The Grill-Meister and I have spent an enjoyable few days with friends in the Temecula Valley, which sports over 50 wineries. There is much to share from this “Wine for No Reason” outing, but this post is just a few photos emphasizing the special relationship between wine and roses.
Many of the vineyards feature healthy, mature, blossom-covered rose bushes, some scattered across the property, and some smack-dab at the ends of the rows of vines. The “why” behind this, we learned, is that roses and grape vines are susceptible to the same types of fungal diseases. The roses function as an early warning system for the vines when they display signs of illness, sort of like the canary in the coal mine. They also attract beneficial insects that attack bugs that prey on vines.
Finally, they’re just beautiful, providing a riot of color amongst the greenery that is both vine and grape.