Thank you, friends, for all of your concerned calls and emails. It was a scary night and our hearts go out to those who were seriously impacted by yesterday's earthquake. We are very thankful to be able to report that all of our people are safe and that there was no damage to the winery, vineyards or caves. If you have an appointment to visit us (or would like to make one), we are keeping regular hours and look forward to seeing you!
I recently returned from a trip to Portugal to visit the cork forests and processing facilities that produce the corks that finish our wines. It was a great experience and a chance to learn about a critical step in the winemaking process that often gets taken for granted.
Who Has What?
This is not just the title of my preschool-aged kids current favorite book (let’s not go there), but also an interesting field of viticulture called ampelography, basically, a way to identify a grapevine variety at all stages of growth and development. The U.C. Davis professor who trained me (and thousands of others) in this field is Dr. Andy Walker, a passionate scientist with a lot of great stories about the pioneers of Californian grape and wine research.