This harvest season, remember when you enjoy your wine that the grape was crushed to get its juice out.  That is the only way that delicious wine showed up in your glass to be enjoyed.  You too have to get stomped on as a grape to get your juice out!  We have to look at the stomping we get in life as a chance to learn and refine our perspective.

grape crush

All your pain and sorrow will give you the ability to relate, tolerate and understand.  Sadness will eventually turn to joy and happiness.  Open your heart, learn to forgive, and recognize it is impossible to be perfect-although some wine comes pretty close!

We’ve got to grieve to love again, and have the courage to take the chance to decant fully with all the vulnerability, so we can taste the sublime nectar of life.

Our hearts may break and we may even lose everything we have ever known.  If we are lucky, we won’t lose our humanity or our ability to desire more.

kids crushEmbrace the harvest season and your crush….you’ll like the wine you become!

This week’s wine pick is a delicious a:


2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon

This vintage is a dream come true for Winemaker Rob Davis, combining both an excellent growing season and our new direction with fruit sourcing. Visually stunning with a deep garnet-ruby hue, this wine possesses an unprecedented elegance of fruit expression, lively acidity, tannin structure and oak integration. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry and cassis are supported by subtle hints of baking spice and vanilla from oak aging. Enjoy now or cellar through 2025.

Enjoy the link to the Jordan Vineyard & Winery video featuring Veraison which is the changing color of green grapes to red when sugar accumulation begins and acids decrease.

fig camembertContributing recipe from Le Pain Quotidien Cookbook:

Toasted Camembert, walnut & fig tartine

1 slice of Sourdough Bread

1 tbsp Fig Jam

3 0z ripe Camembert or Brie cut into 1.4 inch slices

4 walnut halves, roughly chopped

black pepper

Preheat the broiler (grill) to a high setting. Lightly toast the bread.  spread the fig jam on top, cover with the Camembert and then sprinkle the walnuts and a little black pepper over the tartine.  Place under the broiler for 3-4 minutes or until the cheese begins to melt.

Serve immediately.


Are you crushed?

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