Kathleen and I received our Spring shipment from Tobin James day before yesterday ... KILLER deal, BTW ... 8 bottles plus a gift, all reds, for $125 ... all reserve or single vineyard wines with the exception of one ... but I digress ... Lance Silver, co-winemaker with Tobin James, had a nice piece on wine and I thought I might share part of it with my friends on WLDG ... quoting Lance -
"Maybe I'm speaking a bit too passionately, but I feel that one of life's miracles is wine. Wine grapes were put on this planet for one reason - to make wine. Table grapes are for a totally different purpose and are a completely different grape than the vitis vinifera grape or wine grape. These small, tannic skinned, seed filled grapes have little use for consumption as grapes. Long before humans figured out what to do with these beauties, Mother Nature and science answered the question by allowing natural yeasts to proliferate in the vineyards and attack the ripe grapes and ferment these grapes into wine. Animals had figured it out though, as they loved to eat the fermented grapes. Deer in particular love Cabernet grapes with a good tofu burger (they are vegetarians after all). Fast-forward to modern mankind and the only thing that has changed is that we have attempted to perfect the process.
As part of the miracle, these grapes make wine taste like many other fruits. I am always asked why or how a wine can taste like plums or peaches or blackberries ? My first reaction to this question is to respond with a typical Tobin James tongue-in-cheek answer such as we grind up cherry stones and spread them in the vineyard. The vines absorb the cherry flavors this way and the flavors show through the wine. Most people accept this answer without question and usually say 'Wow !' My next comment to them is, 'would they like to buy some of my valuable ocean front property in Kansas for a really reasonable price ?' But seriously, it is quite the miracle that wines do what they do. A wine made from plums tastes like plums (I love plum wine). A wine made from apples tastes like apples. A wine made from blackberries tastes like blackberries. However, a wine made from wine grapes tastes like plums and cherries and blackberries and apples and a zillion other flavors. Anything but grapes ! Amazing, huh ?"
My own love affair with wine will be 38 years old next weekend ... what a long wonderful trip it's been ! And I hopefully look forward to many more years of wonderment and discovery ...
Thanks, too, to all of YOU ... this is a "trip" one is better off not taking on his own ... "so much wine - so little time !"
"If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went !" - Anonymous
Napa is for auto parts, Paso is for wine !
Bill Spencer (Arizona Wine Lover)
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