Early 2018

Budbreak Early 2018 Although pruning the grapevines is a long and very labor intensive task, winegrowers and laborers endure it each year. Vines go into winter dormancy in November or December losing their leaves and leaving only bare cane shoots in their canopies. Though not…

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The Photographer’s Take

   As the photographer’s take I am always amazed as I travel through Sonoma’s Wine Country at it’s ever changing appearance. That little green bud that emerged at the end of the stem just a little over a month ago has made some amazing progress.  It…

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“What’s Happening Now That Harvest Is Over?”

  Harvest is over and November was a busy month inside the winery and out in the vineyards and December is no different.  In the vineyards, carbohydrates continue the slow journey down into the roots in preparation for dormancy.  With temperatures dropping the grapevine leaves…

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Veraison (Ver-ay-shon)

Veraison (Ver-ay-shon) As I was walking through a Pinot Noir vineyard in our Russian River Valley, I marveled at the beauty of yet another stage in the life of the vineyard.  Veraison is being seen all around Sonoma’s Wine Country.   Veraison is a critical…

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The Uniqueness of Sonomaʼs Wine Country

  As various varietals are starting to blossom in some of our AVAʼs (designated wine grape- growing region) and others are on the way. It reminded me of the uniqueness of Sonomaʼs Wine Country. Sonoma is so large, and because it has both coastal and…

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Pruning Season..the beginning

Pruning Season..the beginning.  When I think of pruning season it brings up visions of mustard grass and the changing of the vines into organized structures. This is the beginning of what this year’s grapes will become.  Yet pruning is so much more.  When the grape…

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Another Sonoma Wine Country Crush

  Another Sonoma Wine Country Crush    To most the time of year from August through mid October is known as Harvest in the Sonoma Wine Country.  However around the wineries many refer to it as the Crush.  So what are those who call this…

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ZINFANDEL – A California Original

ZINFANDEL – A California Original Well, for those of you that know wines, you are going, Hey – that’s not right, Zinfandel didn’t originate in California. Yes, that is correct, in fact Zinfandel is thought to be originally from Croatia. However, with its abundance of…

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Pinot’s Potential

For my Readers – below a quote from Miles to Maya from the movie Sideways about why he feels the way he does about the red grape varietal Pinot Noir: Miles (trying to explain to Maya why he is so into Pinot Noirs): “It’s a…

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Why Sonoma County?

Why Sonoma County? So why Sonoma County?  We first came to the Sonoma Wine Country in 1987 while visiting San Francisco and fell in love with the area.  Even though we visited many wine regions around the world, every time we returned to the Sonoma…

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