Apologies [insert red face here]! The Sojourning Somm has done too much sojourning between October–December 2016, but not enough writing. The big bus has been in TX, OK, KS, NE, SD, WY, CO, NM, and AZ.
We have enjoyed a lot of good wine and can't wait to highlight some of our favorites here. Our visits to wineries in Texas and New Mexico were especially rewarding. We are currently in Arizona, studying AZ wines and teaching wine appreciation classes at several winter resorts in the Phoenix area. But we can't wait to tell you about some wonderful places we visited along the way! Here's a preview.
In New Mexico, we had the opportunity to visit a long-time favorite, Gruet Winery's tasting room in Santa Fe, NM. Don't miss tasting on their terrace, during months when the weather is pleasant. More important, as good as Gruet's retail distribution is nationally, don't miss the winery-only selections you'll be able to try in Santa Fe or at the winery in Albuquerque. All of their méthode Champenoise sparkling wines are an extraordinary value.
Our reports won't stop with TX and NM, with AZ coming soon. We had some dismal winery visits we won't mention, but also some unexpected pleasures like a fall afternoon we spent on the terrace of Prairie Berry Winery in Hill City, SD.
Remember wine should be fun; it should enhance conversation, make meals better, and promote conviviality. We needn't drink Château Mouton Rothschild or Harlan on every occasion. Who can afford to? So, how could any of us who truly love wine and people resist sitting in gorgeous autumn sunlight, trying "Needles Eye," made from Chenin Blanc and juniper berries, or Anna Pesä Blaufränkisch, a lovely light red? If that's not sufficiently interesting, just walk to Prairie Berry's microbrewery next door!
More soon — but until then, very best wishes for a wonderful celebration of Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!