Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gerard Bertrand 2009 Saint Chinian

Gerard Bertrand is a prominent figure in southern France's wine industry. With over twenty years of experience as a wine grower and winemaker, Gerard owns and manages seven vineyards in the region of Languedoc-Rousillon. His sprawling winemaking estate, Chateau L'Hospitalet, encompasses 1,000 hectares and welcomes guests to stay amongst their vineyards and winery for a unique experience. Their extensive wine offerings are produced for specific markets worldwide.

This wine is a blend of Syrah and Mourvedre that is produced from the Saint Chinian AOC, located within Languedoc-Rousillon.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bali Back Roads - Off the Beaten Path

'Off the beaten path' is a pretty popular term with travelers that refers to visiting places not often frequented by foreigners. Bali's tourism industry is booming, with the number of visitors arriving increasing around 10% from year to year since 2011. In fact, the official population of Bali is only 30% more than the recorded number of foreign visitors! With all these tourists, it's getting harder to avoid the crowds but not impossible.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Witch Creek 2011 Valle de Guadalupe Sangiovese

Witch Creek Winery is one of San Diego's oldest commercial wineries. They started off in the quaint countryside town of Ramona in the early 1990's. Shortly after, they relocated their facility to the vibrant coastal city of Carlsbad in northern San Diego County. Like most of San Diego's urban wineries, Witch Creek sources their fruit from various appellations around California (Fallbrook, Clarksburg, El Dorado Hills, and Paso Robles), and also south of the border from Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico.

I have always been intrigued by the Valle de Guadalupe region and their wines, though I must sadly admit that I have never visited the wineries there despite being born and raised in San Diego (only needed to drive about an hour or so to get there!). I was immediately attracted to this Sangiovese offering when I saw it in the Witch Creek tasting room and it didn't disappoint.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Some Fun Little Waves

Well, the surf here in Bali hasn't been very big lately, but that's fine with me. Consistently fun waves have given me the chance to have several sessions over the past few weeks since getting back in the water. I'm still carrying on with my rehab program outside the water, and feel like I'm progressing pretty well. Unfortunately, it's slower than I would like (which means it's not immediate!!) but I'm staying patient.

Kristin took this cool shot of me the other morning. She's been doing some photography lately, and getting really good!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Yalumba 2013 Eden Valley Viognier

Yalumba is synonymous with Australian winemaking. Established in 1849, it is the country's oldest family-owned winery. They are also a member of the Australian First Families of Wine, a group of twelve family-owned wineries that includes Howard Park and d'Arenberg. Yalumba is renowned for introducing new wine styles and grape varietals to Australia over the years, in particular Viognier.

Chief Winemaker Louisa Rose is considered one of Australia's best. She has won several awards over the years, including Winemaker of the Year for Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine and the IWSC Women in Wine award.

Their entry level Eden Valley Viognier is produced from vineyards of 20-30 years of age, fermented in matured in 60% old French oak barrels and 40% stainless steel tanks.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sunrise Bodysurf

With a low tide and small swell, I searched out a little beachbreak yesterday. It wasn't looking terribly surfable, but looked like a lot of fun for a bodysurf.