Wine for the dead.

Each year at this time, I reflect on all of the family, friends and pets who have passed on.  Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of The Dead, is a revered holiday with indigenous roots, observed November 1st & 2nd, primarily in Mexico, but also in other parts of the world.  The purpose is to honor loved ones who have passed and beckon their spirits back to earth, by creating elaborate ofrendas or altars.  Possessions from the departed are placed on the altar, including their favorite foods and beverages.  Additional decorations are calaveras de azucar/ sugar skulls, papel picado/ perforated paper and cempasĂșchil/ marigold flowers, bringing vibrant colors and invoking positive feelings for missed loved ones. 

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An Olympic State of Mind in Lodi

To cap off all of our posts about the recent Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, CA last month, I would like to give out some medals. During the time we were there, the Games of The XXXI Olympiad, otherwise known as Rio 2016, were being televised. This backdrop of olympic hopefuls, representing 207 nations and 11, 303 athletes, rounded out each day of the conference, as well as that entire 2-week period. The talent, the emotional stories, the display of commitment, hard work, team work and pride was magnetizing. We sacrificed precious sleep to stay up late and watch. There were stand-outs, surprises and of course, a little controversy. So for this post, in alignment with the Olympics, I am giving nods to some wines, wineries and other noteworthy establishments in Lodi. Let the games begin!

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A Commentary on Ironstone Vineyards.

As Gabe mentioned in the previous post, we stayed for a post Wine Bloggers excursion to Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA, in the Sierra foothills. What. A. Place. First off, it is massive. Our tour lasted several hours and we were moving expeditiously. With vineyards, a museum, caverns, a gift shop, a tasting room and an amphitheater, it is a lot of ground to cover. Thankfully we had an attentive team to escort us around the property. Gabe's post visually sums it up. At long last we were led into a grand ball room, all set up for our vertical tasting. Wine time!

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