A Viti-"Not So" Culturist's foray into the growing and making of wine and a family in the city.
Monday September 26th 2016

Vines

Making Up for Lost Time

The shot here is of the zinfandels in all their vigor, which is a start contrast to the demise of the mourvedre.  Now [Read More]

Patience

It takes a minimum of three years to get to that first glass of wine, likely 4-5 before anything that is drinkable.  I [Read More]

This is Urban Vining

I would not categorize urban vining as easy given all the necessary research, investment of both time and money, and [Read More]

Urban Green

Paradigm Shift

  See the full gallery on Posterous Well it is here, my Nissan Leaf. It is much faster than I anticipated and climbs hills like a champ…easing sme concerns I had about power. The car is a bit like Dr. Who’s Tardis, well not to that scale but there seems to be much more rom [Read More]

Urban Vining

Best Bacon in the World

Best Bacon in the World

One of the memories I have of “home” is the smell of bacon wafting through the air in the morning as my mom was up well before everyone else setting up the foundation of their day, breakfast.  Now that my own son is growing so fast I [Read More]

Making Up for Lost Time

The shot here is of the zinfandels in all their vigor, which is a start contrast to the demise of the mourvedre.  Now the focus is on finding a replacement.  Since mourvedre takes long to mature the idea is to pick something that would take less [Read More]

Patience

It takes a minimum of three years to get to that first glass of wine, likely 4-5 before anything that is drinkable.  I wrote a post for WineMaker Magazine called Growing Patience addressing this topic. [Read More]

Gadgets

Meeting Roku 2

While working on the coop one day I heard my phone’s email sound.  I decided to check…it was an invite to a free Roku 2 San Diego meet up.  Thought why not check it out so signed up for two people and invited my long time friend Eddie who was interested in Roku. Good thing [Read More]

Vine Management

The Greatest Danger to the Vineyard

Forget powdery or downey mildew or Glassy Winged Sharpshooters with Pierce’s disease…the greatest danger to the vines in my vineyard is me.  It appears I am guilty of  Vinicide. Despite everyone stating that grapevines are very tough to kill once [Read More]

New Neighbor

Ginger Scented Geranium The newest addition to the vines is a Ginger Scented Geranium.  I am hoping this is not a death sentence for the little guy.  Truth is everything I have planted in our yard has died.  Most recently I decided to add some more elfin thyme [Read More]

Wine Bush Trees

Second year growth is starting and the vines are off to a vigorous start. Some odd growth habits with the farthest shoots significantly thicker than the closest. All 3 zins are growing well...the mourvedre however, has yet to even show signs of budding. It was [Read More]

Palate

Three Course Meal

Three Course Meal

  Amarone Fortunately for me there is much yet for me to experience and learn regarding wine.  Recently, I have seen several blog and advertisements for Amarone, so much so I felt the calling to give it a try.  Recently we placed an order for a case of wine with the Ultimate Wine Shop mix and [Read More]

Something Fishy, Red Wine Comes

Something Fishy, Red Wine Comes

 White wines have just not resonated with me yet.  When it came to fish for dinner, in most cases, I just simply had [Read More]

Vinopolis

Vinopolis

Vinopolis When I read about Vinopolis on a previous trip to Enlgand, I made sure I included it in my itinerary on a [Read More]

Coincidence? Or Cue to Celebrate?

Coincidence? Or Cue to Celebrate?

Shortly after I was left admiring the Close Encounters type mound  of grass and clay on my front lawn, what should [Read More]