Thursday, 27 June 2019

Wine tasting in Galicia

Carolina and Maria arranged for us to taste some wines that Paco & Lola produces that we might not have experienced yet. We started with the Follas Novas which predates the Paco & Lola brand. It's the wine that the growers are fond of and true to. It had an interesting zing to it. The Paco & Lola is smoother, less acidic. But it has a really interesting hint of nuttiness on my palate.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Visiting Vineyards in Galicia

Diego, Carolina, Maria, and Alex 

We had a fabulous day visiting vineyards that belong to the cooperative of Paco & Lola. Diego is the man in charge of Viticultura for the coop. He visits all the vineyards, manages the disease and pest control, decides when to harvest, and maintains relationships with all the growers. What a delightful and knowledgeable man. He loved that someone was interested in the vines and not just the wines.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Paco & Lola - a truly inspiring coop

We took the opportunity while sailing in Galicia to visit the Paco & Lola vineyards and winery which is only about 6 km from Sanxenxo which has a big marina. We tied Aleria up the night before, had a lovely meal in town with a delicious house Albariño wine, mussels, langoustines and oyster mushrooms fried in a light batter. We had an entertaining young waiter trying out his English to boot. Overall fun.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Vineyard pals

Vineyard cats: Mini on the right and Cinquo, the white splotch on the left.
Itsy invisible dozing in deep grass.

It was a beautiful day yesterday so I took some time to tie up the 2-y-o vines to the poles Alex erected and to pull and tramp down the grass around the vines. We lost 4 Solaris vines, two to the power scythe and two to unknown causes. We're not going to worry about them. I was supervised in my duties by three vineyard cats and nine donkeys in the field next door. Cinquo, Mini and Itsy have taken up residence in the sheltered vineyard grounds, and the Inishturkbeg rescue donkeys are grazing our fields for the summer.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Flowering has begun

Flower clusters on Rondo vines

Well, May was a strange month. Much cooler than normal. Only 11.7°C degrees mean air temperature compared with the three prior years being about 13°C. And whereas it started out dryer, it ended wetter at 112.5 mm compared with 60-70 mm in the last three years. These values are reported for Newport, only 7 miles away and on the water much like we are.  

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

UK getting warmer and wetter

This chart presents a comparison of annual averages for key meteorological
 indicators in the United Kingdom from 1961 to 2017. 

Statista has created an effective infographic to illustrate the findings of a new report showing what effect climate change has already exerted on UK weather. They wrote,

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Irrigation of vineyards

Being just a tad paranoid about this prolonged lack of rain (although we had small amounts overnight the last few nights), I did a little research. I unearthed (pun intended) a study in Galicia that investigated if there was a benefit to irrigation of Albariño vines. Their conclusion: no economic benefit and some detriment to the product.

"As a consequence, gross incomes were not significantly increased by irrigation. The results obtained in this study provide useful information for saving water in agriculture, suggesting that irrigation is not a viable agricultural practice under the conditions of this trial."