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?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fratelli Perata 203 Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva

The Perata brothers joined the budding wine region of Paso Robles in 1977 when they purchased a 40-acre plot just west of Highway 101. The Fratelli Perata winery was bonded in 1987, just a few years after Paso Robles was granted appellation status. Ever since, the family have been producing single vineyard wines of character on site.

Fratelli Perata presses all their Cabernet Sauvignon directly into new French oak barrels after fermentation. After two years of maturation, the family sets aside the best for their riserva. Its complexity and structure are aimed with aging in mind.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Malayan Water Monitor

During a recent visit to the Singapore Botanical Gardens, Kristin and I watched as a 1.5-meter lizard fluidly swimming across a lake. I recognized it immediately as a monitor lizard, but never knew they could swim so well.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Singapore Botanical Gardens

An oasis amongst the desert of metropolis, the Singapore Botanical Gardens acts not only as a regional park but as a tourist destination and botanical institution. It is commonly regarded as one of the world's top parks, consistently voted as the best in Asia, and is currently nominated for UNESCO World Heritage Site distinction.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

More Fun Surf for Indonesia

Surfers in Indonesia are enjoying a great Dry Season. This is probably the best season in recent memory with consistent swells gracing the country's shores. I took a few shots at this fun lefthander the other day.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Veraison - A Major Turning point in Berry Development

California's warm spring weather and the ongoing drought have sent some winemakers scrambling to prepare their facilities for harvest weeks in advance.

The reason: the early onset of veraison. But what's the big deal?