Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Napa Valley vineyards~Our World Tuesday~111511
My sister-in-law works for Burgess Cellars in Napa, CA and we usually drive up there at Christmas to celebrate with the family. I took these photos back in 2006, in December. I thought you might like to see these mature vines, as opposed to the "babies" in the Anza vineyards that I posted yesterday. These vines are 50+ years old and are in their prime. They produced zinfandel wine and I found some grapes still on the vines which were still on the vine after the fall harvest. (see 5th photo) Now they have been grafted over and produce cabernet or merlot. I love to walk among the vines and just look at them. To me, there is something magical about them. Maybe it's that to get a really good wine, the vines have to struggle, to undergo challenges of rocky soil and sparce water. My sister-in-law has 10 acres of merlot herself and believe me, it IS a struggle to produce quality wine! One year, while she was in Europe, a hard frost occurred and her vineyard manager couldn't get the pots lit in time to save her entire crop. It was destroyed by the frost. It has taken her over 4 years to recover from that one hard frost...sigh...On the other hand, she paid for a month-long European summer vacation for both of our children upon their graduation from college and they got to explore France and its vineyards with Aunt Cathy! Our daughter stayed in southern France with her, but our son went out exploring to Florence, Berlin, Munich, and Amsterdam. I am eternally grateful to her for her generosity and I can't wait to visit the Napa Valley again. Our World Tuesday for November 15, 2011. To visit OWT, please go to: http://ourworldtuesdaymeme.blogspot.com/