I don’t often drink wine or beer … but when I do, I drink only the crafted wines and beers produced by my own, Bodegas Cieli. I am, frankly, the most exciting, attractive, intelligent, interesting, kindest man in all the universe. I produce the finest wine and beer on the planet. Why would I drink anything other than the Cieli Brand? Pretenders abound, but if you are seeking the finest wine and beer experience in all the Cosmos, then you have no choice other than the wine & beer of Bodegas Cieli.
So, I’ll work on that intro. I know … it isn’t exactly the most original, but it seems to me there are some absurdly funny ways to employ that famous beer commercial in my blog. All you winemakers and brewmeisters who were ready to jump through your computer screen to rip my gizzard out, calm your milk … it’s a joke! Sort of …
The early part of the week was consumed with crushing at Montano Benson. Mario is my accountant. But he also owns a very fine small press winery. Along with so many administrative matters we dealt with this week, Mario invited me to join he and his crew in crushing several tons of grapes.
Making wine is hard work. It is also one of the most satisfying jobs I’ve ever undertaken. My knowledge is growing by leaps & bounds as I work with many different winemakers around our Valle. Philosophically, I have always had my own ideas about the wine I want to produce. Understanding other talented winemaker’s ideas and methods only enhances my ability to dial in what I want to put in my bottles.
My friend Vicente Falcone, Brewmeister at Pilot House Microbrewery in San Diego begged off the planned Friday night brew-fest here at Cieli to attend the funeral of a friend. I agreed. Beer can wait. Respect for a colleague who has made the final journey is important.
My other guests, however, were here a couple hours early. The afternoon got under way with plenty of cold beer, as we have a regular heat wave going on here in the Valle de Guadalupe. It was a battle of the defenders for their favorite Cieli craft beer between Doug Roegiers, finalist on NBCs talent search with Nick Lachey’s Sing-Off, and friend of Cieli, Mike Caruso. Doug was crazy for our Saison … so much so we coaxed him into an acapella medley of Frank Siantra tunes. You should check Doug out on YouTube. There is a very good chance Doug will become a regular performer here at Cieli when our facility is ready for the bright lights! Mike Caruso held his ground on our Golden Ale. Both are excellent beers, but it was fun to listen to my guests defend the honor of the beer they selected as their personal favorite for the evening. Logan Crow and his wife went straight to our Ore Quatro Vini. ‘Ore’ has become very popular with my guests. Developed with winemaker Ivan Coral, it is a blend of 50% Cabernet ~ 50% Tempranillo, which has spent 12 months on French Oak and 8 months in the bottle. It is a spicy wine with a wonderful floral bouquet, well balanced acid, notes of ripe berries and a pleasantly lingering finish. I don’t think it’s polite to discuss consumption of one’s guests, but it was wonderful to keep pouring for them.
Renee Caruso and I assembled the evenings taste treats while we shared back and forth between Cieli beers & wine. We may have had the best time of all. Except possibly for my little black ratter, Nebbiolo!
It is very informal here at Cieli. I am still in construction and the electricity has not come here yet … though we are looking forward to that in the near future. Guests bring along food treats for now and I provide the wine & beer and the most breathtaking setting you will ever find.
We eat and taste and share stories and simply enjoy life. I’m not sure there is a great deal more to it than that. I hope more of you will begin to come visit us here at Bodegas Cieli.
Don’t hesitate to give me a call if you have questions about what is acceptable here and what is not: 646-150-9837 As long as you’re nice and leave by around 8:00 p.m. most everything is good with me.