We’re having an unusually warm winter so far here in Oregon – lots of days in the 50s or low 60s, and only a few hard freezes earlier on in the season. While this is quite pleasant and comfortable for us, I’m not sure it’s a positive for the vines. Centuries of Burgundian wisdom holds that a cold winter with sustained periods of freezing weather is good for the vines and the soil – letting everything get a good, long, hard winter’s sleep. Our friends in Champagne are in agreement on this as well, and they are all presently quite happy to be freezing their butts off in northern France.
At least you won’t need gloves, scarves and snow tires to come taste at the Fred Meyer wine department in the Hollywood store this Saturday – I’ll be there from 3-6pm pouring our La Paulée and new Wildstock Pinots, just in time for you to stock up for your Super Bowl festivities the next day. I hope you can join us!
Wine is the fascinating thing it is because of the mystery – there is truly so much we don’t know about it. Why it is what it is, how fermentation really works, why grapes grown in certain places taste the way they do, how they develop over time – the mystery of the unknown is what continues to captivate me. Eric Asimov wrote a great piece on this in the NY Times – it’s a good read