Monday, September 15, 2014

White Mountains Fishing

I was really stoked Kristin and I were able to make it over to Arizona during our recent visit to the United States. Growing up, my family and I spent a lot of time in the White Mountains on holidays. Kristin came over with us a couple years ago over Christmas, but it was really nice for here to see summertime here instead of a frozen over lake and a foot of snow on the ground.

There are few things that can beat the cool evening breeze, a beautiful sunset, and being the only boat on the lake. Thanks to my talented mother, we have a great photograph of one such moment.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Carruth Cellars NV Surfing Madonna Bordeaux Blend

The naturally lit tasting room and winery of Carruth Cellars is tucked into the artsy center of Solana Beach. It is one of San Diego's urban wineries dotting the coastline, and the small team focuses on red varietals sourced from several different Central and Northern California vineyards.

But what about the label? Well, it's the Surfing Madonna.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

San Diego Bay Hornblower Cruise

It was the last day of our California visit, and I wanted to do something special for Kristin. Fortunately, my mom is always prepared to help make such things happen.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wine Filtration - Depth Filters

Read previous Wine Filtration article - To Filter or Not?

Winemakers continue to learn how to best apply filtration. As research continues and technology improves, the options available have grown with the industry over the past several decades. Depth filtration, also referred to as dead-end filtration, has been utilized by winemakers for centuries. During the process of depth filtration, wine is directed in a perpendicular flow towards the filter medium (directly into it, thus the term 'dead-end'). The retentate (particles removed) is captured inside or against the filter medium, while the clean wine passes through. The retentate gradually builds up over time, pressure increases, flow rate decreases, and the filter eventually becomes plugged. At this stage, filtration must be stopped and the filter setup cleaned before further filtration can be done. The most common forms of depth filters are pressure-leaf, plate & frame, lenticular, and cartridge.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Birch Aquarium

The Birch Aquarium is basically the public interface of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Showcasing habitats from all over the Pacific Ocean, the Birch Aquarium provides a great learning experience for kids and adults alike. Their exhibits include the Hall of Fishes and There's Something about Seahorses.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Wine Filtration - To Filter or Not?

Another winemaking question that arrives at the answer, "well it depends".

I've never seen a wine marketing campaign discussing anything about a filtration program except for the absence of one. For quite some time, the debate over whether or not to filter a wine has intrigued wine professionals and consumers alike.

So what's the point, who's doing it, and does it help or hurt?