In The Vineyard

Send the Sizzle for Shizzle!

August 24, 2010

That’s right, it’s 106 deg f in Healdsburg right now. Considering it’s August 24th, this should be sending us all screaming for the valleys trying to steal someones crew to get grapes picked. However, there is nobody flailing about. Why? Well, you’ve perhaps heard the endless litany of how cold it is in CA wine […]

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Late but looking good – Veraison in Progress at Floodgate Vineyard

August 3, 2010

Working with grapes that ripen early in the season can be a tough road at times because you often are walking a tightrope when it comes to harvest time. Warm weather can make you scramble to get a crew together at a moments notice to get the grapes off the vine before the sugar levels […]

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Warm weather in the Russian River Valley has the Pinot catching up fast

June 22, 2010

June 22, 2010 I found myself out in the Russian River Valley today so I swung into Floodgate Vineyard to check on the Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer blocks. After a slow start to the growing season with late rains and cool temps through May and into June, we are now catching up with mid eighties […]

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Spring in the Vineyard

June 15, 2010

Maybe it’s a sign that I’ve found the right line of work but I’m continually amazed at how beautiful the vineyards are as they come to life each spring. Here are a few random shots of the young vines from several of our vineyards this spring. Cheers, Alan

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Bloom in the Floodgate Gewürztraminer

May 31, 2010

Serena and I took a swing through the Gewürz block of the Floodgate Vineyard today to see how bloom was progressing. We’ve had a long cool spring and so bloom was delayed approximately ten days. Also we’ve seen rains moving through recently. We’ll have to come back and check to see what pollination rates are […]

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