Vineyard & Winery Activities This Season

The first quarter of 2017 is underway. Let’s see what wineries are up to… Vineyard Activities Vines are currently in the dormant stage in vineyards across California. Vineyard managers are planning their pruning strategy, which is the most important operation … Read More »

Aeration, Decantation , Oxidation and More

Many people are interested to know if our wines would benefit from decanting or aerating, versus pouring straight from the bottle. This is an important aspect of tasting wine, since we want our wines to showcase their best attributes.     … Read More »

Understanding Sulfur Levels in Wine

Back in Ancient Rome, winemakers would burn candles made of sulfur in empty wine containers (called amphorae) to keep the wines from turning to vinegar. Winemakers began using sulfur in the winemaking process during the early 1900s to stop bacteria … Read More »

Holiday Wine Pairing Guide

The time has come to start preparing for holiday celebrations and festivities. Pairing food and wine for you and your guests can sometimes be challenging. Our number one tip? Serve an assortment of wine to satisfy a wide range of … Read More »

Corkscrews, My True Passion

Sometimes I receive questions on Facebook asking me if I have tried the latest wine gadget to hit the market. A recent question referred to the new Coravin corkscrew, the “Elite Two.” As I was replying that I have not … Read More »

Picking Grapes at Maturity

Brix is the name of a very good restaurant located in Yountville in the middle of the Napa Valley. Brix (the amount of sugar content in a liquid) is also one of the essential data points in grape analysis; one … Read More »

Meet Our Winemaker

I grew up in the Bordeaux region of France, which is well known for its Chateaux and vineyards, the coastal climate of the Atlantic and its historical towns. My family’s only remote connection to wine is through my grandfather. Indeed, … Read More »

Milestones in the American Wine Business

If you are talking to friends and family about malolactic fermentation, barrels or yeast, while you are enjoying a glass of wine, you are showing off and sharing your knowledge of wine. This is a wonderful thing as wine will … Read More »