Thursday, December 23, 2010
This winery, Peju Province, is in my mind notable not for the wines they produce, but for the strangely pruned sycamore trees that line the winery's driveway. These poor, pathetic trees lean northwards in unison all year long as if besieged by a constant, raging wind from the south. It doesn't seem right somehow that each Platanus occidentalis is pruned to within an inch of it's life. Where are the outraged tree-huggers? However, come Christmas-time it's a different story. Bedecked in glowing, red fairy lights these trees suddenly become a wonderful sight to behold and one tends to forget that the wines within are not so spectacular.