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The past few weeks were full of excitement and plenty of French and Napa wine! Please read on about our recent family outing in San Francisco, Alan’s trip to Bordeaux, and budbreak occurring out in the vineyard.
This weekend, the family traveled to San Francisco for the famous Burgundy tasting called, La Paulee. Amidst top Bay Area restaurant chefs, local industry, and wine enthusiasts, we got a sneak preview of the upcoming 2011 vintage releases from several top Burgundy producers. With a background chorus of the “Singers of Burgundy” shouting, “Je suis fiere d’etre Bourgignon!” Alan, Mariela, Delia, and I compared our notes on the standout Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs, all while sneaking in delicious bites from local restaurants.
La Paulee is only held every other year in San Francisco, alternating with Manhattan. While undeniably fun, these tastings are also very educational — even though at VIADER we do not make Pinot or Chardonnay. As wine producers, it is important to consistently try all the benchmark wines from around the world. We look for the same balance in our own wines and strive to produce wines that capture the best possible expression of our unique vineyard site. This notion is paramount in Burgundy, a region that is extremely connected to the soil and vineyards through biodynamic farming.
Just two weeks ago, under the recommendation of our forever-Francophile mother Delia, my brother Alan took an amazing opportunity to travel to Bordeaux for two weeks to study with Delia’s old friend, Kees Van Leeuwen, professor of viticulture at the University of Bordeaux and consultant to St. Emilion’s famous First Growth winery, Chateau Cheval Blanc. Kees warned all the students that “We take lunch seriously,” and subsequently Alan “endured” 2.5 hours of lunch each day in between 8 total hours of lecture in the morning and afternoon. Oh la la!
After a week of informative vineyard seminars and wine tastings demonstrating Bordeaux’s terroir, Alan jumped in his diesel-engine Renault and ventured out on his own to many of the world famous Bordeaux chateaux and barrel-tasted numerous 2012 wines from some of the area’s best properties.
While Alan was away, our vines started to wake up from their winter slumber; indicating that the 2014 growing season has officially started! Budbreak is right on time, and we are looking forward to the new vintage. The tiny leaves are just beginning to push their way out into the world. Following a week of heavy rains this month, the ground is exploding with clovers and other nutritious cover-crops which help augment our mineral-rich and rocky soils.
We look forward to sharing more with you as the vintage progresses. Please visit our website to view current releases and special features. Thank you for your continued support of VIADER wines.