| Tuesday October 10, 2017
The winery and we are safe. The fires were about 15 miles from us but were moving South of us. All our employees were evacuated but are back in their homes. We did find out many of our local customers lost their homes. The fires are still active, especially over in Napa where a lot of Cabernet is still to be harvested. There may be some smoke taint in the fruit still on the vines. As I have said we have all our grapes harvested.
Tuesday October 10, 2017
I was just over looking at the fire in Geyserville. It is about 3 miles up the hill from the town and at least 6 miles from us. I think another fire would have to start in our valley besides that one to be a problem. When I left the wind had turned to the East away from theWednesday October 18, 2017
The Pocket Fire in Geyserville is still burning but now 65% contained. The firefighters have forced it over the hill and away from us and the town of Geyserville. I drove over there yesterday and I still saw heavy smoke all over the town.
My wound is still ongoing but I was told this Friday they will do a skin graft over the wound and I will be able to take off the bandage in three days.
All the wine has been pressed so now we are topping off barrels and checking to see if all the wines have finished fermentation. Soon I will be able to start figuring in my excel spreadsheet and see which wines we will blend in December........fun
Saturday October 21, 2017
A customer asked questions about the Estate Cuvee so she inspired me to write this for my diary even though I might have mentioned it before............
Back in 1994 I started this winery, I had Pat, and my two
daughters ganging up on me, one 9 and the other 7 so I
needed a new love.
At that time I had produced amateur wine and won a few awards, but at that time in 1994 I did not know a friend who would buy my wine. I decided I would make 420 cases and I thought then, I could consume 5040 bottles in my life time? Maybe 10 years or so, SO
I made 427 cases and entered the Harvest Fair in 1995
with the Estate Cuvee aged 9 months. It was only in the
bottle 6 weeks and it won a gold. Those days a gold meant
something. I think the judges were confused since the
Estate Cuvee was the first premium wine with equal parts
of Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon rounded out with
Carignan and Petite Sirah, a true Red Blend.
The internet was just starting so things changed for me.
Young people started talking about the wine at CompuServe.
I could only keep a few cases for myself, all the
restaurants and retail stores wanted it and customers
In the last few weeks we have installed a canopy which is
real large. It is 14 feet wide and 16 feet tall and 44
feet long. It is not insulated so will get very hot on
warm days or very cold in the winter. What it will be
great for is to store our empty bottles before we bottle
in January and July. In the past we have had to try to
find space in our storage building.
I know I have talked about making less types of wine.
Mainly that was because we were running out of room in our
storage building, especially when we had to store the
empty bottles. When people come to pick up their wine we
have to have all the types of wine flat on 4x4 pallets
which take up a lot of room. That area has a night air fan
so the temperature stays from 50 to 65 degrees all year
round. The fan is on from April until November when the
days are warm and the nights get down to the 50's almost
Harvest is over so I have more idea of what I can blend
and then bottle this year. We now have this canopy to
store the empty bottles so next year I will be able to
make the Escuro and Terre Melange but this year I will not
be making them. We will be making My Zin and RaiZin
though. I have to taste the Mourvedre and Syrah in barrel
now. We had some issues with the fruit for both of those
wines. For sure there will not be enough for a Club
9:00 Pm: I have to have my Knee done on
December 4 so I have to think where we have to stay over
in Napa County. Napa is about one to two hours away from
us so we need to stay there for two nights on December 3
and 4. So I wanted to stay in a nice place over in the St
Helena area so I looked it up and found Harvest Inn, by
I talked to Susie and Pat tonight about what will happen
in those days before and after my surgery. They were upset
I wanted to pay for Charlie Palmer's place and they wanted
to save $100 to go to a lesser place? I am sure they would
have a different take on it. We discussed for a long time
and then I had a great idea: "I will donate all of what we
spend the rest of the year on vacations to the benefit of
Fire Victims". Pat loved that so she is responsible to
find a worthy organization or several.............
I am so excited because I now can spend as much money,
when Susie and Pat are against it because now an equal
amount to people in need. I need a cruise before the end
of the year.............Tomorrow is another day.........
Pat, my lovely wife has a birthday today so I am making
her French Onion Soup from scratch. I have three Julia
Child books open, similar in many ways but there are
interesting variations. It will be fun.
Pat likes Pinot Noir so I went in my cellar and found two
old wines. One is Merry Edwards and the other Sapphire
Hills, both 2002 Pinot Noir wines, did 15 years age them
well........we will see...........
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