ナパバレー(ペジュ・ワイナリー)に行って見た


ピンクの姿をし、とんがり帽をかぶった建物がwelcome boardとともに我々を出迎えてくれた。なんて可愛らしいワイナリーに来たのだろうか。全くもってメルヘン感満載である。 おつまみや腹を充分に満たしてくれる魚や肉料理が、ワインの旨味をさらに引き立て、晴れやかな日曜日をさらに上質なものにしてくれた。     見渡す限りの葡萄畑の間を、時折吹く風や木々が触れ合う音、そしてワインで抑揚した人々の話す声が通り過ぎていく。まるで大自然の中で協奏曲を聞いているかのような気分にすらなってくる。照りつける秋の太陽は暑くはないものの、我々の頬をワインとともに赤らめた。 このまま楽団の演奏を、ほかほかの太陽の下で聞いているのも悪くはなかったが、ワイナリーに来たからには、見るもの見ようと製造工程を見学させてもらうことにした。   ペジュ・ワイナリーは1983年に設立された。ここでは有機農業をベースにし合計5品種の葡萄を栽培しているという。フランスのボルドーでも伝統的とされる品種カベルネソヴィニョン、メルロー、カベルネフラン、マルベック、プティ・ヴェルドーがそれだ。 このワイナリーの特徴は、オーガニックという以外にもある。それは、高い技術を用いた経営をしているということだ。太陽パネル720枚を設置し、ワインづくりに必要なエネルギーの40%を自社で賄っているというし、また、葡萄の木を1本ずつ管理しその品質を一定に保っているというから、また驚きだ。さすがのシリコンバレー、お膝元のなせるざわといったところだろうか。   是非上質でエコなペジュ・ワインを現地で飲んで欲しいものである。   PEJU PROVINCE WINERY 住所: 8466 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA 94573 電話: 800-446-7358 時間: 10am – 6pm HP:   http://www.peju.com

WELCOME TO MY ROOM,CUTIE


Hi I’m now in Morondava, Madagascar. Today a little guest came to my room without any notice. I was so astonished. But it made me super happy. It seems that it also was relaxed , because while I took some photos of it, it didn’t run away. Moreover it sang a song. Here in Madagascar nature and human beings live together.…

LAST WORDS TO THE NATION (SALVADOR ALLENDE)


Ex president Salvador Allende suicided at September 11, 1973. The Military dictatorship of Chile began with the end of the Popular Unity government of President Salvador Allende. And Pinochet’s dictatorship started.   Why did Allende have to die?  What did he want to say to a nation?   Here’s a last words of Salvador Allende: Surely this will be the last opportunity for me to address…

Public Baths & Tattoo


My friends in foreign countries sometimes says that they’d like to go to Public Bath(Sentō) and Hot spring. It seems that they’re interested in its uniqueness; they’ve never shared a single large bath with others and they also pay attention to the long v history. (It’s date back to the 6th century.) I also love Sentō as well as Hot spring, and I used to…

VIRTUAL TOUR: FOUR FOUR SOUTH VILLAGE


A 5 minute walk from Taipei 101, formerly known as the Taipei World Financial Center, there’s a small village named Four Four South Village. Here’s a hot spot among young people in Taiwan. Colorful doors and windows look good in gray of concrete wall.    I feel that I am wrapped with a spectacle time-slipped to the small community in 1950’s. And time…

LOVE LOVE LOVE TAIWAN FOOD


After visiting Lungshan Temple of Manka, we felt hungry. Already had sun grown dark, however it was really hot and humid outside. So we decided taking a break and having a quick dinner. We found a nice restaurant near the temple and entered.   There’re many types of Taiwan food, and it varies from place to place. The food in Northern Taiwan and…

VIRTUAL TOUR: HOUTONG CAT VILLAGE


Houtong was originally called Kau-tong (猴硐; monkey cave) due to the existence of a cave inhabited by monkeys in the early days. But now this place became famous as cat village. In this area, you can feel as if you came to the world of the cats.  Here you can see, touch and rub a kitty, and you can stop by the shop,…

HOUTONG:THE CAT VILLAGE IN TAIWAN


Have you heard that there’s a cat village in Taiwan? Once you take one step into this village, you feel as if you’re in the cat world.  Houtong, which is located 35km east of Taipei in Ruifang district, and it takes almost one hour by train. There’s usually one train about every half hour during the day, so you don’t feel uncomfortable to go there. Houtong is a…

TASTE OF PERUVIAN WINE


As you know, among Latin American countries, Argentine and Chile are world famous wine producers. But there’re other counties where people can cultivate grapes. Think about the geographical features. Peru has as a similar climate as Chile, so they have a big potential in order to produce good quality wine. Most vineyards are located on the central coast, around Pisco and Ica. And guide…

EXHIBITION: “CANTEROS” DIEGO OLIVER


Arequipa is known as “White City”. Because the city center was built in volcanic sillar rock, whose color is almost white or pink. The contrast between white buildings and blue sky is so beautiful and it made me refreshed.   Walking the street, I encountered one exhibit, named “CANTEROS”.  Canteros (Spanish vocabulary) means quarrymen, and Diego Oliver pointed his camera at the subjects. I’ve never imagine…