Pruning

Pruning is a winegrower’s favorite job. Especially on warm, sunny days. A small vineyardist has an intimate relationship with each vineyard block and in some ways, with each vine. Right now I am pruning the Hardscrabble Chardonnay I planted in 1985. I...

2014 Petit Verdot $32.00 Aromas: raspberry compote, smoky, eucalyptus, rare beef Palate: Old school rustic. Broad and full bodied with moderately high persistent acidity. Food Pairings: Stew, chili, barbecued ribs, or spicy sausages. Vineyard: Hardscrabble Vineyard...

Blending Trials Start and Stop

This first week of the New Year, as is our custom, we started blending trials for the 2016 Reds. We have some great material to work with as the ripeness and quality of the grapes was the best in recent memory. We started with Avenius Vineyard as there are fewer...

Muse Visit

Possibly unique to the winegrowing trade is the time honored site visit. This is where one winery operation visits another with the intention of sharing information, walking the vineyards and tasting the wines. I’ve had the opportunity to do these in situ visits...

Chicken Manure

Jonathan and I just spread 24 tons of chicken litter on land that will eventually become Cabernet Sauvignon. Perhaps not one of the more romantic aspects of vine growing, I’ve found that it is magical in the way this “black gold” can transform old...