This is my sightseeing morning in Detroit, the most dysfunctional city I have ever encountered but a captivating place. Over lunch at at a trendy new restaurant in mid-town Detroit I am introduced to local journalist and blogger Chris Kassel and, to my surprise, I find we share common interests in wine and the Manchester soap opera Coronation Street. See:http://intoxreport.com/2015/04/19/richard-mayson-quinta-do-centro-and-a-....
My Vineyard Blog April 2015
I am spending the day in Ann Arbour, a small city in the south of the state that is home of the University of Michigan as well as Domino’s Pizza. I am looked after by Joe from Woodberry Wines who clearly knows the local market well. ‘This is a funky, left wing city with an international perspective. I would never wear a suit here - this is Birkenstock city’ he explains before our first visit. ‘There are lots of food shops and there is a good understanding of old world wines.’ And so it proved.
I am in north Michigan with our mid-west importer Nuria Garrote of VinoVi & Co. Nuria is Catalan, specialises in distinctive single estate Spanish wines and we represent her first venture into Portugal. I feel privileged to be here and today is the first day of bright, spring sunshine after what has clearly been a long, hard winter. The lake-shores are still frozen and there are little piles of dirty snow, the vestige I am told of a total of 17 feet that had fallen over the winter months.
I am in New York with the purpose of tasting some of the greatest Malmsey Madeiras of nineteenth century (see http://www.richardmayson.com/Madeira_Wine_Notes/2015/04/15/The_Majesty_o...). With a day to spare I visit the new Manhattan offices of our importer, Skurnik.
With temperatures in the high twenties this week, the vineyard is bursting forth and looking very good. (see facebook photos on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sonho-Lusitano-Vinhos/158423754186455). The grass in between the rows of vines is now well established and is helping to combat soil erosion. Wet, unstable weather is forecast for next week so we have been making our first treatments of the year.