Thank you to Eric Asimov for mentioning this post in the July 20, 2012 edition of The New York Times, Diner’s Journal “What We’re Reading.”
Meeting George Vare
“Go make Ribolla Gialla popular.” –George Vare
the berries turn a full rich yellow at ripeness.
the first vintage with consistent berries.
the plant carries a virus that causes the leaves to yellow under stress.
barrel with a window
Ribolla Gialla left on skins for 1-year, then barrel aged for 3
a gift to take home, hand labeled and capped by George Vare
Ribolla Gialla with 48 hour skin contact
sparkling Ribolla Gialla that has not been disgorged
we’ll drink it at the Ribolla Gialla party
an earlier vintage
Friuli style white: Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai Friulano, Chardonnay, Ribolla Gialla
This is why I came back to Napa Valley so quickly.
Because in doing so I could talk to more people about George Vare. I’ve made my visit about so much more than just this one lucky meeting, so much more I love to do. But I came back now so I could meet more people that had worked with Vare, never presuming to ask if I could meet him too. Then, it turned out a meeting was arranged, and I got to hear his story, walk through his 2.5 acre Ribolla Gialla vineyard (the only one producing fruit in California, there are other plantings–more on that to follow), and taste his wines too. Here are photos from the visit. Write up to follow, along with photos from a grand Ribolla Gialla tasting here in Napa Valley.
Thank you to George Vare.
Thank you to Dan Petroski.
Attending Ribolla Gialla University, Part 2: http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2012/07/19/attending-ribolla-gialla-university-part-2-a-life-in-wine-george-vare-friuli-and-slovenia/
Attending Ribolla Gialla University, Part 3: http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2012/07/19/attending-ribolla-gialla-university-part-3-friuli-fest-2012-ribolla-gialla-tasting-and-discussion/
Attending Ribolla Gialla University, Part 4: Harvest of the George Vare Vineyard with Steve Matthiasson: http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2012/09/14/attending-ribolla-gialla-university-part-4-harvest-of-the-george-vare-vineyard-with-steve-matthiasson/
Attending Ribolla Gialla University, Part 5: Russian River Valley Ribolla Gialla, The Bowland’s Tanya Vineyard: http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2012/09/29/attending-ribolla-gialla-university-part-5-russian-river-valley-ribolla-gialla/
Attending Ribollat Gialla University, Part 6: The Vare Vineyard Tasting, Arlequin Wine Merchant: http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2013/04/23/attending-ribolla-gialla-university-part-6-the-vare-vineyard-tasting-arlequin-wine-merchant/
Attending Ribolla Gialla University, Part 7: The Matthiasson Vineyard, Napa: http://wakawakawinereviews.com/2013/05/01/attending-ribolla-gialla-university-part-7-the-matthiasson-vineyard-napa/
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