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November 2014

  Am I the only one lamenting the diminishing daylight?  Month by month, our light has flattened out low over the southern horizon and slowly reduced the size of its arc.  The front picnic area no longer has any sun after 11AM as the winery roof now shades what used Read More…

Post Harvest Power Washing at BELL

Our newest wines have made it through initial fermentation and are taking their first of several long naps in barrel – ahhh, the wonders of beauty sleep.  While they snooze through a secondary fermentation that changes acid structure, we’re taking the opportunity to rid the tank room of the accumulated Read More…

October 2014

October 2014 has not been like most Octobers, and that’s not a bad thing!  No wringing our hands about potential storms swooping in off the Pacific this year!  All of our grapes came in early, with our last load arriving at the cellar door on the 6th.  I can’t recall Read More…

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…