Monthly Archives: August 2014

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The New Era

If you have any doubt about our dedication to making the absolute best wine possible, I invite you to take a stroll through our cuverie. Row on row of beautiful (in a way only a proud owner can love) 4-ton open-top unsealed concrete fermenters stand full of BB-sized purple Syrah grapes. As we debut the 2012 Syrahs this fall, our customers will taste not only Read More →

TexSom Syrah Seminar

Gr TexSom 2014, perhaps the most important annual sommelier conference in the US, featured a varietal focus seminar on Syrah. Syrah, loved for its complexity and age-worthiness, has to rank at the very top of the list of Sommeliers’ favorite varietals. The room was packed. Firmly placing Ballard Canyon in the Syrah spotlight, moderator Josh Raynolds presented 2012 Stolpman Estate Syrah with 8 other Syrahs Read More →

2014 Vintage Outlook

Because of the even-moderate heat and drought conditions, we will begin picking Syrah in late August, a record early harvest. Previously, we have started Syrah harvest with Ruben’s block as early as the first week of September. On average we forecast to pick two weeks earlier than any past vintage. P H E N O L I C  R I P E N E S Read More →

Dinner in the Vineyard : Farm to Table evening benefitting La Cuadrilla Foundation

On August 2nd, guests gathered under the oak grove at Villa Angeli for a wonderful night benefitting the new La Cuadrilla Foundation. W A L K I N G  T O U R S The night began with guided walking tours. From the perimeter of Villa Angeli guests took in the view of all of Ballard Canyon AVA. We pointed out the northernmost Tierra Alta Read More →