Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice, 2014.

As the sun was beginning to set today, I made my way almost to the top of Vinoland with Vinodog 2 to admire the view.  Of course a few trees got in the way but not one, solitary raincloud spoilt the vineyard-vista.  No, today I finally got to see the sun for the first time in what seems like ages.  And how appropriate that the sun reappeared for a little while on the shortest day of the year, (although I did feel like I was being rationed).
Funny story about the vineyard in the middle of the photograph (not that funny, actually).  The gentleman who owned this vineyard passed away last year and in his will he had bequeathed the vineyard to the UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Department.  But UC Davis didn't want it, they wanted cash instead.  Apparently, contrary to what a familiar proverbial phrase claims, beggars can be choosers.  The gentleman's widow is instead leasing the vineyard to Far Niente.
Happy winter solstice, enjoy, be happy...for tomorrow it starts to stay lighter, later.
Sing it Ian!


Thud said...

Ha! I was just about to put this tune up...a classic.

New Hampshire Wineman said...

To bad the land wasn't left to you three!
I'm familiar with JT, but I've never seen/heard this before.
I was thinking more in line with:

New Hampshire Wineman said...

Practice makes perfect!

Thomas said...

UC Davis wanted cash instead of vineyard! Dare I say it: that's priceless.

VG, how did you know that the happiest day of my life is when we start the daily regain of one and one-quarter minute of daylight?

Here, however, the sun has taken an extended holiday; doubt I've seen it since November. And in this land of cool climate grape growing, the forecast is 50 degrees F and raining on Christmas day.

Thud said...

Thomas...a happy dance on the solstice from all of us then.

Trubes said...

How ungracious of UC Davis, pity it wasn't left to you!

Have a wonderful Christmas and fab New Year,

Best wishes,

Vinogirl said...

Thud: I know. I thought of you.

NHW: No, JT all the way on the solstice.

Tomasso: Thought you'd enjoy the UC Davis tidbit. But, to be fair, accepting the land would have cost the faculty an awful lot of money for management and maintenance.
I too love the fact that it will stay lighter, a little longer every day now.

Trubes: Ahh, pity :)
Happy Christmas to you and yours (and jolly old England)!