Monday, October 22, 2012
The world is a better place due to wineries and I am looking forward to the day when they are available on all country trips...well, at least that is my opinion. We stopped at this winery in the photo above in the apple country in Pennsylvania last week. It has only been in existence for about five years. Yes, my European and South American readers can turn up their noses at this. We are babies in this industry, at least on the east coast, and I admit, most of the wines reflect that in lack of sophistication.
This winery is called the Hauser Estate Winery and the building itself is brand new. I was told by the visitors center staff in the town when asking for directions to the winery to look for a lovely building on a hill. Well, one person's "lovely building" is another person's new and somewhat boring rock structure. They do have the catbird's seat on the hill, though.
This view is across an agricultural area known primarily for its apple orchards. One can purchase a glass of wine and sit out on a very large patio and drink in the scenery along with the fermented grape juice. They even have shawls and wraps near the door to borrow on cold days. On our day there was no need for anything but a light sweater.
But this post is more about the conversation that I had with the woman who poured our (my) wine. (They have apple cider for those who want a less strong drink.) She is the (one of the?) granddaughter(s) of the man who created Musselmans apple products in America, most famously you may know the applesauce. Her mother and two aunts have built this winery as their new enterprise and 80% of the grapes they grow are used in their wine. The daughter went on to say that they were moving into the wine industry because it now was cheaper to import apples from China to make applesauce then to grow them in our own country. It now is cheaper to import apples from China to make applesauce in this country then to grow the fruit in our own country! We no longer manufacture most things in this country...we don't even grow fruit economically it seems even with the rising costs of fossil fuels! What would Johnny Appleseed say? Or, perhaps, he viewed this on a much smaller more personal scale when he took his trek.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Honoring my ongoing promise to myself to be more 'in the moment', I fixed a dinner of rosemary lamb chops, garlic and curry roast potatoes, and a healthy baby spinach salad with orange-wedges (from my favorite clementines), thin red onion slices and almonds. The meal was beautiful to look at and in honor of being in the moment I did not rush away to take a picture for the blog. (The picture above was taken on another day with silly glasses that do not match.) I took my time to inhale each captivating smell as I sat down for dinner, and while we do not say grace, I was thankful in my heart and soul and to the powers that be for this meal. I slowly chewed each bite of food and let the flavors linger before swallowing. My husband and I respected the value and precious quality of this meal and the quiet time we had to linger over it.
My husband had made a fresh pitcher of cold green tea and in keeping with the spirit of the moment I brought the glass to my nose to inhale as if it were a fine wine before taking my first sip. The green tea had been enhanced with a sliver of the little kaffir lime that had clung to the tree for months before falling to the floor when I turned the tree in the sun that morning. When I inhaled, the aroma was like a verdant spark. It was lime but not lime. It was like a sweet floral perfume but not heavy or out of place. It was better than even drinking the lovely green tea itself. This gift from the 4 foot citrus plant in a green plastic pot tucked in the corner window was one of the best gifts I got over the holiday season.
I will try to be in the moment more often.
Friday, December 12, 2008
There are clementines out there from Morocco as well I found out today. I bought the box and the surface of the rind is not as smooth as those from Spain. They are as sweet and as easy to peel but even though the box says seedless, I got an average of 5 seeds from each Clementine!! Buyer beware. Spanish clementines are expensive but worth the price. Also make sure that someone has not removed a citrus or two from under the netting!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Every year at this time I pick up a container of clementines from the market. I make sure they are the ones from Spain as I was disappointed one year from a box of 'so-called' clementines from California. Once I get them home I put them in a hand woven basket where they are seen each time we walk by. Since they are seedless and sweet both hubby and I eat them like popcorn!