All the Swirl's friend Devon Magee, Wine Specialist at JJ Buckley Fine Wines, reports on the 2016 En Primeurs experience and his thoughts on the vintage in Bordeaux.
We have been getting drenched out here and are in the middle of another big storm today! You may have seen pictures of flooded vineyards, roads and farms. Although the rain was much needed, parts of central and southern California still remain in an extreme draught. Between October 2016 and today (February 7 2017), we have seen over 30 inches of rainfall compared to approximately 15 inches during the same time in 2015-2016. Because we dry farm the rain is of particular importance to us. In Sonoma, we only receive winter rainfall, summer (when the vines are growing) is dry. Our vines rely on whatever falls during the winter months to grow grapes during the summer months.
At Charles Communications Associates, we enjoy having guest bloggers contribute to All the Swirl on occasion and in this case, our friend and colleague Tracey Rose, of JJ Buckley Fine Wines. In honor of Pride Week upcoming in San Francisco June 25-26 and the national spotlight on LGBTQ issues in light of the horrific Orlando tragedy, we offer Tracey’s insights into the community vis a vis their appreciation for and relationship to wine.
Charles Communications Associates has always been an advocate of the underdog, the up and coming agricultural regions of the world which may not be on the collective radar but which have been quietly working diligently behind the scenes to create products that excel and excite. Uruguay is one such place.