Wine Country, Wine Makers, tasting and exploration…
Wine Country, what great beauty lies in overlooking a vineyard in Autumn, from California to Washington State, New York, Arizona, Virginia, and beyond. Grapes grown in various different climates and “terroir” ( from terre, “land” is the special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with the plant’s genetics ), bio-dynamically, or not. Harvested and crushed, fermented via various methods with use of natural local yeast or added yeast to create the perfect balance of sugars and alcohol. The Science and Agricultural knowledge that has been gained overtime seems to have perfected the making of good, and or great, wine. Experimenting with growing different grapes in different regions add to the complexity and variations of wine, blending to create the perfect blend or allowing the “Terroir” to dictate how the wine turns out are equally effective. There are so many regions, so many variations in climate and in wine making style. Exploring the many facets of wine and wine making could last several life times, there are so many wines to taste and enjoy and experience.
Our adventure in wine is merely just beginning, there is so much information to soak up, so many nuances, so many regions to explore. The journey, into the exploration and experience of wine is the best part (except for drinking). As our name suggests, Crushed Grape Chronicles will be “chronicling” our adventures and explorations. Follow along with us as we explore and taste wines from near and far, from Spain to Argentina, from Germany, France to Australia and New Zealand. We will visit wineries and talk to wine makers to be immersed with the wealth of knowledge and passion that each wine maker and winery brings to bear in their creation of their own unique wine and style.
Off we Go!
Making wine and growing grapes can be done in many ways. Each vineyard, each winery, each winemaker may choose a different way, or a different mix of philosophies. There are Biodynamic Wineries that I love, as well as winemakers who think Biodynamics is a whole lot of hooey, whose wines and practices I support. I have had some truly spectacular wines fermented with native yeast as well as transportive experiences with wines that inoculated with yeast. So we are not jumping on any bandwagons here to support specific philosophies, rather finding good wines made by good people who sincerely believe in their growing and winemaking practices.
Here in “The Philosophies” we will explore the many and varied methods that vineyards and wineries use, which make so many wonderful and unique wines all over the globe.
Join us as we explore these stories through AVA’s and vineyards and the eyes of the winemakers.Wine it’s simply crushed and fermented grapes. The variations and the stories are what make it so fascinating.The variations in wine are beyond comprehension. The stories behind the wines are as lush and beautiful as the wines themselves.
Our goal at Crushed Grape Chronicles is to explore and chronicle the grape it’s many stories and it’s journey from dirt to glass.