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No Wine Before its Time
One Sunday while we were in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Jeanette, our friend Janet and I decided to try a new restaurant, Café Virgil. It is a bit out-of-town.
But it was worth the drive.
We sat outside in a covered patio. Next to us sat a man by himself. As we chatted away he listened and at some point made a comment and inserted himself into our conversation.
He seemed quite pleasant. I’ ll call him Doug because that is his name. He told us he was a retired surgeon from the Bay Area and now lived in a development just out-of-town. And he was a winemaker.
Doug said his property consisted of 17 acres on which he had three different vineyards. He went on to say he was in the process of building a vaulted tunnel, about 100 yards long, from his house to a out-building. It would connect the production area to a storage area.
This was all quite interesting. In the past ten years a number of vineyards have sprung up around San Miguel. As we got ready to leave, Doug gave me his card and offered to show us his winery. We said we would like that and made arrangements to meet a week or so later.
We arrived first at his home, down a long road by itself. It was a large spacious home with great views of the wild hillsides and with a very impressive vaulted tunnel leading from the house to the out-building. It was nearly complete.
Doug served us a glass or perhaps two of his wine. I liked it. Then off we toddled to Vinedo Puente Josefa. Doug’s wife’s name is Josefa and on the property there is a bridge (puente) named for her. And that is the name of the winery, Puente Josefa.
As we entered the vineyard we first came to a casual place to relax.
In the back, behind the tree, you can see some of the grape vines.
The vineyard has three areas of grape vines. I think Doug said he had 1,000 vines.
We were there after the grapes had been harvested. Some of the vines still had unpicked grapes.
These were dried husks of grapes. It seems that when the grapes are ripe and full of sugar the bees feed on them, sucking out the juice. That is one way he knows it is time to harvest. But of course, those grapes cannot be used.
Here is a healthy vine from which all the grapes have been harvested. I took this photo because I wanted a good shot of a grape leaf. I’ll show you why in a moment.
Through the property runs a ravine. It is traversed by Puente Josefa.
Jeanette and Doug at Puente Josefa.
The winery uses the bridge in its marketing theme. Doug showed me several examples of labels from pervious vintages that featured the bridge.
Here are two examples.
In the course of our visit we discussed the fact that I am an artist. Doug said “Well perhaps you could design me a label”.
So I did.
I think I’ll get a case of wine.
More to come
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