Friday, August 11, 2017

Hail in Trentino! Pojer e Sandri pictures . . . .

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.





Thursday, April 20, 2017

Etna with Filippo of Ayunta . . .

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 . . . 



Ciao Filippo!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Dinner with Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra at Officine Brera - Thursday, September 15th




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. 

MENU

PASSED APPETIZER
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” 

FIRST COURSE
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” 

ENTRÉE
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


DESSERT 
assorted dessert platter
G.D. Vajra 2015 Moscato d'Asti DOCG 

$150 tax and tip included

1331 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
officinebrera.com
(213) 553-8006

Thursday, September 15th
7 pm to 10 pm
Call for reservations!


Friday, July 8, 2016

Tooling around the Langhe on a scooter on one of our last days in Italy . . .

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







Thursday, May 5, 2016

The wines of Filippo Ayunta from Etna . . .

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

Cariccante



Showing the rocky volcanic soil

White vine on one side and red vine on the other!

Etna


One little perfect grape.

Harvest 2015



Fully ripe Carricante



Nerello (but which I don't know.)

Open topped concrete fermenters

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Before pruning



After pruning








Grapes aren't the only thing that can be found on Etna


Hail in Trentino! Pojer e Sandri pictures . . . .

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 th...