Monthly Archives: August 2013

Falcons in the vineyards

Today I went and checked our vineyard Yellow Rock, which is in the Sonoma Coast area. At this vineyard for the second season in a row we are using these amazing birds of prey, the Falcon. What an success it has been. This vineyard is 70 acres so it does save a lot on the…
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The Top Five Wine Snob Quotes From Our Readers

5. jengen06: "I'm not drinking the merlot!" 4. granfieldc11: "The oaked Chardonnay reminds the tongue of subtle hints of cat piss and grass while the 2007 Napa Valley Cabernet disturbs the palate with whispers of smoked Gouda cheese and leprechaun breath. And by the way - it's pronounced "Mere-LOW" not "Mer-Lot!" 3. Thumby: "I get…
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Sunday?

[caption id="attachment_1312" align="alignleft" width="300"] Great Handcar Regatta photo by The Press Democrat[/caption] Is it really Sunday? What does Sunday mean? Work on taking care of yourself as much as possible. We really make all the effort in the world to not work the crews on Sunday. It is very important for us all. Today I…
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Yellow Jacket Damage – Harvest Report 8-21-2013

I believe the largest culprit to cluster damage is the Yellow Jacket. They sting the fruit, then cause it to open up and start fermentation in the field. Something we don't want any of. So we start trapping them early. They love the dark grapes. Dirty bastards! Tony
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Barbed Oak Vineyard / Pinot Noir Swan Clone and a raccoon attack!

[caption id="attachment_1306" align="alignleft" width="300"] Black Oak Vineyard[/caption] This morning was a little rough for me. Last night my dogs got a little worked up in the house, so my wife let them out and the fight was on.¬†Two raccoons and two boxers. And eventually me. While I was trying to separate the pup from one…
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Quality Control – Harvest Report 2013

Today we are doing a quality control pass in one of our premium Pinot Noir Vineyards, Yellow Rock. Located in the Sonoma Coast Appelation. During this pass we look for any fruit that doesn't make grade for this stage in the life of the Grape. Anything with bird or yellow jacket damage, sun damage, green…
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Let the harvest begin

The moon is awesome. Tomorrow it will be full. The weather is so muggy this morning. Let harvest begin. This time of year puts water in my eyes. The comradery is beyond words. The men and woman are so happy, smiles from ear to ear, this is it. It makes me have goose bumps, total…
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First Night Harvest

Getting ready for bed. Gotta get up at one am tomorrow to get our first Pinot noir pick underway. We will have 25 men and woman picking in the morning. It will take us about five hours to pick 15 ton. I will send pics of our picking and maybe some video footage. It looks…
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Luisa Spritzer

At work, reading magazine section NY Times and the One-Page "What I'm Drinking" by Mario Batali....and in honor of Eric Ross's Albarino... ...."I like to muddle 5 (lemon verbena) leaves in the bottom of a wineglass with a brown-sugar cube and a couple of raspberries, and then top the little fiesta with stinging-cold Albarino to…
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Trick Pony or Trick Bear?

In wine tasting one over looked aspect is the idea of having food while you taste. Most tasting rooms do not have anything but some water crackers to help clear the palette. But when you drink wine do you only have a cracker here and there while you drink? Most people tend to eat with…
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Locals question of the day!

We meet so many interesting people at Locals that we thought it would be fun to occasionally take a little poll. This past Saturday we asked folks this question; What was your mothers signature dish? What follows are the answers we got. Feel free to add your own answers in the comments section below. Dave…
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