You may ask, why cover crops?
Easy. It is all about soil health (which is all about vine health…which is all about fruit health…which is all about wine. Sort of makes you want to start singing “There’s a hole in my bucket…) Aaron wants to build up the organic matter in the soil (critters and bugs need it and they help the soil.) We want to improve soil aeration and permeability. We want to prevent erosion. We want to build up and balance soil nutrition. We want to balance water use against vine needs. The right cover crops can do these things.
Go read the full blog post for yourself for more amazing details.
Some love for the 2006 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ran a column today featuring its wine pick of the week. This time around the 2006 Hess Collection Cabernet Sauvignon, one that’s in the $16 per 750ml bottle range that we’ve not yet tried ourselves, is the featured wine. Of the ’06 Cabernet Sauvignon, the P-I writes:
I like the soft, plush texture of the wine and the complex layers of flavors, including cherry and cassis. This is not a powerhouse but an elegant and nuanced wine that performs well above its pay grade.
Full article here.
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