May 17 Wine Reading
My regular 'Wine Reading Hour'
"Oregon beckons and I long to return – now more than ever.
From mountainous coastline to coniferous forests and wine-producing valleys, natural beauty is everywhere in Oregon."
"I live in the deep Southwest of the United States. Just minutes from the Mexican border, we are so fortunate enjoy the cultural and culinary celebrations of our beloved neighbors. For those of you who see the news that this is the Wild, Wild West, rife with vigilantes and gun-toting grannies, think again. Sometimes, the wildest thing we do is add chipotle chile to our mashed potatoes! Tucson is a welcoming city with amazing cross-cultural celebrations."
"The Yarra Valley is in the midst of a devastating outbreak, wreaking havoc on local wineries and causing local winemakers to shake their heads in simultaneous fear and frustration. So what exactly caused the hell that broke loose over European viticulture to make its way to the land down under – and what are regional vignerons to do about it?"
"Alberto Rafanelli, an Italian immigrant, first founded A. Rafanelli Winery in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that Alberto’s son, Americo, came out with the present day label and started selling the wine commercially. David and Patty Rafanelli now run the winery and a 4th generation Rafanelli, their daughter Shelly, is the winemaker. The winery is perhaps best known for their Zinfandel but also produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with all the fruit sourced from their vineyard in Dry Creek Valley."
"The Trésors tasting and its sister — the more inclusive Mémoire & Friends tasting — are my favorite events on the Swiss wine calendar. Both events reside under the Mémoire des Vins Suisses (MDVS) umbrella — a marketing-related non-profit founded and nurtured by a group of wine-loving journalists, producers and enthusiasts. Both tasting events, and the parties that ensue, offer a curated look at the best Swiss wine has to offer. There are representatives from all over the country and many rare wines from native grapes that you’re unlikely to see anywhere else."
"First, WWE Smackdown stars Nikki and Brie Bella launched Belle Radici Wines. Now, WWE wrestler Carmella (a.ka. Leah Van Damme) is jumping into the ring with a wine of her own: Capo Cagna. The name translates roughly to “Boss Bitch”, and is an acknowledgement that we all “deserve to feel like a boss”."