Sonoma in the City

July 18, 2011

We had the pleasure of pouring for two days in San Francisco last week.  Sonoma in the City is a great event where you get to taste a bunch of wines all from Sonoma County.  Why is that so cool? – because you get to see how various producers in one AVA or across the […]

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Pinot Days SF 2011

June 21, 2011

We spent Saturday 6/18/11 in San Francisco at Fort Mason pouring our 2009 Floodgate and Perli Pinot noir at the San Francisco Pinot Days grand tasting. We have not yet released the 2009 vintage so it was fun for us to hear people’s thoughts on the wines, which we love and can’t be more thrilled […]

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A flurry of activity resulting in a “soon to be open” announcement

June 6, 2011

While the silence on our blog was deafening, we were heads down building our new tasting room!  We found a space in Healdsburg about 2 blocks from the central square.  Because our focus is on small, handcrafted lots, we got together with another winemaker (Christian Stark of Stark Wine) who is also a boutique wine […]

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Budbreak in the Floodgate Vineyard 2011

April 6, 2011

Spring is an amazing time to be in the vineyards of the Russian River Valley, especially Floodgate where we get the majority of our Pinot noir for Cartograph wines. As the days get warmer and longer you see and hear all sorts of birds migrating north. Even though you can’t see any visible growth on […]

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World of Pinot Noir 2011

March 6, 2011

Thanks to everyone who visited us at World of Pinot Noir. Our first visit- won’t be our last. There were so many great wines and I probably only tasted 40%, so I won’t say this is a best of anything, but rather a few wines I loved. Thanks to the alphabet – we poured between […]

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Gewürztraminer: 2009 was a success, what’s happening with 2010?

February 8, 2011

“No thanks, I don’t like sweet wines.” We hear that often when we are pouring our Gewurztraminer, because lots of people have tasted very sweet, cloying Gewurtztraminer.  That is not the type of Gewurztraminer that we enjoy nor is it how Alan makes the Cartograph Gewurztraminer. So, when we see people shying away from tasting […]

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Cartograph Featured in Artful Living Magazine

January 18, 2011

Back in November we had the pleasure of meeting the writer David Mahoney who was in Sonoma county to interview winemakers with ties to Minnesota.  During his visit, David interviewed  Dave Ready from Murphy-Goode, Scott Adams from Bella Winery, Dan Gustafson of Gustafson Family Vineyards, and our winemaker Alan Baker. We had a great time […]

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2010, What a Year in the Vineyard!

November 12, 2010

Now that all the 2010 Cartograph wines are safely tucked away in barrel for the winter, we can take a moment to reflect on a season that held many surprises. We had abundant rainfall in the winter of 2009/2010 and a cold spring which gave us quite a late start. And considering the cool foggy […]

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Vinwood processes more grapes in a day than we’d pick in 115 years!

October 21, 2010

OK, the headline is a bit inflammatory but after visiting a Cabernet pick for Leslie Sisneros’ Ispiri wines on Pine Mountain yesterday, we drove by the Kendall Jackson Vinwood facility near Geyserville and saw the long line of trucks with loaded valley bins waiting to check through the sugar shack and unload on the crushpad. […]

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Pressing and Barreling Down the Pinot Noir

October 13, 2010

The last of the 2010 Pinot Noir is going into barrel today! The grapes were picked the last couple weeks of September and had about a five day cold soak followed by 8-10 days of fermentation.  When the fermentation was over (meaning the Pinot was dry which means no residual sugars as evidenced by a […]

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