Harvest is close at hand, and our job these days is to study every detail and respond to the cues that Mother Nature delivers to us.
The Amador and Petersen ladies. We are so grateful for how our family pulled together to restore our estate after the floods this year. Now that things are back to normal, it’s a joy to celebrate together!
Review of the 2017 Reserve Pinot Noir: The PinotFile calls this wine—made in a limited run of 74 cases—“surprisingly forward for a 2017 release, displaying a deep spiced cherry-flavored core filled out with a bit of toasty oak in the background. Soothing in texture and easy to like. Score: 93.”
Jumping into the weekend like…
WINE BLOGGER OF THE MONTH: We love our local wine bloggers here in California Wine Country, and we were so happy to have a visit from Ashley, aka @redswineadventure last month. Ashley has the lofty goal of visiting EVERY Winery in Sonoma County, and she’s well on her way with over 100 visits so far. We love following her on Instagram to get ideas for more places to visit in this beautiful part of the world. THANK YOU Ashley for your commitment to our winery and this wonderful business!
Grateful for this guest review of the Gracianna tasting room experience: “This wonderful winery offered us a private tour by the owners of the grounds and the house. For the pricing, you’ll be hard to find a better deal with the time, quality, and effort you’re given. I’d absolutely recommend visiting Gracianna!”
Sun is out, chardonnay is on ice. Who’s coming out to see us this weekend?
We make our wine at an offsite winery, and we spend a lot of time there checking on our wine in the barrels and keeping an eye on the bottling and labeling process. Once it a while we do a little barrel tasting to see how things are coming along.
Vino for breakfast? Don’t mind if we do.
Lately, we’ve been doing some leafing on our Mercedes Riverblock Pinot Noir vines- our team trims off the leaves and vines on the side that faces the morning sun, to let the light filter through. The leaves are left in place on the side that gets afternoon sun to protect the grapes from the intense heat. It’s all about growing the best possible fruit that requires minimal intervention to make brilliant wine!