Cinco de Mayo

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. It is not the same as Mexican Independence Day.
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more than in Mexico, thanks to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies. As a result, Cinco de Mayo generates beer sales on par with the Super Bowl.


Sangria dates back to the 18th century. The origin may be Spanish sangre (blood), in reference to the red color or Sanskrit via the Urdu sakkari (sugared wine).
There are many recipes for this Spanish delight with many regional distinctions. Traditional recipes feature red wine mixed with various fruits, sweetened with sugar. Spanish Rioja red wine is traditional, but Sangria blanca (sangria with white wine) can also be made. Last night, we enjoyed both as we celebrated the announcement of our Spanish exchange student.

Biodynamic Vineyards

FE84AED1-6927-4F63-99A9-97E6D77264DABiodynamic vineyards follow a form of alter-agriculture, very similar to organic farming, but includes concepts drawn from the ideas of Rudolf Steiner from a century ago. One such vineyard uses composts/manures from the overall farm and raises specific insects to combat the destructive ones. This concept is very appealing especially because the individual grapevine life is extended.