This is a well known Aussie vineyard that has been making wine for five generations. Now run by a husband and wife team, they create exceptional wines.
This mellow red has soft plum and berry notes with a hint of chocolate, yet is light enough to enjoy by itself without food. And because it is not too heavy, it is a perfect compliment for a cheese tray on a summer night.
It is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Viognier and while not necessarily a bargain at about $30, it is a really lovely wine and I was happy to discover it.
When I was growing up, at the end of August, I'd eagerly await the harvest of Silver Queen corn, an almost sweet variety with small, pearl-like kernels. At the end of the day, it was a ritual to take the back roads to a certain farmstand and get a dozen fresh picked ears for dinner -- no buying it in the morning or -- quelle idee -- the day before. It had to be hours off the stalks or not at all. And what a treat it was.
With all the incredible local produce available in Southern California, I have always wondered why Silver Queen was never available here.
A few weeks go, much to my great delight, some incredibly thoughtful friends surprised me with this gift:
I was thrilled.
Now to create our cornfield.
First, making beautiful dirt from a very forlorn corner of our little yard.
Ahh the possibilities:
Here's what we ended up with:
So we dug up our powdery soil and mixed it with the compost to make a rich and welcoming area.
The packet said growth would appear in 4-5 days.
and lo and behold:
2 inches and a row!
Yikes! 9 inches and it's starting to be a field!
To be continued...
By the way, the kernels pictured on the seed packets are WAY too big -- the corn was left on the stalk a week too long!