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Harvest Season Looms as County Fire is Extinguished

August is when we begin to feel the seasonal pace of things pick up a notch, and everyone knows the deadline of fruit on the vine drives the calendar.  There is wine to go into bottle, barrels to sort, new barrels to mildicide and number, and vineyard visits to schedule Read More…

Napa Valley Vintners Premiere

This year, we’re hosting a Premiere preview event along with our new neighbors next door, Mira Winery (www.mirawine.com) and Hoopes Vineyard (www.hoopesvineyard.com).  Just to make it interesting, we decided to collaborate on a joint lot of 20 cases – all three of us are contributing wine to the blend, which Read More…

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…

Early Summer in Napa Valley

The early summer growing season is in full swing now – Chardonnay berries are the size of   peas and the Merlot, always a bit behind, is about the size of BB shot.  This week, we’ve had some typical summer weather.  Heavy fog in the early morning, gradually clearing by noon, Read More…

November 2015 – Three Little Words

RAIN RAIN RAIN Those are the three little words I’m referring to – the musical patter of raindrops greeted us this last night as the first storm system of the late fall season swept in off the Pacific.  Often observed close to Christmas, “El Niño”, the weather system characterized by 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…

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…

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…