Archive for August, 2008

Let the Picking Begin!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

The routine starts the night before a pick. I always make chorizo, egg and cheese burritos. I’m a night person so I don’t function well at 4am. You can’t beat throwing a burrito in the microwave on your way out the door to a pick. Plus it stays with you until lunch, which will be [...]

I Love Sampling!

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Okay, just so you don’t think I was whining in my previous post. Check out the ground in the center of the rows in the dry farmed Merlot. I probably look drunk the way I walk through that vineyard. Anyway, we had another great day of sampling. Here is the Cabernet Franc vineyard. There are [...]

Up, Down and Old

Monday, August 18th, 2008

I should know the routine by now. I think I could sample grapes in my sleep! I don’t know why I work out in the morning, when I end up walking up and down vineyard rows, zig zagging and dodging all ankle biters (weeds). We got a sample of the Sauvignon Blanc blocks at Hyde [...]

Cabernet Franc and Merlot Samples

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Mia and I went out to sample the Cabernet Franc and the two Merlot vineyards at Frediani up in Calistoga today. We also stopped by Bressler Vineyards in St. Helena to get a sample of their Merlot. Here is the 181 Merlot at Frediani. There are still some pink berries here and there. It is [...]

Dead Fred Verasion

Monday, August 11th, 2008

We stopped by Dead Fred Vineyard today, and caught the last bit of verasion (color change in berries). You can see a little bit of pink in some of the berries. Then there were some vines that looked like this: You might remember the frost pictures we posted. Well, this is one of those vines. [...]

Sampling and more Sampling

Monday, August 11th, 2008

Well, it’s the beginning. Harvest 2008 is around the corner, so that means visiting vineyards and sampling the grapes. I took this picture of our Sauv Blanc at the ‘newer block’ at Hyde Vineyards on July 21st. Notice how the clusters look a little loose. There is space between the berries, and the clusters are [...]

August 21st, 2008 – Wine Tasting and Dinner

Monday, August 4th, 2008

A Night with Mia Klein, at Vino Restaurant in Honolulu, HI on August 21st, 2008. First there will be a Winetasting.  Join Chuck Furuya and Mia from 5:30 to 7:00pm for the entire Selene lineup: 2007 Selene Sauvignon Blanc, Hyde Vineyards 2006 Selene Merlot, Frediani Vineyard 2005 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Selene Chesler Red Wine Then the Winemaker [...]