Bressler Vineyards

We picked the Bressler Cabernet this morning. It was pretty fun. It was the first time I’ve seen David Abreu’s crew night picking. I arrived there about 6:30am, when it’s still really dark out, so I knew I’d get there before they started picking. I was driving down South Crane and I see these big […]

Continue reading

Grand Sumo

A lot of things have happened since my last entry, but let me start with yesterday. We picked 9 tons of wonderful Blue Oak Cabernet Sauvignon for Selene on Tuesday. We crushed that at Laird. The picking went really well, the fruit looked good and came off clean, not too many leaves. We racked a […]

Continue reading

T-Bins

It’s early in the morning, and I wanted to catch up on the past couple of days. On Wednesday we picked Cab Franc and Petit Verdot at Bressler Vineyards. The fruit looks good. It’s been a nice year for those vines. We picked just under 2 tons for the Franc, and a little under ½ […]

Continue reading

Vineyard Walks

Stuff is really starting to come together. I went out to look at a couple of vineyards for Clients this morning. One on top of Mt. Veeder and then over to Palmaz. They have a nice big ranch out there, so Tina (their winemaker) and I walked the whole vineyard. We probably have 3 or […]

Continue reading

Sleep is good

I got to sleep in this morning! I was waiting for Whitney Fisher, from Fisher Vineyards, to call me and I knew it wouldn’t be before 8:30am. She had some things to do early this morning at the winery including pump-overs, loading Chardonnay grapes into the press, and putting some Chardonnay juice down to barrels. […]

Continue reading

Frediani Merlot & Franc

It was Selene’s first red grape pick for the year. We picked at Frediani Family Vineyards up in Calistoga. We picked Merlot and Cab Franc today. Selene’s been getting this Merlot from Frediani since the 1997 harvest, and the Cab Franc since 2002. Both sites are really nice, not too far from the Silverado Trail […]

Continue reading

Heating up

It’s 7pm now and I was talking about the wind up at Stagecoach earlier today. It was really windy up there. It’s close to 1300 feet in elevation where my vineyard is. When I got back down to the valley, I noticed there wasn’t a hot dry wind. Even at Dalla Valle, which is at […]

Continue reading