I am supposed to be travelling to Dusseldorf to present our wines at ProWein, Europe’s largest wine trade fair. But due to an unseasonal dump of snow accompanied by high winds in the north of England I am unable to get to Manchester Airport to catch the plane.
My Vineyard Blog March 2013
It has been a cold wet winter. We had snow in the serra a couple of weeks ago and the forecast is for more unremitting rain. There is much to be done in the vineyard. Pruning is finished, the grass between the rows has been cut and weeds have been sprayed with herbicide. When the weather permits we need to get into the vineyard to repair broken posts and wires and take soil samples for analysis prior to applying organic fertilizers where necessary, something that we haven’t done for three years.
I am in New York promoting our wine at Skurnik’s annual tasting entitled ‘Paint the Town Red’. It is an opportunity for me to get the measure of our new importers and the US market. Skurnik certainly have a broad portfolio wines from over 200 producers represented including a very strong showing of Spanish wines (Vega Sicilia, CVNE, La Rioja Alta, Lustau) as well as well-known wineries in California, Italy, France, Austria and Germany. I feel rather lost with just one wine, Duas Pedras, although I have sneaked in a bottle of Pedra e Alma to demonstrate what else we can do.