I have to start by saying that I love wine. I have a deep love for wine. I would drink it every day if I could, but if I am being completely honest about it, I would probably fall asleep during meals if I had as much wine as I dream about. So instead, I will spend my days thinking, talking, and producing my wine.
Living in central California has given me the distinct advantage of having the best type of climate to really grow wonderful wine grapes. My specialty has been with the tempranillo, but I am not opposed to dabbling with other grapes as well. Each variety of grape is so unique and produces such an independent flavor, that I could grow thousands of varieties and never be bored with it. Then when you consider how much the flavor of the grape takes into account the soil that it is coming from as well as the sunshine, air quality, and rainwater, you will understand why two different wineries can have the same variety of grapes, but not have remotely the same type of flavor from them.
Part of my mission is not just to educate people about the wonder and delight that is wine, but I would also like to encourage more females to get into winemaking. Historically in Europe, winemaking was something that only men had a direct hand in. Women could help harvest the grapes of course, but the caretaking, production, and fermenting was all overseen my men, which is naturally common throughout history in general, but there has been a particular brand of sexism when it comes to creating wine. So much that it is still today a male-dominated industry. It is ridiculous when you think about it. In most places around the world that have a patriarchy, the women are usually responsible for taking care of the food. And somehow, despite the fact that we are able to grow crops, take care of animals, and create food, we are not equipped to be able to properly produce wine. My personal assessment on the situation is that men enjoy the fact that wine can make you inebriated if you are not careful and therefore are more interested in exactly how well the wine succeeds in the process. Of course that is my own personal sexist assessment on the situation which is completely unfair as well.
So grow all of the grapes that you can and enjoy yourself a bottle of delicious wine. I do not care if you like it dry or sweet or carbonated, but you should be able to find a variety of wine that will help you understand why people used to consider wine a spiritual act instead of work or survival. And in some religions, wine is still very much a part of it. All I know is that I would include win as being my own personal religion and I will continue to grow my grapes and enjoy my wine. Cheers!