It's the third episode, and we're paying homage to the Queen of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, the recently deceased Ursula K. Le Guin. In this episode we take a little bit of a break from the “hardcore wine education” and more just have a conversation about an author, her works, and her legacy. We do talk about winemaker Angela Osborne, whose wine the Land of Saints Grenache/Syrah we were drinking. Not just because there was a Dragon on the label...
Angela's primary project, A Tribute to Grace, consists of wine made entirely from the Grenache grape in Santa Barbara, California.
Ursula Le Guin's two primary series were the Earthsea Series and the Hainish Cycle. We talk mostly about the First book of the Earthsea series, A Wizard of Earthsea, and the first book of the Hainish Cycle, The Left Hand of Darkness. Definitely check them out if you haven't already!
Fun fact: ironically, I, at least, call the protagonist of A Wizard of Earthsea by an incorrect name, Gen, when his true name is Ged. I would definitely have no power over him.
We do talk about archipelagos, and thus we talk about Greek wine! Three of the primary white grapes of Greece are:
- Retsina- what Emma doesn't mention is that Retsina is unique for its addition of pine sap. Here's a fun article about Retsina here.
- Moschofilero- (fondly referred to in my store and home as "Meow-schofilero"). Here's some info here.
- Assyrtiko- the most complex and layered of these three grapes. We'll talk more about it later, but for now, check this out.