Monday, September 23, 2013

Fun-Sized Padang

Padang Padang needs a fair amount of swell to show its true colors, but it can still be fun when it's 4-6 foot. The problem is usually the crowd as the lineup is always packed when it's smaller. Luckily, my little Alexander Penetrator is good with crowds and I managed to snag a few fun ones this last swell.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Overtime at Albens Cidery

The crew and I are working overtime bottling at the cidery to make sure there's plenty of fresh Albens Original Apple Cider on its way to all corners of Indonesia tomorrow. Show your gratitude and get some; head down to your local corner store, restaurant, or bar. If they don't have it, tell them they should!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

My Morning Routine

I quite enjoy settling into a morning routine. Moving around so much, it's hard to feel rooted somewhere and this is one thing that helps me. Having relocated to northwest Bali, I'm quickly becoming accustomed to waking up early as the Fajr prayer drifts from the nearby Mosque (Fajr means dawn in Arabic, and refers to the first of five daily Muslim prayers).  I walk out the door and check the surf from the balcony. It's still dark, but I can make out faint lines on the horizon. I grab my surfboard and make my way through the rice paddies to the beach.
The water is cool and refreshing as I enter. I enjoy my empty surroundings. I look back from the lineup as the sun slowly rises over the mountains. I watch as a few locals arrive for their morning fish. Two are always nude as they walk off the nearby rocks into waist deep water, to cast their nets. They never seem to catch anything, but they whistle as I takeoff on waves and smile at me as I paddle back past.
Some mornings, another surfer or two join me in the lineup once the sun has made its way into the sky. Other mornings, it's just me and the fishermen.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Albens Apple Cider

I apologize for my recent absence from writing here. Don't worry, I didn't drown surfing or O.D. on wine. I've just been busy with my new position at Albens Cider here in Bali, Indonesia.

Albens Cider is the first cider to be produced in Indonesia and has only been on the market for about a year. In this short period of time, it's already gained a significant following. I'm hoping that I'll be able to help continue this growth and aim to produce the best cider possible.
For those of you confused where I fit in here, 'cider' is a type of alcoholic beverages produced from fermented fruit (most commonly apples, just like ours here at Albens) and has an alcohol level that usually falls at or below 8.5% v/v (often significantly below). There are varying stories as to its origins, but it's safe to say that the majority of its production has historically been England, where locals have been producing and drinking similar beverages for over 2,000 years. 

Though my passion for winemaking will never leave me, I'm excited to be facing a new challenge. Moving forward, I'll be publishing some articles about cider and cider production. But don't worry, there will still be plenty of wine articles coming (not to mention all the other stuff I usually go on about).