Monthly Archives: October 2013

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The Indifference of Roussanne

We still can’t quite believe how early our red wine harvest came this year. We finished picking on Wednesday morning, October 16. We are now barreling down those last Grenache lots. Harvest came so fast in fact, that Ruben and La Cuadrilla had to frantically pick Sangiovese because the Grenache was already ripe and ready to be harvested on the heels of the Sangio. In Read More →

Charles Banks on Syrah

Charles Banks recently announced a partnership with Bob Lindquist, founder of Qupe Winery. Bob Lindquist was among the first California winemakers to dedicate a winery to Syrah, and he has carried the Syrah torch ever since founding Qupe in 1982. After I read the press release, in which Charles proclaimed his excitement for the future of Syrah; I wanted to find out why Charles Banks Read More →

Don’t be afraid of Multi-Vintage wine!

Peter Neptune MS taught me that Non-Vintage Champagne winemakers are perhaps the most talented in the world. They are tasked with making Champagnes with a distinctive house style year in and year out, despite fluctuations in weather and growing conditions. Not only do they modify their winemaking approach for each lot, but then they assemble their cuvees from different varietals, vintages, and vineyards to mold Read More →

A Perfect Vintage finished before the Rain‏

Mother Nature seemed to send us a signal on Wednesday, October 8th. For over a week meteorologists forecasted rain, giving us just enough time to pick all of our red grapes off of the vine. We took it right up to the wire, finishing just before dawn on Wednesday morning. Sunrise revealed high, dark clouds, and the morning brought with it blustery winds off of Read More →

Hanging on the Vine for Points

I received Ruben Solorzano’s harvest report as soon as we arrived back in cell service on the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain. Scrolling through block after block of harvested grapes brought home the importance of the viticultural revolution happening right now at Stolpman Vineyards. Following a sales trip in San Francisco (where we caught the America’s Cup finals), Napa, and Sonoma; Jessica and I had Read More →