February 25, 2013
Welcome to WineBoy! It's been a little while since I last wrote to you, but I figured there was enough going on this past weekend that I oughta give you guys a heads up. The valley has been abuzz of excitement in preparation for Napa Valley Vintners' 17th annual Premiere Napa Valley and Patland Estate Vineyards is no exception!
June 10, 2012
Welcome to WineBoy! A common and defining theme of pastoral poetry is the depiction of an idealized world, rather than a realistic one. When the subject of my writing is the beautiful Terra del Cuore, that isn’t much of a stretch to do. Indulge your senses and enjoy the old style verse. But be warned: If you haven’t been there already, you’ll want to after this...
June 2, 2012
Welcome to WineBoy! Patland Estate Vineyards shifts into gear as we host our first annual Ferrari Owners Group tour and tasting event. Read all about the fast cars, great wines, and scrumptious food!
February 26, 2012
Welcome to WineBoy! It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s time for Premier Napa Valley, one of the biggest happenings in the wine industry of the year! This event held by the non-profit organization called Napa Valley Vintners promises to break new ground, and with that, this promises to be quite the eventful weekend for Patland Estate Vineyards.
December 19, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! In my last article, I spent a good deal of space simply describing the aesthetic beauty of Patland Estate Vineyards. Hopefully I was able to communicate at least a small part of the unique atmosphere we possess. In my closing, I mentioned something called the wine culture. I called it “the intricate interplay of people, wine, food, atmosphere, music, and art.” Fascinated by all this, I decided to further examine the subject through one of my final papers this quarter; the objective of which was to analyze the role of wine in the changing global community. Below is the introduction, which I hope will spark your interest, and maybe even raise some questions about wine and its relation to the changing world.
October 17, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! Admittedly, it’s been a little while since the last time I wrote to you. So I decided to take a quick article just to catch you up on the happenings of Patland Estate Vineyards. On Sunday, October 2nd, we held our annual Release Party at Terra del Cuorre. This year’s release was of the 2008 vintages, varietals including our Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Proprietary Red. For those of you that attended, you already know it was a huge success. For the rest of you, we only hope you’re available to join in the festivities next year. But just to give you a taste, here’s a brief re-cap (from my perspective of course):
September 12, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! Lately I’ve come to notice something about French wineries in the Bordeaux region... there’s a lot of them! And to be perfectly honest, not all of them are great. Quality of wines changes with every year and new wineries arise. But I decided I’m going to stick to the good ones, the ones that really stand out to me. Today, it just so happens, I stumbled upon one of these unique wineries.
September 5, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! Not long ago, I was walking down the cobble-stone streets of Saint-Émilion. A few blocks into the old town, I saw a man waiting for me just outside of a garage. He introduced himself to me as Juan-Carlos and said we’d be starting the tour in just a moment. Out of nowhere, an old woman comes running up to us and hands him the key to the garage. After opening the lock, he turns back to introduce the woman as Murielle Andraud, the original proprietor of Chateau Valandraud. I was in shock, meanwhile, she greeted us with a smile, and left us to our tour.
August 31, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! Previously I wrote about a discussion I had with my father, the subject of which was the French method of classification. I concluded by explaining how the French hierarchy of wine is corrupted. The central reason for this being that it was permanently established for Médoc and Graves in 1855, with the rest of Bordeaux to follow, and changing it now has become near impossible. That was a tough concept for me to wrap my head around. I thought, “If the flaws of the system are so obvious, then why haven’t people pushed for change?”
August 22, 2011
Welcome to WineBoy! While last time I wrote to you I promised reviews of specific Bordeaux region wineries, I feel it prudent to take a step back. I find it better to test French waters, before throwing you in! So let’s back up to when I was in Paris. Staying on Champs-Elysees, the main street of the French city that never sleeps, I went out one night with my father. We walked down a few blocks to a small wine bar and ordered a bottle of 2008 Grand Cru Chateau La Fleur Picon from Saint-Émilion. We sat down to enjoy it and engaged in a conversation that took us all the way to the next morning.