A Rosé by any other name...
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
3w ago
There is simply the Rosé; it is perfect every moment of its existence. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Mea Culpa My apologies if you already read a similar post on Sunday but as you know first-hand, or read in the news, we got hammered this past weekend by a Level 4 storm and an atmospheric river that lived up to its name. We had buckets of rain and several power outages where I live in Sonoma, and the Internet was down for hours. So, it’s quite possible many of you never got this post. At least that’s what our Internet metrics are showing. Therefore, please humor me and put up with this condensed resen ..read more
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A Dozen Rosés for Your Valentine
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
1M ago
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. - Henri Matisse What’s a bottle of Rosé between friends. Empty. - Anonymous Not every wine takes years to make If you recall in my post of December 17th, I ended with a bit about Making Rosé 6,000 miles away. It described my efforts to direct a September harvest of old-vine Zinfandel and the subsequent production of almost a ton of those grapes into Rosé—all remotely from Italy, where I was succumbing to a serious over-indul ..read more
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A Harvest Tale - Finale
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
2M ago
It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. —Donald Trump The straw that broke the camel’s back… and then some Wednesday, September 13 - Last we left off, we were hopping aboard our train from Florence to Rome—our final destination in Italy—and I was sending off emails to everyone involved in harvesting and processing a ton of Zinfandel grapes into Rosé from ancient vines that were about to be torn out of an old, storied Sonoma vineyard. As you’ll recall from my last post, the grapes all got picked and processed successfully, even with me micro-managing from afar ..read more
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A Harvest Tale - Part 3
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
2M ago
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again. — George Miller Florence Okay, so where were we? Oh yeah… returning from the fifth and southernmost village of Cinque Terre, Riomaggiore, via ferry ride back north to the first, Monterosso, after a long day of hiking and eating in between. Hard to believe, but we actually passed up dinner that night, surrendering instead to the physical and food fatigue of the day. Saturday, September 9 - Another fantastic Euro breakfast spread at the Souvenir hotel—we seemed to have gotten our appetites back!— and then it ..read more
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A Harvest Tale
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
3M ago
Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy. — Fanny Burney Nel vino cè la verità [In wine there is truth] — Old Italian proverb But I digress Before I continue our harvest tale with the first part of our trip to Italy, I must beg your forgiveness for the recent irregular scheduling of this newsletter. One of the hazards of writing about winemaking, particularly around harvest season, is the danger of tumbling down every rabbit hole encountered in the telling of your story. There’s simply too much going on and it’s too easy to want to explain it ..read more
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A Harvest Tale
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
4M ago
Come quickly! I am tasting stars! — Dom Perignon Let’s begin at the end Sorry to all that I haven’t written in this newsletter for 77 days, but there’s a good reason for that. In fact, there are several good reasons, beginning with the sheer breadth and quality of this remarkable harvest season and the mental and physical energy it took to navigate such an unexpected enological time warp. But to tell this tale I’ll have to break it into parts; so much transpired. And I’d like to begin on the last day, which was just one before yesterday. On that evening we held our annual end of the season har ..read more
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A late, but possibly great, harvest is in the offing!
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
6M ago
Good things come to those who wait. - English proverb But don’t wait too long. Our advance wine sale ends Thursday! On September 1—five days from now—the prices on our 2021 Inaugural Vintage wines are going up. So is the shipping. If you haven’t yet placed your advance order, especially for our celebratory Eclipse Malbec (remember, the Great American Eclipse is April 8th!) please do so before Friday. As a loyal reader you’ve earned the discounted pricing and free shipping but as we prepare for our official release date, we need to get our pricing in line with the true value of the wine. We wil ..read more
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Tiny Vineyards, the award-winning documentary on home winemaking, to screen in Placerville
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
7M ago
Presented by the El Dorado Home Winemakers Club, Tiny Vineyards documents a subculture of private viticulturists and home winemakers dedicated to producing small batches of wine for all the right reasons, not the least of which is self-consumption. Filmmaker turned winemaker, Joseph Daniel, will host a wine reception at 2:00 p.m., movie starts at 3:00 p.m. Tickets available at www.edhwm.net If you haven’t yet experienced Tiny Vineyards, here’s a chance to see it on the big screen with an audience of enthusiastic fellow home winemakers. As romantic and fulfilling as it might appear to some, s ..read more
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Celestial Celebration!
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
8M ago
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most people to see a total eclipse, and it is one of the grandest sights in all of nature. It's something you'll always remember, and you'll pass stories of it onto your grandchildren. —Fred Espenak The return of the Sun after a total eclipse . . . spoke to our ancestors of the possibility of surviving death. Up there in the skies was also a metaphor of immortality. —Carl Sagan Darkness at the break of noon/Shadows even the silver spoon/The handmade blade, the child's balloon/Eclipses both the sun and moon/To understand you know too soon/ There is n ..read more
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Early Release of my Chardonnay!
Tiny Vineyards
by Joseph Daniel
9M ago
You could say one wine is like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz while another is like the mature Judy Garland, or that a big voluptuous Chardonnay is like Marilyn Monroe -round, bosomy - you can remember that Chardonnay. If you say a wine is snappy and lively, like Robin Williams, that's very different than the Anthony Hopkins of wine - urbane, sophisticated, measured, considered. —Karen MacNeil Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you watch a lot of Cartoon Network and drink mid-price Chardonnay at 11 in the morning. — Conan O'Brien Sonoma Valley Chardonnay I wrote about it for almost a year, then I i ..read more
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