Saturday, May 31, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Stores up to 166 Wine Bottles
One Touch Digital Control for Red, White, or Sparkling Wine
Reversible Tempered Double-Glass Door with Stainless Steel Frame
One Touch Dual Function Electronic Display for Monitoring Temperature (F/Cº)
One Touch ON/OFF Interior Cavity LED Lighting System
Wooden Shelves on a Sturdy Pull-Out Roller
Built-In Interior Fan for Temperature Control
Stainless Steel Handle
Color: Black / Stainless Steel
Unit Dimensions: 71 1/8H x 23.5W x 26 7/8D
Carton Dimensions: 74.75H x 26W x 30D
Unit Weight: 223
Shipping Weight: 239
Defrost System: Auto
Power: 110V / 60HZ
Reversible Door: Yes
There has been some speculation about this movie for some time now, so I figured I would take a second to blog on it.
As the subject says, the movie is called Bottle Shock, and it is scheduled for release later in 2008. This film portrays the Barrett family in a fictionalized version of the infamous tasting in Paris, highlighting Jim's '73 Montelena Chardonnay which bested some lofty white Burgs. That is the short version of the movie.
More information can be found at: http://www.bottleshockthemovie.com/
That being said, what do you think is going to happen with this movie? What kind of new life is it going to bring to the world of California Chardonnay? Is it going to have any substantial effect at all? Is it going to do what Sideways did to California pinot noir? Only time will tell! Cheers!
Paul sent me an e-mail last night saying that our Syrah 373 vines are on the way, and that they are from root stocks 101-114. That is very exciting news, and I am very curious to see how these are going to thrive in New Jersey. These will arrive in Lambertville any day. From there, they will be soaked in water for 24 hours prior to planting, and then they will go in the ground.
You can see the area that we plan to plant these in on this picture. Is this the ideal place to plant them? Probably not, but we sure do think that it will be fun to see if we can really tend to the vines, get them growing well, and maybe even producing fruit in the next few years. If we can, then we'll see what progresses from there. Will we ever be able to grow enough grapes here to produce our own wine? Definitely not based on our space, but like I said, it is going to be a fun adventure!
Stay tuned to the latest from Vineyard 25. Thanks again Paul!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
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Monday, May 19, 2008
Special thanks to Paul Romero, owner, winemaker, vineyard manager, etc, I have some great syrah vines coming to us that we will try to grow organically in our backyard.
I can't say enough great things about Paul and his wife Stefania. Not only is Paul creating amazing syrah and cabernet sauvignon, he and Stefania are just damn good people to boot!
I e-mailed Paul one day on a whim asking him where he buys his vines, and after giving me a suggestion, he was gracious enough to offer me a few plants that he had leftover after doing some planting and replanting early this season. Knowing Paul, and knowing the care and precision that Paul takes on his wines, I am sure that these are going to be great vines. Whether or not they will grow in New Jersey and produce fruit is another matter, but hopefully we will find out in the next couple of years.
Paul was also gracious enough to give me some great tips, as well on some great resources that will help out a ton as well. So all of that said, I look forward to receiving our plants from Paul, so please do stay tuned as this project progresses.
From here, God only knows. Will we ever own a vineyard and winery on the East Coast? More than likely no. Will we ever own a winery or vineyard in California? Nah, but this will certainly be a fun project nonetheless.
Thanks again to Paul and Stefania, and be sure to check them out at: http://www.stefaniawine.com/ Stay tuned as the story unfolds at Vineyard 25!
Sunday, May 18, 2008
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Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Nice red/violet color in the glass with raspberry, black cherry, blackberry, other black fruits which I can't identify, a hint of cola, vanilla, oak, and pepper on the nose! Lots of dark berries on the mid-palate, with strong tannins and acidity. The finish was short, and a tad on the sour side. This wine is showing well for being so young, but lacking the complexity and the "candied cherry" that I have grown to love in the '04. In my opinion, this is a better offering right off the bat than the '05, but I said it before, and I will say it again, Sanford hasn't been the same since Richard and Thekla left! Regardless, they are still making a good wine!
In short, this wine is still young in the bottle and needs more time! Based on the tannin structure in this bottle, I think that this bottle will age nice for up to 5 years...maybe more!
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Tonight we brought this along with us to Blue Bottle Cafe in Hopewell, NJ, and as always, it was a pleasant treat! Popped and poured at this "new to us" BYO, this wine showed the usual hints of the '04 Sandford. Great ruby color in the glass, thinning ever so slightly near the rim. Tons of cherry, strawberry, and raspberry on the nose, with the faintest hints of cola and spice. Lots of candied cherry on the palate, and a finish that likes to linger pleasantly for 20-30 seconds.
There is something so special about the '04 that the '05 lacked, mainly in the fruit department. Was this because the harvest was that much better in 2004? What the fruit harvested earlier? Later? I wish I knew the answers to these questions, but I don't.
Unfortunately, I do not see this wine improving at all any further, but I think it will hold steady for another 2-3 years with proper cellaring. I have a local hot spot with a few more bottles, and maybe I'll have to clean out their inventory so we can enjoy one a year for the next few years...hmmm. Another consistent 90 point Sanford! Cheers!