Monthly Archives: December 2012

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The 2012 Vintage: Trusted Reds and a Flood of Pink

With the 2012 wines just put in barrel, there’s already controversy a foot up and down the West Coast. Since September, the wine industry (including yours truly) has been boasting about the perfect growing season and harvest. Moderate spring conditions produced a healthy bud-break, flowering, and fruit set. Then, even peak heat averaging in the high 80’s and low 90’s gave the vines the energy Read More →

It’s not just Tacos & Lip Service here at Stolpman!

On December 6th, we gathered under the Oak tree to say Thank You to La Cuadrilla, enjoy a meal together, and distribute the profits of the Cuadrilla blend. Mother Nature gave us a perfect growing season in 2012, and it was up to La Cuadrilla to insure every grape picked reached its maximum potential. Tom Stolpman, the Patron, drove up from Long Beach; the winemaking Read More →

Olive Harvest LA CUADRILLA Style

Every year, as soon as we finish our grape harvest, La Cuadrilla shifts their attention to Olives. Olives can be picked anywhere from right now through February, but the longer you wait, the more rain falls, and the olives become fat and diluted. By picking immediately after the grape harvest, the Leccino, Pendolino, Frantoio, and Maurino olives give us rich and robust oil. For the Read More →