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Donkey & Goat

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Steve Tanzer and capsules

For a Friday the 13th, we had a good day. We got our most recent issue of Steve Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar. All three of our Syrah’s got excellent reviews – 89, 89, and 88 with very nice comments. Mr. Tanzer writes of the Vidmar “Nose shows sassafras, earth, sweet oak and an almost confectionery cherry element…” I don’t know much about sassafras so I looked it up. I will try and find some – I want to see if I agree.

Our 2005 rose will be bottled before too long. Bottling is the hardest part about winemaking and we are trying to figure out our capsules. Last year we used wax – consumers didn’t like it so we won’t do it again. We might use a sticker on the cork or go naked. Many decisions…

One comment

  1. Sassafras is what the country folks, at least in east Texas, made their sassafras tea from. It tastes just like root beer. The tree is easy to spot, because there are three different kinds of leaves. Just dig around the base and cut off a root and go home and boil the root. The tree still survives. I guess Henry and Ann never got Tracey out into the real Texas environment.

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