I'm an unabashed lover of French wine (and Italian, Californian, etc.), and there are certain grapes we grow in California that just don't ring my bells like the French versions do. Syrah is one of those grapes. Making up the red wines of the northern Rhône almost exclusively and extremely important in the southern Rhône … Continue reading Stinking of France…
There are many factors that conspire to make California almost uniquely susceptible to fire. In the last several years, fires in Sonoma and Napa counties have severely affected the quality of the fruit coming off vineyards. The Livermore Valley has been lucky in that it isn't surrounded by a lot of trees and inaccessible areas … Continue reading 2020 Adds Fire to the Menu of Horrors
Never have we experienced so much uncertainty...the health of our family and friends, the long-term health of our business, the way the world will look after Covid. In the midst of all that we do not know comes the one thing that we can count on, the one thing that creates the foundation upon which … Continue reading The Fruit Abides
Harvest snuck up on me again. I've been doing this long enough to know when the first grapes will come in, but each year I'm still surprised. Harvest is holy. Harvest is hard. Harvest is healing.