon Blanc lover, you will enjoy this wine as well. Beautiful layers of lemon and citrus along with a slight mineral note are followed by green apple, grapefruit, and a crisp acidity. Pair this with seafood dishes, spicy dishes or by itself on the patio with friends.
This is the time of year when some people celebrate the Festival of Epiphany. When the Kings (or Wise men) saw the star they rejoiced. Those wise men had been following that star for quite some time. They were passionate about finding the new born king. They didn’t cease their quest until they found what they longed for…that’s true passion. It was a time for new beginnings.
I absolutely love this time of the year. New beginnings. New horizons. Old things have passed away.
For me, walking through the vineyards this time of the year actually brings a soothing calm to my soul. Walking the narrow rows of the resting vines during the early morning hours can be quite peaceful. The sun is not yet opening its eyes as I quietly stroll through the rows of pruned vines. The dew is still on the ground and the fog is merging with the sweet smells around me. The rows fade and disappear into the fog. The vines are quiet and still, standing at attention as if their commander and chief had just walked by for inspection. All I can hear is the sound of my own breathing. I embrace the opportunity to reflect on the previous year as I gently walk through the vineyard and make my plans for the coming new year.
I yield to the vines. What struggles they go through…their souls cut back to bare minimum. They are starting over. New beginnings are about to emerge. The vines will soon bud again and new fruit will spring forth.
Much like our own lives, we need new beginnings. We need a new start. We seek a new path to find our way home. Take a walk through the rows of your life and see the new horizons ahead of you…look closely through the fog…it’s there. It will emerge. New fruit will soon spring forth. What are you passionate about? What new beginnings do you see ahead of you…follow it – Do Not Be Afraid….Take a Step…
Follow Your Passion