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Harvest 2017

Harvest 2017

Harvest 2017 is winding down. It was not easy!

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The Perfectly Ripe Grape Cluster

The Perfectly Ripe Grape Cluster

Some musings on the question of ripeness and style.

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It Takes a Village

It Takes a Village

During harvest, we celebrate happy hour. Not so much to blow off steam, and not every day, but once in a while, and to remind ourselves why we like to make wine. And so it's usually something good, that we can reflect upon together, even if its just for a few minutes.

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How I Make Wine These Days part 2

How I Make Wine These Days part 2

More thoughts.

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Hands on Winemaking

Hands on Winemaking

I have a saying--you shouldn't call yourself a winemaker if you don't actually touch the wine. That might be a bit harsh but in my case, I can't fully understand what's going on with a wine during fermentation unless I spend some time with it in the cellar. 

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Chardonnay

Chardonnay

No, it is not a latte. This is what Chardonnay juice looks like when it's being pressed, and no sulfur has been added. 

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It is happening again--notes on harvest 2016

It is happening again--notes on harvest 2016

2016: the grapes are in, now to finish the wines.

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How I make wine these days

How I make wine these days

A few years ago, I had an epiphany: that I needed to open myself to the broadest possibilities in terms of how I made wine. 

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Musings on making wine in two hemispheres

Musings on making wine in two hemispheres

Since 2003, I have been working two harvests a year: California, where most of my work is, and Casablanca Chile, where I work with Kingston Family Vineyard.  This has put more than a couple of gray hairs on my head, but has also let me fast forward my enological education, by making wine twice a year instead of just once. Pinot Noir, in particular, has a very different expression in Casablanca Chile than it does elsewhere in the world, and dealing with this has made me a more thoughtful winemaker, in ways I would not have discovered had I not ventured outside of California.

 

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Vintage 2014

Vintage 2014

2014 was an early harvest, one of the earliest in my 30 years of making wine. It was also one of my favorite harvests, now that the wines are finished.

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