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Updates on the vineyards in California and Oregon

November 6th, 2011|

Harvest and the fermentation activities went according to plan and on schedule. It seems as if there are so many details to monitor throughout the harvest/processing/fermentation cycle that at times it is a bit overwhelming and results in an occasional omission or two. This year we received considerable help from our wine club members who

Next month’s Napa Valley harvest should be a good one

August 25th, 2011|

Next month’s Napa Valley harvest should be a good one. I was in the vineyard this morning early just to assess the fruit and the vines and enjoy the ambience. The early mornings in the vineyard are magic. The sun is just rising over the eastern hills and the freshness of the vines is fully

The grapes have begun to change color

August 8th, 2011|

The grapes have begun to change color, officially called “veraisin”, signaling the onset of the final stage of grape maturation and the beginning of “ripening” of the crop. The color change is primarily a darkening of the grape skins with the accumulation of complex pigment substances that concentrate in the outer layers of the berry

The Rapid Growth of the Vines

June 25th, 2011|

This week in the Napa Valley vineyard, it is all about hedging and topping of the rapid growth of the vines. The fruit set, the actually development of the grape clusters, appears particularly bountiful this year. The berries are BB-like, uniform, and well formed. And the number of clusters far exceeds last year’s count so

Warm Weather in the Napa Valley

June 14th, 2011|

The weather has finally become warm in the Napa Valley and we are seeing the bright sunshine that we like to have for good growth and structure in the vines. This weekend, I am going to be topping the shoots with this evil looking French cutter that I have acquired and used regularly. It is