Armando Ceja of Ceja Vineyards takes a closer look at the future 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage in the cellar.
Armando Ceja of Ceja Vineyards takes a barrel sample of the developing 2008 Sonoma Carneros Merlot.
Armando Ceja of Ceja Vineyards takes a closer look at the developing Sonoma Carneros Pinot Noir. Finesse and elegance soon to be bottled!
Join Dalia Ceja as she makes her cooking debut! "Camarones a la Dalia" is an easy and succulent dish to prepare that is sure to impress all your guests. Pair this delicacy with Ceja Vineyards' Carneros Chardonnay and we promise you'll be the talk of the town!
Unearthed during excavation for building a house in a vineyard near the town of Speyer, Germany, it was inside one of two Roman stone sarcophaguses that were dug up. The bottle dates from approximately 325 A.D. and was found in 1867.
The greenish-yellow glass amphora has handles formed in the shape of dolphins. One of several bottles discovered, it is the only one with the contents still preserved.
The ancient liquid has much silty sediment. About two-thirds of the contents are a thicker, hazy mixture. This is most probably olive oil, which the Romans commonly used to "float" atop wine to preserve it from oxidation. Cork closures, although known to exist at the time, were quite uncommon. Their oil method of preservation was apparently effective enough to keep the wine from evaporation up to modern day.
The bottle is on permanent display, along with other wine antiquities, at the Historisches Museum der Pfalz (History Museum of the Pfalz), worth a visit if traveling near the area of Speyer, Germany.
Reprinted from www.winepros.org
Sparkling wine - gotta love it. Michael Wray explains the three processes of making this bubbly beverage but focuses on the traditional "methode champenoise." Of course, talking about has his limits so Michael indulges the audience on proper opening techniques using a Pinot Noir Brut Reserve from Domain Chandon.