With existential dread creeping up on me like an internet stalker, a nice trip to wine country seemed just like the ticket to clear my head and refresh my soul. With area expert and wine influencer Maria Ramirez @uncorked_notes) as my guide, I spent the day visiting Heringer Estates, the Clarksburg Wine Company and Julietta Winery, sampling all kinds of amazing Chenin Blancs and learning all about this small but thriving AVA just south of Sacramento, CA. But no cure to existential dread comes without a few side effects…like the constant questioning of why we do what we do. And when that question turns to sexism in the world of social media influencers, it just may be that another bottle of Viognier will need to be uncorked…
Pairs With A Trip To Clarksburg, Part 1
- by John Taylor
And that’s what’s really at the heart of this decision: I can’t shake this story or these characters. It’s what I always come back to. So, I think this is The Universe trying to tell me something: finish this story before you move on to something else. And so I will.
The 2016 Altocedro Gran Riserva Malbec es muy loco, but in all the good ways. To start, Altocedro harvests from 70-year-old vines from a 107-year-old vineyard. Not unusual, especially for Mendoza malbec. BUT, then they take the harvested Malbec in whole clusters and barrel co-ferment with 4% Semillon in French oak.