Happy Birthday to my big sister!
You have always been a good influence and a path paver in my life and you are appreciated more than you know.
In other news, the Idaho River Adventure was a resounding success and I intend to take some of you with me next time. The wines paired brilliantly with widely varied, top-notch cuisine. We brough the 2017 Adams Ranch Syrah Blend, 2017 JBV Grenache Blend, 2017 JBV Counoise Rosé, 2017 G2 Grenache Blanc, 2016 MCA Cuvée, 2016 Rolph Family Grenache, 2014 Vineyard Drive Zin/Petite Sirah Blend and the 2013 Vineyard Drive GSM. They are all showing great and with the exception of the 17s (which will be in the upcoming fall release) are available via email request.
A few photos are included below, although they do not do the scenery justice. We were in 200 million acres of wilderness with no way through except for the river. We made some new friends and established what will likely be a continuing relationship with the outfitter. In fact, please do not hesitate to reach out to me about next year's trips.
Veraison is cruising right along, with the Syrah leading the way. Much of the Syrah is close to 100% colored up, which means we are on track for the usual mid-October harvest window. There will enough damn grape photos in the upcoming blogs to make your head spin. I'll spare you those this week.
Off to New Orleans on Monday - so if you or someone you know lives in the area, feel free to reach out to me. We have a sold out dinner Tuesday night, but I will be out Monday night and working the market during the day Tuesday. I definitely plan to hit Tipitina's for live music and I'd love to connect with anyone down there over some crawfish, gumbo and beignets.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!