Travel is one of the greatest perks in the wine business. Typically when a person either represents a certain wine region as a buyer or as a salesperson they visit the vineyards, break bread with winemakers and of course taste the goods. I could write forever about these life-changing trips, today is about ROCKS! When packing my bags for wine trips, I most always leave a few extra pounds free to bring back a small token from the vineyards I walk through. Besides the wines themselves, the vineyard rocks provoke an exact sense of place for many years to follow with just a glance. A big glass bowl of "wine rocks" acting as a centerpiece on our coffee table is a living-room staple.
The eight rocks above are the most recent addition to our home collection. Big thanks to Eman for lugging this collection back for me!
- Blue Slate - Mosel Erdener Treppchen
- Mixture of crushed red slate, volcanic and limestone - Pflaz
- Blue Schiste - Savennières
- Silex - Pouilly Fume
- Chalk - Sancerre
- Red Slate - Mosel Urziger Wurzgarten
- Soft Red Slate - Pfalz
- Gray Schiste - Savennières