I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to start this blog, you know, should I try for funny right away or build to some amazing and profound conclusion. I'm not all that sure I am smart enough for that, or profound. Just as an aside, how come profound and confound are not opposites? ...or are they and Siri just lied to me. Anyways, I really hadn't thought about what I wanted to talk about either, so I thought I might go have a sit on our patio and look out over our vineyards and see what might come tumbling out out of my brain... OK so I guess that was the start, probably not the most exciting start to a blog you ever read, but I guess you have to start somewhere.
My plan for the blog is really, no plan. I will try to post blogs on a semiregular basis. (Isn't that another way of saying; irregular. Hmmm....not really sure. Irregular seems to have a negative connotation to it and I don't want to be negative, so I think we'll stick with semiregular. Another thought... Is semiregular even a word/phrase? Ok this could go on forever, sorry I can get stuck on things, and seem to have to follow it to an end.) So the "no" plan idea is really to talk about Kiona and everything about it, from the Williams family to the history of the winery and vineyards, to the wines themselves, in a fun and informative way. I don't want to get too technical about things, there are trade magazines for that. But if we think it's interesting and doesn't make us fall asleep writing it, we might give it a shot!
I read this morning that it had not rained in Seattle for the entire month of July, the first time in over 50 years!! Absolutely amazing!.. and well... if it hasn't rained in Seattle, you can be sure it hasn't rained here on Red Mountain either. We are working on a pretty typical year here on Red Mountain so far. I did a quick walk through some of our Merlot this morning and noticed that some of the berries had started to turn red (veriason) I think I read somewhere, It's about 6 weeks from veriason to full maturity, which would put us picking around the middle of September; yup that sounds about right.
I don't do a lot of work in the vineyards, very little actually, so I probably won't be writing very much about them, except in a general sense or unless they somehow become hilarious. I don't really remember walking through our vineyards that much and giggling or guffawing (I'm not really sure I've experienced a "guffaw" either) that much. So I'm thinking not much funny happens in the grapes."A winemaker probably has about 50 chances in his lifetime to make the perfect wine" I remember someone saying that to me early on in my winemaking career. Whatever his intention behind the phrase I've always remembered it. I have a sense that it was with a group of other winemakers after a few glasses of wine, talking about the challenges of making the perfect wine.
He went on and on, and we discussed the merits of those options and many more, because really there are countless other things you can do or not do, that affect how your wine will taste. In the end, after a few more glasses of wine and much more conversation, we concluded that it was way easier to screw up your wine than make the perfect one! He said one more thing at the end of the night "most important of all things to make the perfect wine...you need to be lucky" I couldn't agree more! For me that's the beauty, the fun, and the challenge of winemaking...and if it doesn't work out this year, if your not lucky, you get another chance next year, you always get a second chance until...I guess you don't!
Thanks for taking some time out of your busy day to read this. I think it's time for a glass of wine...yes I mean you, go on get a glass of wine and I think I will join you as well.
P.S. Shark week starts this Sunday, it's not a good time to be a seal.