2.5 DAYS, 18 TIME ZONES, MANY BOTTLES AND ZERO SLEEP

ANCESTREL VISIT SONOMA 07.18

 

Sky Winery, Mount Veeder. CA

2.5 days, 18 time zones, many bottles and (almost) zero sleep: one crazy itinerary, but worth it for the people and for the wines behind us on the slow boat back to London; for the unforgettable sight of a region recovering from wildfires that turned the horizon black and erased many old vines and livelihoods.

But for all the devastation, there’s a deep kind of acceptance here. After all, this is zerozero country — the extreme core of natural winemaking in CA — where nature holds sway and the winemakers don’t baulk at the cards they’re dealt. Wildfires are just a particularly extreme example of the precariousness of a livelihood which they know well. And if anyone could shrug off the loss of a home, vines and persevere on, it’s father/daughter winemakers like Lore and Skyla Olds of Sky winery, who have actively chosen to be mastered by nature. And us? Well, if we ever needed a reminder of what it means to partner with and invest in enterprises like this, this was it.

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