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Grapes are Coming In – HARVEST

Harvest has begun in Napa, the culmination of a vintage year of unusual weather.  Our drenching rains of winter refilled aquifers and then some.  Flooding in Napa downtown has been a news staple for many generations.  But the recently completed work on utilizing acres of lowlands at the south end Read More…

Harvest Starts in the Vineyard

To review, in January, February, March we experienced biblical levels of wet – parts of Napa got almost as much rain as the last three years combined.  This was followed by a mostly chilly, damp, foggy spring.  No clear weather pattern developed; we swerved from nice and warm one week, Read More…

Bordeaux opens its doors to Napa

Napa has long used the wines of Bordeaux as a measure of quality, a goal, a definition of style.  And why not?  Bordeaux has two thousand years of wine production, reaching back to the days of the Roman empire and it’s thirsty citizens in the first century AD.  The middle Read More…

The next vintage has begun…

Napa has been enjoying a couple of weeks of pretty days – so welcome after weeks of rain and chill.  Our Chardonnay has mostly popped new green shoots, which is the official start of our next vintage year.  Some of the Merlot has popped as well, a bit unusual.  Perhaps Read More…

Early Spring at BELL

The water level has been THE story of the last several months, but with the end of February, Premiere Napa Valley takes center stage.  This two part picture displays the difference an hour can make, taken just as the doors open and again, at mid-morning this last Saturday, in the Read More…

SUN is here today

Welcome to 2017!  This is being sent while we have a sun break, before the rain returns in earnest for the weekend.  Napa has had almost 20 inches of rain by New Year.  As you can see in this picture, the little slough behind our winery is over half full.  Read More…

2017 is on the Horizon

It’s the last week before holidays command everyone’s complete attention.  We are busy closing annual files, making last additions to wines in barrel, and tracking errant shipping orders.  Temperatures have dropped.  My thermometer was under 30 for the first time this season.  Our fence posts were thickly frosted with white Read More…

Late Fall at Bell Wine Cellars

We can hardly believe it is the middle of November – the whirl of harvest and then traveling to work in the Florida market has us spinning.  While we were in Florida, Napa received several days of rain.  YAY!  See how deep green the grass next to our driveway is Read More…

2016 Harvest is a Wrap! Holidays are almost here!

Our first, drenching October storm is behind us, leaving one and a half inches of rain in Napa, twice as much in St. Helena.  We’ve wrapped up bringing in the fruit, and now all the action is inside the winery.  Over the last five years, we’ve gradually added new vineyards Read More…

Harvest is Happening!

It’s happening!  Harvest report from BELL Our Sauvignon blanc is in the cellar and is almost completely dry.  10% of the wine is in barrels, including a new one designed expressly for Sauvignon blanc, with a very narrow shape that is about 8 inches longer than our usual Bordeaux barrels.  Read More…