Friday, August 21, 2009

Perfect for Summer!

This wine is something a little different. Twin Vines Vinho Verde from Portugal. Literally translated, that means "green wine" in spanish. It's a special kind of wine that I think only Spain produces. Green meaning new, it's aged only for a short time in stainless steel casks- so there's no hint of wood flavoring. It's made with 42% Loureiro, 39% Trajadura, 19% PedernĂ£ grapes- definately not the common varietals.

It's very light in color, and about 10% ABV. It's got a very light carbonation to it. It's very light and crisp, with fresh citrus flavors. It's mild and smooth, semi-dry with flavors of lemons, limes, starfruit, and a hint of green apple, with very light mineral flavors and decent acidity. I picture this going very well with fish and seafood that is common to portugal. With the mild flavor and alcohol, this is a wonder wine to enjoy in the spring and summer on a hot day- it would also be a decent wine to serve to people who aren't much into wine.

At 7 or 8 bucks a bottle, this screw-top from across the pond is a good value and a good wine. I give it 3 and a half corks (out of 5).

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Longs Peak- Keyhole

Keyhole Route- 4000' of elevation gain, 13 miles RT

In 2009 Danny Chapman and myself hiked to the Longs Peak keyhole and back down to Chasm Lake to train for summitting Longs Peak. It's a nice trail and a beautiful area, I would recommend this hike to anyone.

Wild Columbines thrive in the harsh alpine environment
This waterfall is fed by snowmelt, and spills from the frigid chasm lake

13,000 foot peaks shrouded in clouds
It was late July, and about 40 degrees at noon.
This is the route you take to reach the summit of Longs Peak. See that trough that goes up and to the left? You climb up that on the standard Keyhole route.

They Keyhole is an interesting place that really highlights how different weather can be above treeline. It's an interesting hike for people who are hesitant to test their mettle on the summit push.