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Wine Country

Blog_Inspireca_I never really realized how amazing wine is.  When I say that, I don’t mean that I haven’t tasted all sorts of amazing wines and enjoyed their after-effects.  What I mean, really, is the grape and the incredible subtly that it takes to make wine and the enormous variations of grapes that can stand alone or be mixed with other grapes to produce varietals.  Having spent a week in Napa, Sonoma, Santa Rosa and the North Coast interviewing Winemakers, grape growers, distributors, and an array of people involved in California’s enormous wine making industry, I have a whole new appreciation for the grape.

The Northern California wine industry has experienced an explosion over the last decade with thousands of people jumping into the industry’s indie, signature grape production.  Boutique wineries and vineyards have been cropping up all over Northern California over the last 10 years taking advantage of the vine science taught at UC Davis and a series of other colleges throughout the region.  Napa and Sonoma were bustling with eager wine tasters and hybrid vintners eager to satisfy their desire for the next best California wine. 

One vineyard that stood out amongst the crowd was Esterling Wines (Silver in Spanish) in Anderson Valley.  Murio Sterling who has been in this business all of his life, now has his sons running the business and has had his Riesling in the White House through four administrations.  Murio owns multiple vineyards throughout the Anderson Valley and Napa, and talked about the key to his success being patience and understanding nature.  As we stood high above the Anderson Valley looking at the vineyards for Esterling, he talked about a longer than usual winter and that this year it is possible the grapes won’t reach maturity.  He said that most vineyards don’t plan for this, but he accepts that there are years that the grapes won’t make it, but being in this business for years he has come to plan for and appreciate what nature brings.
We left with two bottles of the most amazing, award winning Pinot Noir.
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Wednesday (Feb. 10) is Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Friday (Feb. 12) is Lincoln’s 207th birthday. Sunday is Valentine’s Day. On Ash Wednesday, with foreheads marked with a cross of ashes, we hear the words, “From dust thou art and unto dust thou shalt return.” Reminding us that our bodies, made of matter, will remain here on Earth when we are called back. It is our Soul that will take us home again. Lent offers us 40 days and nights of purification in preparation for the Resurrection (Easter) festival (an initiation) and for the Three Spring Festivals (at the time of the full moon)—Aries, Taurus, Gemini. The New Group of World Servers have been preparing since Winter Solstice. The number 40 is significant. The Christ (Pisces World Teacher) was in the desert for 40 days and 40 nights prior to His three-year ministry. The purpose of this desert exile was to prepare his Archangel (light) body to withstand the pressures of the Earth plane (form and matter). We, too, in our intentional purifications and prayers during the 40 days of Lent, prepare ourselves (physical body, emotions, lower mind) to receive and be able to withstand the irradiation of will, love/wisdom and light streaming into the Earth at spring equinox, Easter, and the Three Spiritual Festivals. What is Lent? The Anglo-Saxon word, lencten, comes from an ancient spring festival, agricultural rites marking the transition between winter and summer. The seasons reflect changes in nature (physical world) and humanity responds with social festivals of gratitude and of renewal. There is a purification process, prayerfulness in nature and in humanity in preparation for a great flow of spiritual energies during springtime. Valentine’s Day: Aquarius Sun, Taurus moon. Let us offer gifts of comfort, ease, harmony, beauty and satisfaction. Things chocolate and golden. Venus and Taurus things.

 

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