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Gru Ve- wine pick

What's in your glass?
What’s in your glass?

Grüner Veltliner is a dry white wine typically out of Austria. With flavors of green pepper and lime, Grüner Veltliner is a nice, optional white wine- an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc.  For those of you who have shared in the occasional glass of wine with me you know my go to white wine is Sauv Blanc, but you’ll also find Gruner Veltliner as a pick when it’s available, Pinot Blanc, Albarino (my Spanish wine pick from last night) are all white wine favorites of mine.  Especially in the Spring when the sun starts to shine in the Northwest.  And we all start to Bloom~

Gruner has the nick name= Gru Ve The name translates to “Green Wine of Veltlin”. Veltlin was an area in the lower Alps during the 1600’s that is now part of Valtellina, Italy.

The wine in the glass offers great range of flavors that make Grüner Veltliner a great food pairing wine. Chefs love Grüner Veltliner for its hallmark high acidity.

Let’s toast to the Season to continuing to find and enjoy great wines.  Prost! ~

Juls, the Wine Lady

Spring into Farmer’s Markets, Yoga and Wine

farmers market

Farmers Markets

Spring Opening Dates

Look for locations where you can taste some local wines, and experience yoga in the park.  See you there~

Gig Harbor

Sat, April 5 – Dec 20 | 9am-3pm
Peninsula Gardens
5503 Wollochet Drive NW

Kingston
Sat, May 3 – Oct 11 | 9am-2pm
Mike Wallace Park next to Ferry Landing
Port Orchard
Sat, Apr 5 – Oct 11 | 9am-3pm
on Port Orchard waterfront
Poulsbo
Sat, Apr 5 – Dec 20 | 9am-2pm
Corner of 7th & Iverson
Silverdale
Tues, Apr 29 – Sept 23 | 10am-4pm
Old Town Silverdale between boat launch and Waterfront Park
Suquamish
Wed, Apr 16 – Oct 15 | 3-7pm
Suquamish Way across from the Suquamish Village Shell

 

anticpation…patience–vine to wine

Pruning
Pruning

Winter seems like such a peaceful time in a vineyard—no threats of spring frost or frantic harvesting of ripe grapes—but in fact, winter is one of the busiest and most important times
of the year for one reason: pruning.
Pruning is the trimming of last year’s growth on a grapevine to prepare it for producing more fruit in the spring. Sometime between when the vine goes dormant (usually after the first cold snap, when all of the leaves fall off) and when bud break occurs in early spring, vineyard crews will move through the vineyard, cutting back up to 90 percent of last year’s growth.  Isn’t that amazing 90%  Sometimes pruning will happen even after bud break (the first sign of growth)
There are many reasons for pruning, but the main reason is to control the amount of fruit that grows on the vine.
Not enough pruning causes too many grape clusters to grow, sapping the vine’s
energy and producing thin, watery wine. Overly enthusiastic pruning,
on the other hand, so severely limits the amount of fruit that the grapes are
too well-covered by the leaves of the vine, creating under-ripe, “green” wines.
Sam Turner, owner of Vista Vineyard Management in Napa Valley, says that knowing what and where to cut is “one of highest skills needed for a professional vineyard
worker.”
In the northern hemisphere, we’re heading into the height of pruning season,
and the feeling of hope and excitement for next year’s crop is thick and heady
in vineyards. Get excited for the 2014 vintage!

Let’s get together for a sip