Year of the Boar
Don Luis bagged the damage causing Boar.
I guess many of you are aware that
2007 is the “Year of the Boar” in the Chinese Calendar.
The Boars, themselves, may also be
aware! This summer they decided to invade our vineyard area, and you can
imagine, with harvest approaching, how nervous we are about our vineyards. The
Boars have the reputation of breeding rapidly and doing much damage.
Fortunately, Don Luis, a long time
employee was able to bag an offending Boar with his .22 and hopefully
discourage more of them from coming
As you can see from the photos, Don
Luis is now famous as a cook as well as a hunter. He dressed the Boar and then
prepared a Boar feast for all of our vineyard and winery people. He cut the
meat into pieces, added salt and boiled for 2 ½ hours in a large copper kettle.
With no exceptions, everyone liked this meat, and said it tasted like beef
brisket. I wasn’t there when he cooked the delicious liver but hardly any of
the Boar meat went to waste.
Our harvest finished this year mid
October, and the berry size is the smallest we’ve ever had. This is great
because small berries add flavor and color to the wine. Dimitri, our winemaker,
is even having thoughts of the best harvest ever!
Don Luis also cooked the Boar for the staff o enjoy. It was great!