The summer has spun by. The growing season has been challenging with rain almost every day since May being tough on the vines and vegetable gardens as well.
But the resiliance of nature never ceases to amaze. The fruit set was abundant and even our marquette blocks, always susceptible to disease, in both the homefarm vineyard and the Vergennes vineyard have dug down deep into their bones and made a valiant effort to rise against the difficulties that constant rain and humidity provide in a climate like ours. "Ain't no struggle; ain't no muscle," a rough and inspiring quotation heard recently over the radio will be the mantra of the harvest for #vintage2017.
These last two weeks of August will be spent preparing for the imminent harvest as veraison begins to color the berries deep jewel-toned hues of amber, garnet, tourmaline. The gardens begin to come around as well with lushness, gracing the summer table, and the kitchen is humming with putting things up for the winter season, so that we can remember what June, July, and August
taste like in the depths of snow~clad February.
But before the wine harvest begins in earnest we'll sneak one more pop~up in, and our summer season will go out with a bang. On Sunday, August 20th we'll feature a double header. We will welcome the fiery and incisive wine writer Alice Feiring and the eloquent and masterful Master Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier as special guests. We'll kick off the evening with a master class
based on their collaboration
The Dirty Guide to Wine: Following Flavor from Ground to Glass.
Pascaline and Alice have curated a beautiful line-up of six wines for examining this element of terroir, 3 of the same variety on different soils, and 3 different varieties on the same soil, a round of special bottles selected from Pascaline's last wine list at the inimitable Rouge Tomate in NYC. After, we'll continue on for a super casual supper club with wines chosen by Alice and Pascaline as well as cuvees from the la garagista and the old pane e salute cellar. The ticket for the master class will include a copy of The Dirty Guide to Wine,
and the supper club will include a special deal subscription
to Alice's newsletter The Feiring Line.
Alice will be in Vermont for the week and traveling around to a few of our favorite places if you want to follow along or catch her along the way. On Tuesday, August 22nd, she'll be leading a sparkling wine tasting called "Dead or Alive" at Sparkling Bar in Middlebury; on Wednesday, August 23rd she'll be at Cork Waterbury for a meet and greet with a groovey list of wines she's chosen for the evening. On Friday, August 25th, she'll be a special guest leading a seminar based on The Dirty Guide to Wine at the Manchester Food and Wine Classic in Manchester, Vermont.