Alright, alright. It's been quite a year thus far. And I'm full of turkey at the moment and unable to find the words to let you all know how much I appreciate you reading these blogs and engaging with my content in any way that you do.
I'm taking a break from the blog this week to recharge in Osoyoos, British Columbia, the southernmost part of the Okanagan Valley.
Every winery is swamped at the moment with the flurry of getting their grapes in off the vines and onto the crush pad. If you're visiting wine country in the northern hemisphere right now, give them a break. Don't get in their face. Be nice, and be excited about tasting what's to come from the harvest that you visited during. And if you aren't interested in offering free labour, don't ask to tour the winery right now if you don't want to get yelled at to get the f*** out the way.
If you're fortunate to be enjoying the fruits, vegetables, and overall bounty of wine country right now, remember the weather. Remember how it feels outside during the day. Remember how it feels outside during the evening. During the night. During sunrise. Up high. Down low. In the middle.
Just cut the pickle, already.
Be mindful. Be still. Pour large glasses. Buy decent, seasonal produce if you can and enjoy it with a few good bottles. Or with any bottle. Or just however you need to.
Remember the implications of land that has been seized and which was un-ceded.
Give it that second thought.
You can catch me on the podcast Wednesday. Other than that, it's peace out for a week of R&R for this drunken sommelier.
Lots of love,