The almond harvest, unlike the grapes, has been abundant this year. Lack of rain doesn't seem to have deterred our lovely trees. When we first bought our farm, the almond trees were sad from neglect. When we first saw the property, it was recommended that we simply pull the trees out and start fresh. Luckily that was advise we thought best not to follow. The following year we began to aggressively prune, giving the trees a new star. And this year we have been rewarded with a bounty. And there is nothing more rewarding than an abundant harvest,
The grapes this year are another matter. The unrelenting dry spell has seriously lessened the grape crop this year, and the harvest has seen some sad moments. But winemakers are a hearty bunch, and understand the vagaries of nature. And so my friends at Ficaria Vins keep working hard. They have a new white wine that is divine, and when I dropped by the bodega at harvest time, Jaume gave me the skins. Soaking in a large black tub, the skins began to ferment, and in to this fragrant bath went my silks. And, adapting the old saying, out came a silk purse from a grapes skin. Between the delicate citrus color of the grape and the terracota color of the almonds, two new colors to add to the Colores del Priorat palette.
Coming up, the bold and beautiful reds of the Priorat. There is simply nothing more beautiful. Even the sad and unusable grapes from one hundred year old vines gave me color. This miraculous plant works all year to bear its fruit, and I'll be dammed if it's going to waste. My daughter Violet and I picked the sad little clusters and indeed, they yielded a most delightful color.