|Sunday April 19, 2015
Of course I will not send that jumbled
email to the County I posted last night. I did not show what I had sent
Friday to Martin. I mentioned in the email to him that I have a new
accountant and they should wait for an updated equipment report. We will
see what they come back with. I don't expect much love because like I
said before they want to get as much money from me as they can.
I am heading out soon to pick up Pat who has
been in The City for 7 days. Susie my 27 year old flew in from Seattle
yesterday and I will pick her up also. Susie is always a challenge and
plenty of fun. She keeps me young. Next week end is the Passport event
so we have a lot of friends and relatives coming to help. it should be a
real fun time.........
Thursday April 23, 2015
I used to think if I got a barrel which
was aged less, like 18 or 20 months of drying, I would get a strong
impact from the barrel. I have been wrong in some ways. Barrels aged
longer impact flavor to our wines so I am learning more and hearing more
and so I am interested in learning more about barrels.
Barrels aged less do depart tannin but we have enough tannin now so if
they are aged longer things change. Below is a quote from a barrel
maker who I respect:
"WE DID AN EXPERIMENT once ...18, 24 and 30 month dry...medium, med plus
and heavy toast...the less time the wood is seasoned the more obvious
the flavors and the more astringency you get...the toast is almost like
smoked ham...the longer you season the wood the more subtle the wood and
the smoother the flavor...so perhaps you get less flavor but the flavor
is better and you get more good fills...."
So I am purchasing some Hungarian oak barrels which were aged 4 years. We will see.....
The County finally came back to me and said
they are moving on, thus they have finished my audit and they are
sending me a refund!! I was shocked and happy. I still will have an
appointment with a new accountant next week.