These are scary times in California, especially in the “food basket” of America, our network of central valleys. It’s also worrisome in wine country all over the state. There is a fight for agricultural water, and at some point, this struggle will ultimately extend to wineries. Thankfully, most vines love to be stressed, so for this season at least, it looks as though we’ll be okay. With significantly lower rainfall, vineyards are expected to produce less fruit, but what is harvested will likely be denser in flavor. . .the basis for making great wine.
Speaking of great wine, we’ve got plenty to celebrate with this month’s wine club selections. Some past favorites make a return, and we have two entries from Mike Drash’s Tallulah brand, as well as two gorgeous wines from Maldonado. Drew and I split up the tasting note chores, so our initials follow our entries. Enjoy! —gary