Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Snow

Snow has been a big theme in our lives the past week. For Christmas we watched it snow at Joe's parents' house after skiing at the local resort and Joe teaching me how to skin. (Amazingly, you can climb mountains in skis when you put skins on the bottom - giant rubber stickers that have a course "hair" that all goes in one direction: the hairs lie flat when you ski down the mountain but catch into the snow when climbing up.) Our dog loved it - she'll take any chance she can to run. On the way back up, she was trying to hand us sticks as we slowly (and, in her opinion, boringly) returned to the car.

The Christmas holiday was great - spent with both our families, eating, drinking, and visiting. It was exactly as it should have been.

Next we're off to Tahoe for a few ski days - once the tasting room opens and the event season begins in a week or two, our weekends will be spent here, as will the rest of the week. So, in the meantime, we're getting a few days in.

If anyone has suggestions for great Tahoe restaurants that don't require dressing up (not after a long day on the slope, thanks), please let me know. In the meantime, have a Happy New Year!!! We wish the best to you and yours in 2009!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Happy Holidays

We'll soon be leaving for our own holiday trips here at Foursight Wines. After suffering through a week of freezing cold temperatures and constantly stoking fireplaces, it will be a relief to have a break and do nothing more than cook, eat, drink and be merry. We're preparing this weekend by putting the finishing touches on the traditional family Christmas cookies.

Happy Holidays to all our friends, family and customers! We'll see you in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Let it Snow!

Last night, about 11:30, it started snowing in Boonville! Joe and I were just thinking about going to bed and then these large flakes started to fall. We immediately put on our boots and jackets and went outside to try and catch some photos and to watch something that I've only seen 3-4 times during my entire life here. Joe was actually twirling, I believe the technical term is, he was so excited to see snow here. One of the flakes I caught in my hand was as large as my palm. After midnight we rode our bikes out into the vineyard to try and photograph vines covered in snow. It was amazing and rare - global warming is making us more and more like Burgundy every year!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Foursight Pinot Named Top 100 Wine!

Our Foursight 2006 Charles Vineyard Pinot was named a Top 100 Wine of 2008 by the San Francisco Chronicle!!!

This ran in last Friday's edition of the paper:
"Great winemakers seem to give all the credit to their vineyards. But as we closed in on the Top 100 Wines for 2008, the winemaker's craft never seemed more important. ...

"2006 Foursight Wines Charles Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir ($46) Kristy Charles moved back to Boonville after a successful wine-industry career in part to run a vineyard with her family and fiance. This inaugural effort is earthy and focused, in the traditional Anderson Valley style, with a mix of Bing cherry, blueberry and rhubarb. It's an auspicious debut, with plenty of delicate red fruit and a savory, smoky, nori-like nuance." - Jon Bonné

We were alongside some Kosta Browne, Macphail, Siduri and Domaine Drouhin in the Pinot Noir category - it always makes us happy to be in such good company! We're very excited.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Joe's 30th Birthday

On Saturday we celebrated Joe's 30th birthday in San Francisco! (HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!) Joe's parents - Pam and Bob - as well as our friends Ethan and Colleen all met up to go to dinner and the Bubble Lounge.

The day actually started as a bit of a fiasco. We made it almost all the way over the Cloverdale road (20 solid minutes of twisty-turney) before realizing we had forgotten the wine we were supposed to deliver to a Sonoma county-retailer. So, we had to turn back, putting us very behind schedule. To be fair, we had been dealing with a very upset dog missing some toenails due to a nasty spill during the week. We were able to wrangle some dog-sitting and so off we were finally able to go.

We had lunch with our friend Erik on the way down, then met Joe's parents at the hotel. After a magnum of Roederer there, we cabbed it to meet Ethan and Colleen at the restaurant in North Beach. The House was fantastic! My new favorite. Great food, reasonable prices, and a bottle of Sea Smoke for dinner to boot. Now the 2006 Pinot tasted too young, but I think with time it will be fantastic. The food was so gorgeous I took photos and completely embarrassed all of us at the table.

After dinner we went to the Bubble Lounge, where we ordered an assortment of cheeses and Roederer L'Hermitage, plus a selection of grower Champagnes that were delicious. I can now say that we've been to both Bubble Lounges - San Francisco and NYC - within a month.

On the way back to the hotel we popped in for a beer and some pizza for Joe - the bottomless eating machine - and then back to the hotel for some much-needed sleep.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The planets align and turkey!

On Sunday night we shot some photos of the two planets (Jupiter and Venus) aligning with the moon. One big advantage to living in the country is that we can actually see these things simply by walking outside the house. This won't happen again for 50+ years, so I'm glad we got a few snapshots while it lasted.

As for the Thanksgiving holiday, we took it (mostly) off. At least off from our day jobs. We did a few tastings on the weekend, processed orders, updated the Web site and the like. Down at the tasting room we dug and inserted some additional drainage pipe. We couldn't do much else because the sheetrockers didn't show up before the holiday. As soon as they come we'll be moving some of our supplies into the winery to de-clutter the rest of our houses and storage areas.

Both Joe and my mother's side of the family came here, which was great. We drank bubbly, our Foursight wines, ate entirely too much cheese and Thanksgiving fixings, and slept and slept. It was much-needed.

What else have we been up to? Joe got a rotisserie for his Weber bbq for the holidays, so he's been smoking all the on-sale turkeys and whole chickens we got right before Thanksgiving. Our dog, Tet, loves it because her favorite food is chicken. We don't normally cook turkey, so she's been in heaven because these are the biggest chickens she's ever seen. Mmmm....