job involving middle school kids is never going to augment one’s spare time. Hence a brief literary roundup in September. Also, more cow photos.
Ghost Hill Cellar’s Mike and Dendra Bayliss on moonshine, moody cows and transforming a century-old family farm into a stellar winery.
From Oregon to China, Jerez to Provence, travel the world one glass at a time with Vinediction’s June reading list.
Pattie and Mark Bjornson on building a winery and a legacy in the Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills (with a little help from Thor).
Blackbook Winery’s Sergio Verrillo’s guide to London plus the ‘masochistic challenges’ of making fine Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
In 1771, Maria Jose Velazquez’s ancestor bought at auction the house and property in the vall d’Albaida that, 200 years later, became Casa Los Frailes. Before Carlos III stamped them out, Jesuit friars (‘frailes’) lived in this small valley not far from the Mediterranean coast, tended vineyards, made wine and stored it in clay amphorae, tall as coffins, sunk into the cool earth in the low-beamed cellar.
Typewriters are by no means rare in Oregon. The Smith-Corona in the Illahe Vineyards office is not, however, a hipster accessory. Nor is the chalkboard where someone has scrawled: “Buy more chalk”. Or the phonograph and four-foot high wooden speakers bookending crates of classic rock LPs in the corner of the warehouse.
David’s scalpel-like curiosity can be unnerving. He has a compulsion to understand how things (and people) work that I’d call ‘childlike’ if it weren’t driven by an imposing, precision-tooled intellect.
A peek into the origins of Oregon Wine Pioneers, as told by author Cila Warncke. Driving through Willamette Valley wine… Read more A Journey into Oregon Wine
Against the backdrop of a world turning itself into a Dali canvas, there is reassurance in connecting with handcraft, labor, the senses. Wine is, more than ever, more than a diversion; it is a link to the past and future.