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hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend celebration. We
did! We went up to the Sierra foothills to my Mom's, where she
had 11 for dinner. We had a special visit from my mother-and
father-in-law who came up from Los Angeles for the week. Mom made
a traditional turkey with stuffing, my son's girlfriend made an updated
version of the green bean casserole that turned out great. I made
twice-baked sweet potatoes with dried cranberries and walnuts (check
out the recipe),
a cranberry sauce made with pomegranate juice, and the gravy. My
sister-in-law made a delicious chocolate cake with raspberry filling to
go with the traditional pumpkin and apple pies bought fresh from the
local apple farms. We had a great time visiting and watching
movies. The festivities really began when Larry opend up a Peachy Canyon '04 Jester. We then continued with a Peachy Canyon '02 Cabernet Sauvignon, a Dierberg '03 Pinot Noir and a Nalle
'05 Pinot Noir. It was a nice sampling of California wines
ranging from Santa Maria to Paso Robles and up to Russian River.
Everyone enjoyed everything!
Larry and I did our final interview
with Winemaker B who declared Harvest '08 as over on November
6th. Now we sit tight and wait to see how the '08 wines turn
out. Just be patient, that is what good winos do! We are so
happy that Winemaker B took the time to let us all know the
blow-by-blow details of how the harvest went. If you missed any
of the segments go to the Ask The Winemaker column and click onto the archives. Remember, if you have any questions for Winemaker B, please post your questions on our blog or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will get the answers to you as soon as he can.
Last summer just after I launched the website, we interviewed Bob Mosby of Benovia Winery
in Santa Rosa. They are a small winery in a large facility so
they can grow. It was a different interview than we have done to
date as this winery is just getting off the ground. They are
still planting some of their vineyards and are open by appointment
only. Go check them out, they are in a beautiful area of Santa
Rosa and they make a really nice Pinot Noir, plus a few other
varietals. Along with this interview there are two new recipes
that you should enjoy making and pairing with their wines.
you've had any wine tasting or food and wine pairing experiences
recently that you would like to share, please blog about it. It's
really so easy to do. Reading about your experiences adds to our
knowledge, education, and depth about wine.
Don't worry, drink happy!™
How does the climate affect the wine?
vary slightly in their needs, but vines will usually thrive within
certain limits. An average annual temperature of 57-59 degrees,
with a summer average of not less than 66 degrees is ideal.
Summers should not be too hot, nor autumn too cool. Rain, around
27 inches per year, should fall in winter and spring, too much in
summer and autumn can harm the grapes. Bad weather is a worry;
frost, strong winds, hail, and heavy rains are major dangers.
Sunlight is essential to the vines and is most valuable for its
ripening. Check out an article written by Sandra Silven, who has been writing about wine for over 20 years, entitled "Weather rules winegrowing in cold-weather climates". And for something a bit on the lighter note, watch this video done by Gary Vaynerchuk, host of Wine Library TV, where he reviews wine in very extreme weather.
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spoke with Bob Mosby, general manager of Benovia Winery in
Santa Rosa. Bob, who grew up in Texas, first learned about good
wine 30 years ago when he went to explore Europe. Afterwards he
Napa and has been hooked on California wines ever since. He gets
to talk and share his love of wine with you
when you come in to tour the winery.