Yahoo!

For the last week I have been obsessed by the tracking of hurricanes Jose and Maria, well aware of the potential massive rains that they could inflict on our vineyards. Fortunately my staff understands the ramifications and therefor knows that I’m really not a...

Lucky Weather Break

Seems that Jose and Maria will stay off shore. This is a major relief. Very warm days and nights have accelerated ripening. We will crush a small amount of Boisseau Petit Verdot today, and then get serious in terms of quantities harvested. Tomorrow we finally harvest...

Time for Reds (and Chardonnay and Rosé)

After a bit of rest and regrouping, we’ll be back at it this week. Today Jonathan and I will be putting the fermenting Chardonnay in barrels. First we will rack (transfer) the 2016 Hardscrabble Chardonnay from barrel to tank. Once the barrels are clean and...

Waiting

We are now in waiting for more grapes to ripen. Cooler temperatures have slowed maturation. This is good for wine quality. It is also good for us as we have had a chance to catch up in the cellar and vineyard.  We are preparing equipment for red grape crush equipment....

Regroup

The first big push is over. Bottom line is that we picked and pressed all the grapes that were ripe before the onset of Irma. We have some very nice white wines fermenting. But what happened to Irma? We were lucky as Irma fell apart before impacting our area. Looks...