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~ The Zen Winemaker ~

3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

October 15, 2021

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3 - Wine Terms - Tempranillo

This year Koi Zen Cellars is expanding it's offerings by adding Tempranillo to our lineup. As a lover of Spanish wines, I am surprised it has taken me so long to produce this varietal. Spain is the largest producer of Tempranillo with over half-million acres under vine, however the world knows this wine as Rioja.
  1. Rioja - a ancient wine producing region in northern central Spain that first started production dating back to the Phoenicians and the Celtiberians. The oldest printed reference dates to 873 when wine was donated to San Andrés de Trepeana Monastery.

    Spain produces over 85% of of Tempranillo in the world and is a wonderful versatile wine.
  2. Taste - Tempranillo produces a full bodied red wine with medium plus tannins and medium tannins. Primary tastes include, notes of cherry, plum, tomato and tomato leaf. Often winemakers age Tempranillo in traditionally matured in American oak giving it secondary aromas of oak, vanilla, and coconut. As Tempranillo ages in the bottle aromas of tobacco, cedar, leather, and dried fruits develop.

    During blind wine tasting, Tempranillo is often confused with Cabernet Sauvignon or Sangiovese (Chianti)
  3. Pairing - Tempranillo is a very versatile wine that pairs with not only Spanish foods, but those around the world. The tomato notes in the wine naturally pair with tomato based foods such as lasagna, pizza and pasta dishes. The notes of tobacco and spice pairs well with BBQ, smoked meats, and brazed meats. The cherry, spice and plum pairs well with Mexican street foods, tacos, nachos, burritos, and chile rellenos.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "Learning begins where your comfort zone ends" ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "Measure twice, cut once and then make sure it fits." ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

Are you ready?

A few weeks ago I fetched my trailer from storage - the 2021 harvest was upon us. The trailer was parked outside of my house on the street. A few days ago  I was getting ready to head to the winery and was letting the dog out. Saddie is a lab and poodle mix and is 16 years old - so she is "older" and the highlight of her day is wandering the sidewalks on either side of our house smelling the "pee-mail."

As she was doing her business, i was looking at the trailer and something was not quite right. I stood there for 5 minutes looking at the trailer from top to bottom, left to right. I finally realized what was wrong - it was the spare tire.

A few years ago, a friend gave me this spare tire from his old trailer when he upgraded. I accepted the gift and mounted the spare on the trailer feeling that I was protected, because for the first year I had not spare. For four years this spare tire has been to Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, and myriad other places transporting grapes, pomace and rachis. Thousands of miles were put on the trailer.

I felt prepared for my travels until I realized the the spare tire mounted on the trailer had 6 lug nuts - my trailer needed tires with 8 lug nuts. The spare tire would never fit - not in a lifetime.

Realizing this I went to a local tire store and had the 6 lug wheel replaced with an 8 lug wheel. This took about a week and I had to take a trip in the mean time to Paso without a spare which didn't seem to be a big deal since I had never had a tire issue.

Finally, a few days ago,  I got the new spare tire and mounted it on the trailer.

Yesterday on the return trip from Paso Robles with 8000# of Tempranillo a tire on my trailer blew out. As it turned out it wasn't an issue with the "correct" spare - but what if I didn't realize this?

I would have been stranded in Irvine on the side of the road with a boat load of fresh grapes cooking in the sun with a "spare tire" that didn't fit. A solution that doesn't work or is not appropriate.

What is worse: not having a spare tire or one that doesn't fit?

I think it is far worse to think you are protected when you are not. A lesser evil is not be prepared at all, but both situations are not ideal and can be avoided.

In reality, often we don't have as much "safety net" as we think we do. This could be in our finances, our rainy day fund, our insurances, our wills and trusses. Therefore, it seems prudent to occasionally make sure our affairs are in order.

Is your house in order?

~~ Notice ~~

Live in the moment not in the memory of the past or the fantasy of the future.



Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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