Tag Archives: The Grape Whisperer

Beginnings of the Grape Whisperer


Ever since Journalist Matt Kettman crowned vineyard manager Ruben Solórzano The Grape Whisperer, both the Stolpman Vineyards family and the Solórzano family have teased Ruben quite a bit. We all know there is truth to this title. Ruben intuitively farms the ranch and hears, sees, and senses the vines’ health. He pushes the vines to the brink annually through the twists and turns of the Read More →

Mid-Harvest Update: To Pick or Not to Pick?!


Since my first harvest upon returning to the Family in 2009, I’ve come to realize that every vintage has its own unique cycles of excitement, nerves, and, knock on wood… relief! In 2009, I drove the fruit truck every night back and forth between the vineyard and our Lompoc winery. That year, relief came when big rain drops started splattering on the wide truck windshield. Read More →