Category Archives: Vineyard News

A Definitive 2019 Vintage Update and Recap

Part 1 With the 2019 harvest and crush now in the books, it’s time to start prognosticating as to the overall quality, or at least that’s a common request in the tasting room. But before we start down that interesting … Continue reading

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A More Technical Grape Growing Report for 2019

I recently was contacted by a journalist regarding the more difficult growing conditions for grape farmers in the foothills this year. Her question was about mildew on the grapes and the potential need for wineries to throw out a lot … Continue reading

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What Does All This Rain Mean?

I’d have to say that the number one question I’m getting right now in the tasting room is, “So what does all this rain mean for the vineyards?” With over 80 inches of the stuff this last winter, I wish … Continue reading

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The Art of Pruning—Part 1

If you think back to the origins of agriculture, no doubt the domestication of animals was one of the most important changes our distant relatives could have made. Equally innovative is the concept of preparing soil and the planting of … Continue reading

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Springtime in the Vineyards

Since starting our transition to naturally-farmed (organic) vineyards in 2011, we’ve fully embraced the fact that we were going to be spending more hours in the vineyards than ever before. Although we’ve never looked back on the decision as anything … Continue reading

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The 2015 Wrap-up!

Now that we’re a month into the new year with the Presidential race in full swing, it seemed like I’ve had enough time to digest the 2015 business year at the winery. All in all, it was a good year … Continue reading

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The Blessings and Curses of a Short Compact Harvest!

Ah, the 2013 harvest. It was mid-October, and the crusher, press and hoses were all cleaned and put away for the 2014 vintage. “Isn’t that a hint early?” you ask. “Yes, yes it is!” we respond. The fact is I … Continue reading

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