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September 2014

STOMP last ten tickets Our annual October STOMP party is almost filled to capacity; there are ten tickets left. If you’re interested in a Napa afternoon with good music, good food and some GREAT wine, we’re having a party that will feature a hop into a barrel filled with grapes. Read More…

Shake, Rattle and Roll, Napa style…

This is what happens when a M6 quake hits a winery. Normally the barrels lined up so only one face shows at the end of the line. Not today – see the back rows precariously tilting towards each other? View the full image »

August 2014

  August has arrived with its usual heat, perfect for the beginning of Napa’s harvest season.  The big surprise is the ongoing humidity.  On the 20th of July we had a sprinkling of showers.  Nothing big, but still.  Rain in July?  And then yesterday, more rain.  Nothing pelting or drenching, Read More…

July 2014

Welcome to the middle of summer, when the vineyard is beginning to strongly hint that harvest isn’t all that far off.  Our early, warm, and mostly dry spring really gave the growing season a jump start.  The lilac hues of veraison are tinting our Merlot, verifying our suspicion – harvest Read More…

June 2014

The arrival of June is always welcome here in Napa – the Napa Valley Wine Auction is held the first week, and it brings hundreds of wine lovers from around the globe for an event that is equal parts wine, fun and social.  This morning started grey and cool, our Read More…

May 2014

It’s May  -  we’re well past the beginning of spring and the vineyard is growing overnight, it seems.  Compare the pictures of a bare winter vine and the same vine now over two feet long, with a cluster of closed flowers starting to open, beginning the growing season.  All this Read More…

April 2014

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.” Henry Van Dyke, b. 1852 Welcome to April!  We’ve made it past our version of April Fool’s Day – bottling the 2013 Sauvignon blanc Read More…

March 2014

­­“This morning’s scene is good and fine, Long rain has not harmed the land.” Du Fu, Chinese poet, b. 712 A month ago we were warbling about the delights of sunny days during our rainy season.  Now it’s a different tune – our last three weeks have delivered almost three Read More…

February 2014

“Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.” Mark Twain, b. 1835 Have you ever wondered what Napa would be like without rain in January? I can assure you that it was simply lovely – lunching on our sunny patio, watch-ing fruit trees pop into early bloom, strolling Read More…

January 2014

“Eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.” -Margaret Atwood, b. 1939 January in Napa can certainly be wet and cloudy, but these first few days of 2014 have been beautiful, with warm sun and day temps in Read More…