I didn’t really know how to approach this one. There’s going to be stigma about marijuana for a long time to come even though it’s now legal in California. It’s just another crop that the vines have to compete with for space, labour, and water. As I was finding out in my recent trip to … More Time To Put the Bong Down and Saddle Up, Your Winery Needs You!
I remember when I got the itinerary for the week that Thursday morning was the one I was nervous about. We were cramming a lot into a short space of time, and Thursday was arguably the pinnacle of that, but then it turned out to be arguably the pinnacle of the trip for me.
This was the Wednesday of the week and we were half way in. We’d seen some sights, tasted great wines, and were perversely all getting on really well as a group which doesn’t always happen on these things. Or at least I think we were, maybe they just didn’t tell me!
I’m not even sure how to describe some of the scenes from Day 4 but I’ll have go. We had a couple of vineyard visits that couldn’t have been more different if they tried, met up with one of Napa’s top somms for a glass or two of something special, and ended up at yet … More CALIFORN-I-A DAY 4: Aesthetics, Action Shots, and Agent 69
Rolling out of bed at the slightly more reasonable time of 5am (bodyclock is struggling here!) I had plenty of time to prepare for our first full day of this and that. With a seminar and two winery visits to start the day, a no-holds-barred cooking spectacular for lunch and an afternoon listening to Napa … More CALIFORN-I-A DAY 3: Conservation, Cakebread, and Cooking Competitions
Yesterday we checked out of San Fransisco, boarded the party bus, and headed out into wine country. As much as this was the first day of work it was a Sunday, so it was a nice ease-in job, with a good slug of time at the wonderful Ram’s Gate Winery at the mouth of Sonoma … More CALIFORN-I-A DAY 2: Beards, Bridge, and Belly Busting Desserts
Well we’ve all made it safe and sound. The California trip has started and the long hours in the plane out to San Fransisco are nearly out of all our systems. There’s a group of about 12 of us, which is enough to make me a little bit nervous and self-conscious, but sod it, the … More CALIFORN-I-A DAY 1: Beers, Burgers, and Buckets of Rain!