vibes and vertices about the day’s development. Just came from the crush pad where Glenn showed me the Syrah pressing, next to the Grenache and Mourvedre add, for their Rosé project. The first press or “rain” as I thought of it of Syrah was darker than you or anyone would expect from a Rosé effort, nice thick strawberry and cherry, wild berry rile to its presence, while the second rain was lighter and with more wildness to its fruit quality, almost like a (though I hate the word) tartness. Britt and I went to see what the brix was on the GR/MV co-ferment. About 24.6, if I remember right. Then they press that and add to tank, but it seems this vintage there is a concern with juice.. all the more to my winemaking momentum.
At the Starbuck on Hopper, which had the longest line I’d ever seen here, so far, since my consistency of visits, taking nearly 15 minutes to get my mocha and sit here for my morning words and expressions, musings or whatever you’d want them to be tagged– my visions and dreams wander sitting here thinking about the wines I’ll make and how I’ll write about them, what my sister and parents and everyone would think. What Doug, my lunching friend from yesterday, would think. And my other projects… Would love the whole day to just STOP, focus, get done what I need. But now I head to Arista where for sure there’s only more content.. more and more and more than I can handle but somehow I’ll find a way to press it out like this morning’s Syrah and have it settle in my barreled prognostications, measurements of a literary life and winemaking anchor-theme.. Like I always say, I’ll write everything for the day, everything and show my readers, you, what I see in this wine world, the conversations and what’s said, everything from a worker’s worry of what’s on the schedule, who they have coming in, do we have enough bottles open, to what time does the wedding start and when do we close (if we have a wedding).
The slow nature and character of this coffee hole continues, with people collecting and pocketing just in front of me, mostly with scowls about, wondering what the hell is taking so long and will they be late to whatever. And many have the day to themselves today, normal people unlike me as it’s Saturday, and they frown and frown, and roll their eyes when name called. I sit here and laugh below the moving characterization of surface, wondering how the rest of my day’s to go.
Now all these flies fly around me for torment or amusement, I’m not sure, but I’m annoyed and wonder what else the day plans on throwing at me– Started with the sun in my eyes, so much I had to lean my head out, on San Miguel. Then again on Hopper causing me to nearly miss the crush pad–
And now someone sits next to me. Leaving.