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Our Fathers Day feast was a home run.
Slow smoked baby back ribs flavored with a creatively zingy rub and sauce combo, and shaved zucchini interwoven with prosciutto and threaded onto skewers for fast grilling. The latter was served with a lightly and lovely lime/tarragon dressing. The lemon curd pie for dessert may have been overkill... It all tasted fine with chilled dry rosé.
The recipe for zucchini skewers is available on request, but I doubt we'll ever be able to duplicate that barbecue sauce.
As the days grow warm, we're drawn outdoors to enjoy the summer sunshine and absorb some happy vitamins through our skins. In no hurry to go inside, our thoughts turn to foods that can be cooked on the grill - and the wines that go with them.
There are at least three ways to make rosé. This one is a saignée, or Sangiovese that was "bled off" fermenting juice before taking on enough color from the dark skins to become red wine. It is definitely not pink, instead a charming onionskin color that is entirely natural.
Most important for your summertime pleasure, this is a bone-dry wine without a trace of sweetness. That, with the bracing acidity typical of Sangiovese, makes it an ideal summer refreshment. Cheers!
This week we installed the second wire (blue arrow) in the new Sangiovese block. The vines are growing fast and need support, especially when it's windy. This one has obligingly laid itself along the wire and its tendrils are holding on (yellow circles). How about that? Self-trellising vines.
We might get a few grapes next year if all goes well; it usually takes at least four years from planting (2012) to produce a reasonable crop.
Another Memorial Day treat. Michaela welcomed fellow Haas MBA Aaron Mendelson to Villa Ragazzi, and he brought along some lively new Haas grads and one senior (can you guess which is which?). We like to start 'em young on Sangiovese, because these girls with big brains are going to take over the world.
Go Bears! (This has replaced "Cheese!" as the way to get a perfect photo.)
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