Zen Breath 3-2-1

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"Approach life with a beginners mind"
~ The Zen Winemaker ~

3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

June 11, 2021

Happy Friday! Time to wrap up this week and get ready for the next! Take a deep breath and kick off the weekend on a positive note. Let's consider where we have been, improve it, and move forward next week. Packing the most content into the least words and trying to change the world, one glass at a time.

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3 - Wine Terms - Favorite Terriors

1. Santa Barbara: Wine country starts about 50 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara and sits in a east/west funnel allowing the maritime climate to cool the grapes off at night. Santa Rita Hills is famous for coastal Pinot Noirs. Lompoc boasts the Funk Zone filled with urban wineries, brews, spirits and food. Los Alamos, a quaint historical town with a great saloon and inn - I stay there often. Into the heart of wine country are Santa Ynez, Ballard Canyon, and Happy Canyon producing full bodied reds and whites - plan to spend a few days. I have to mention Solvane, "A little slice of Denmark in Southern California". And don't forget Los Olivos -  a quaint town packed with tasting rooms but very few bathrooms - often you have to walk to the church if you have to go and don't want a porta potty.

2. Paso Robles: A large grape growing region with over a dozen micro climates and a cowboy attitude. Rebel winemakers walk the streets creating fascinating blends with an attitude. The diverse weather allows Paso Robles to grow most of the grapes found in France, Italy and Spain. Paso Robles also has one of the widest temperature diurnal with extreme daytime highs and cold nights. This allow the fruit to fully ripen while preserving acidity. With over 250 wineries there is plenty to do and places to explore.We use a cherry taste marker to help us identify Paso wines which is pervasive and unique to this region.

3. Sonoma: About an hours drive north of San Fransisco is a fantastic wine growing region that is adjacent to Napa. Starting off as being quaint with family oriented values, over the years it has become more corporate and falls just behind Napa in price. Various micro climates allows Sonoma county to produce a wide diversity of exceptional grapes at an elevated but reasonable price point for the fruit. It is a long haul and special considerations need to be made transporting fruit this far. Our 2018 Sonoma Zin is almost released and was extremely popular during the pre sales.With limited cases produced - this will sell out quickly.

Geek Zone: The United States federal government designates grape growing regions as American Vitcultural Areas (AVA) and this is the location designation on a bottle of wine. The largest AVA is the Upper Mississippi River Valley covering 29,900 square miles and four states. The smallest is Cole Ranch in Mendocino county at 62 acres. Only fruit grown within a specific AVA can bear that name. If grapes come from multiple different AVAs then wine would be considered from the AVA the encompass both regions such as Central Coast or California.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "Once you understand your emotions, you can begin to understand who you really are." ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "What you like and dislike are irreverent to reality" ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

It is a human condition is to assess and judge everything. Is it good?  Is it bad? Do I like it or not? These questions are asked and answered thousands of times per day and defines who we are.

Why is it that some people like brussel sprouts and others don't?

Why do some people like the color red over the color blue?

In reality, a brussel sprout is just a food and red is just a color. When you become aware of this, it is possible to become more compassionate and forgiving of others.

Is it time to put down some of your differences, judgement and opinions and become more accepting or nurturing?

~~ Notice ~~

Wine pairs well with life



Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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