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.
Then The doors glide open and I find myself suspended above a distant floor, staring into a room full of… Read more Rex Hill / A to Z Wineworks Then and Now
Growing up, the Van Duzer Corridor was the dividing line (albeit a longish one) between where I was and where… Read more Van Duzer Corridor AVA
This review was a thank you letter, as you shall see. Written in Castellano for a friend for whom it… Read more Guitian Godello 2014, Valdeorras