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September 2015 – Harvest Happens!

If its September, it must be harvest – Napa actually began harvesting grapes for the sparkling wine houses in July.  One of the earliest harvests in the last fifty years, it’s worth remembering that it began with an early bud-break this warm, very dry spring.  The relatively even summer temperatures Read More…

August 2015 – Harvest on the Horizon

It‘s hot hot hot – just right for August.  Unfortunately, some of the HOT is due to the concern about recent fires nearby.  On July 22, the Wragg fire, believed to have started by a car accident, quickly began sending up dark grey plumes one valley east of us, near Read More…

July 2015 Summer has arrived with the Best of Napa RED!

The 2015 California State Fair handed out their awards last week, and we couldn’t be more pleased.  Many BELL fans know we don’t send our wines out for review except the few retrospectives we participate in through Napa Valley Vintners.  In general, we’ve always felt that giving one person the Read More…

June 2015 Summer is almost HERE

Hay bales have appeared on the field next door so hold onto your hat – June is here, and summer always goes so quickly!  We have the big bottling of all our 2013 reds coming up, which will certainly keep us busy, and immediately after bottling, attention heightens in the Read More…

May 2015 The Valley Speeds Up

It doesn’t rain at all in California.  Once a month, a man drives through spraying Evian.  Hugh Laurie, actor   Late spring is when Napa goes into gear, with activity ratcheting up in the vineyard, the tasting room and out in the market.  Anthony and I just got back from Read More…

April 2015 Sun Rain

Anthony and I are about to head to work in Oklahoma for the next week, and before I leave, just a quick note to let you know we’ve gotten at least a half inch of RAIN since last night.  The sound during the heaviest part of the downpour on our Read More…

March 2015 Budbreak in Napa Valley

Can you say “apical dominance”?  While walking through the Chardonnay vineyard yesterday, Anthony and I noticed the first signs of the season’s beginning.  Vines have been pruned back to the wood, but the action is at the end of the cordon.  Buds at the tips of the young, slender wood Read More…

February 2015 Winter Update

While pretty camellias brighten our February, our present focus is on the newest members of the BELL wine family from the 2014 vintage.  They are about to be evaluated out of barrel for the first time.  The vintage showed excellent potential, and the new wines were remarkable  at harvest for Read More…

December 2014

The Sun Stand Still at SOLSTICE 2014 Welcome the sun back – the vineyard was absolutely sparkling this morning.  Soon our days will become longer, heralding a new year for the vines.  Yountville has had almost 20 inches of rain so far, a wonderful bounce back from last year’s 16 Read More…

December RAIN

We’ve had RAIN – the little bit of accumulated wet from the last several weeks has made a big difference.  Cover crops in the vineyards are popping up bright green between the vines and on the winery driveway I noticed clumps of brilliant mustard, all because recent storms left a Read More…