January 26, 2019

We sell out of Pinot Noir each year, which is a good thing from the perspective that we can be sure at least some folks approve of what we're doing.  On the other hand, we would rather have enough wine to fill all the orders and we would like to have enough inventory t...

December 11, 2018

After the grape harvest comes into the winery in the fall and gets processed from grape clusters to must and juice, the most critical part of winemaking is next: Fermentation. This is when wine acquires the flavors and aromas that make it the wine it will be.  The grap...

September 27, 2018

After a lot of waiting, the grapes of the Santa Cruz Mountains are reaching varietal ripeness.  Our first harvest was one of our suppliers; Thurston Vineyard.  This is a supplier we tried out last year with a small batch.  Their Pinot Noir vineyard is so well tended th...

September 23, 2018

The grapes are now fully mature and we're getting close to harvest.  The cooler weather this fall has caused a delay in reaching full varietal ripeness for the harvest to take place of about 3-4 weeks.  This is actually great news.  The extra hang time is helping ensur...

July 2, 2018

As of the final week of June, the flowers on our vines have turned into fruit.  In the wine business, when talking about these early stage grapes, we typically (and for unknown reason) call them "berries".  At this point, the farmer can get an idea of the success the v...

June 13, 2018

Those "clusters" I talked about in the last blog post are now opening into flower clusters as you can see in the accompanying photo.  The weather had been very cool and we needed some heat for best fruit set.  That's just starting to happen.  The timing is great and it...

May 8, 2018

I was talking with a wine-loving friend who asked if this is a quiet time in the vineyard.  While explaining the many activities going on now, I could see that he was interested in knowing more about what goes on in the vineyard.  That gave me the idea to do a series o...

March 4, 2018

We've been looking forward to bringing out our first Zinfandel and Cabernet and last week we determined them ready to go.  They had both been a little rough after bottling last summer and last week they were both smooth as silk.  These are our first releases from grape...

February 15, 2018

Caroni makes a nice rototiller, but it's impossible to get a technical bulletin on any maintenance from either the retailer or the manufacturer.  They DO make the parts list available, but that's it.  When mine developed seepage at the drive end seal, I needed to do th...

February 15, 2018

In anticipation of the eminent selling out of our 2015 Pinot Noir, we began evaluating for release the 2016 Pinot Noir, which had been in bottle since September, following its year in barrel.  Happily, we can say that the 2016 follows the exact same flavor profile as o...

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