Sunday, January 27, 2013

LA Times Wine of the Week: Cowhorn's Biodynamically Grown Syrah!

Congratulations to Cowhorn for getting a Wine of the Week pick from the LA Times (where my former, when-we-lived-in-Rockridge next door neighbor S. Irene Virbilia is the wine critic) for its Syrah.

This biodynamically certified vineyard and its excellent winery, which grows only Rhone varietals, are favored by many, including Wine Spectator's Matt Kramer. Robert Parker's rated their higher priced reserve Syrah 91 pts.

It's a fabulous place - see these photos from my trip there.

And savor the moment! This is a very impressive kudo.

Winemaker ("I'm not a winemaker") Bill and Barbara Steele have been long time financial experts helping organic farms manage the business side of their operations.   Former Marin County residents, they moved to southern Oregon to start their vineyard and were biodynamic from the start - and now, in a quiet way, have become a poster child for biodynamic practices in an area (southern Oregon) where they are the only organic winery around.

So there's all the more reason to celebrate their success!

Superlative growing practices can yield attention-getting results.

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