A freak hailstorm hit Pojer e Sandri vineyards a few days ago and here are some of the pictures.
Sadly, for many winegrowers, they lost their whole crop. Luckily for Pojer e Sandri the damage wasn't that bad.
But can you imagine having these beasts fall on your vineyard? To be a farmer, in any field, is to trust that mother nature will take your side. But that also means that someone else might not be as lucky.
Thanks for the pictures, Federico Sandri, and we wish you guys all the best in the coming harvest.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
|Etna from the direction of Catania|
|One of the vineyards of Ayunta|
|Old, old vine|
|Rough place to grow grapes|
|You can see a turritto (spelling?) in the background of all the rocks that were taken out of this vineyard and stacked nearby|
|Better have your sturdy walking shoes . . .|
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Come meet Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra and Luigi Baudana from Piemonte, Italy and eat some great food from renowned chef Angelo Auriana at Officine Brera in DTLA.
merluzzo smoked salted water codfish, white endive, young onion, parsley oil
lardo cured crispy polenta, pork back fat, chestnut honey, pink peppercorn
farinata chickpea flower, garda olive oil, cracked pepper
G.D. Vajra NV Metodo Classico Rose`, “N.S. Della Neve”
pisarei e fasö house-made bread dumplings, borlotti beans, cured pork, reggiano
G.D. Vajra 2014 Langhe DOC, Riesling “Petracine”
G.D. Vajra 2013 Dolcetto d'Alba DOC “Coste e Fossati”
guanciola wood oven braised beef cheek, polenta taragna, foraged mushrooms
G.D. Vajra 2011 Barbera Superiore
G.D. Vajra 2011 Barolo, Cru Bricco delle Viole DOCG
assorted dessert platter
G.D. Vajra 2015 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
$150 tax and tip included
1331 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Thursday, September 15th
7 pm to 10 pm
Call for reservations!
Friday, July 8, 2016
|Checking out Luigi Baudana for the first time . . .|
Grapes, they are a coming, in the Baudana vineyard
The Castello di Serralunga in Serralunga
|Looking over the Langhe|
Monday, May 9, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Mt Etna smoking in the background
Filippo Ayunta and his family farm 2.8 hectares of very old vines on the northeastern slopes of Mt. Etna, an active volcano. The weather extremes in these high-elevation (700 meters) locations are well known and can involve long droughts punctuated by hail and everything in between. These volcanic soils nourish indigenous varietals that were co-planted to several varietals over the last centuries, and are part of an intriguing genetic patrimony that is unique to this location.
The reds are mostly Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio and the whites mostly Carricante and Catarratto however there are many other lesser know varietals mixed in. No chemicals are used in the vineyards and all of the work is done by hand. Weeding is done by bringing in the sheep of a local shepard...This is truly artisanal winegrowing. The barrels used are large and made of chestnut, cherry and oak woods and the wines are aged long enough for non-filtered bottling. Only native yeasts are used in the wine-making and minimal sulfur levels are respected.
|Filippo Ayunta on the left and Francesco Cirelli on the right!|
|Lava flow in the vineyard|
|Showing the rocky volcanic soil|
|White vine on one side and red vine on the other!|
|One little perfect grape.|
|Fully ripe Carricante|
|Nerello (but which I don't know.)|
|Open topped concrete fermenters|
|Grapes aren't the only thing that can be found on Etna|
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