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. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Wine Filtration - Cross-flow Filters

Read previous Wine Filtration articles - To Filter or Not?, Depth Filters

My first experience with a cross-flow filter was at a rather large facility in 2007. At the time, cross-flow technology was relatively new (and somewhat controversial) in the wine industry. Cross-flow filtration has now become rather commonplace with large producers, and continuing technological evolution has small and medium producers increasingly adopting it for their operations.

What is cross-flow filtration?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Keeping an Eye on the Surf

Ever since I started surfing, I learned how to read and understand conditions: swells, winds, tides, forecasts, etc. It wasn't long ago that surf forecasting websites, webcams, and photographs weren't so prolific. I always enjoyed tracking systems and predicting when and how they'll reach where I am, and I still do.

Today was the first time I've checked the forecasts and was stoked to see decreasing swell.

This weekend should bring pretty mellow conditions and favorable tides here, which means I may be enticed to paddle out. After four months out of the water with injuries, I'm still building back my strength and flexibility but hopefully it won't be too much longer before I can get back to doing what I love.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tablas Creek 2011 Patelin de Tablas

The site of Tablas Creek Vineyard was chosen for its similarities to the French wine growing region of Chateauneuf du Pape. The Perrin family and Robert Haas purchased the property in 1989 and imported varietals from their Chateau de Beaucastel estate, establishing a nursery to propagate their vines. Their nursery produced all the vines used to plant their own 100 acres of organic vineyards, and helped spread new Rhone varietals in California by offering vines for sale to other interested local growers.

The 1997 vintage was the first produced under the Tablas Creek Vineyard label. They have continued to aim for the production of wines in the traditional Chateauneuf du Pape style. Their estate vineyards remain the core of their production, particularly their much sought-after limited production wines that are only available direct from their winery. Their Patelin de Tablas wines are a recent additional to their extensive offerings, and combines fruit from their own vineyards with some sourced from other local growers.

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 her 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.