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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Albens Cider Expose by Kyle Ford

Photographer and all around great guy Kyle Ford came and visited us at our humble Albens Cidery last year.

Follow the link below to view a selection of photographs for his visit, and make sure to browse all the other awesome stuff he has on offer. Thanks Kyle and see you soon!
Ben Wakefield and I had countless blending sessions while working on flavored ciders. These photos were from one of those sessions. Albens Apple with Mango Cider and Albens Apple with Strawberry have been released, so track some down at any fine establishment in Indonesia and have a try!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Big Boards are Fun

The surf has been smaller than average lately here in Bali. Fortunately, I always love breaking the longboard out for a play and the conditions have been really good lately. 

My talented wife Kristin has been taking some great photos lately, and here are a few of me from last weekend. I really dig this epoxy 8'6'' performance shape I got from Jeff Alexander, it's super lightweight and really easy to maneuver.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Louis Jadot 2013 Petit Chablis

Maison Louis Jadot was established in 1859. With steady acquisition of vineyards, the company has seen a steady growth throughout its history. The family-owned business was finally sold in 1985, but maintained its focus on premium wine production. Its team utilizes 210 hectares of vineyards throughout Burgundy to produce Appellation d'Origine Controlee wines.

Petit Chablis would be considered the region's entry-level wine below the 'regular' Chablis, Premier Cru Chablis, and Grand Cru Chablis designations. Petit Chablis wines tend to be fermented and matured in stainless steel tanks, producing a rather lean and linear wine.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Cunca Wulang - Epic Trek in Flores

Read related posts: Komodo National ParkExploring Flores & Komodo National Park.
Kristin and I set off early Christmas morning from Labuan Bajo. As we drove east towards Ruteng, the Christmas spirit was certainly in the air. The small two-lane road was mostly empty, but the several churches we passed were so full that some parishioners were forced to listen from outside. As we ascended into the cool mountain air, we finally reached a small sign marking the turnoff to our destination: Cunca Wulang.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Komodo National Park

Read related posts: Exploring Flores & Komodo National Park.
Komodo National Park is an Indonesian national treasure that rightfully earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, joining only seven other locations in the country.

Located in the Nusa Tenggara region, Komodo National Park sits almost directly in the middle of the expansive archipelago of Indonesia. The park itself encompasses a portion of Flores' west coast, Komodo, Rinca, Padar, and 26 other small islands. This entire region is of volcanic origin, formed by the subduction of the Australian continental plate beneath the Asian continental plate. With annual precipitation only reaching 1,000 mm (39 inches), the area's arid climate contrasts the majority of Indonesia; very fitting for a true land of contrasts.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Exploring Flores & Komodo National Park

Visiting Komodo National Park has been on Kristin's and my wishlist for a long time. Needless to say, we were pretty excited when we arrived in Flores a few days before Christmas.

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.